Today we’ll be going over how to bake and whether or not you actually should.
Should you bake or not depends on a few things:
1. What type of skin you have
2. How much make-up you are applying
3. What kind of look you are going for.
Now, if you have very dry skin (especially under the eyes) or more mature skin, baking might now be for you. The reason for this is because powders tend to suck up moisture. If you’re already starting off dry, that’s a disaster waiting to happen. As we mature our skin tends to dry out, so- I’m sorry ladies- but mature skin is also not going to be a great candidate for baking. If you want to go for it anyway, moisturize like your life depends on it.
Well let’s say you do have dry skin, or you’re oily, and you want to bake anyway. If you’re going for a heavier look, baking might work out for you.
When did baking start?
Let’s take a step back to the days when theater was basically television. The actors used very heavy make-up, pancake make-up (where did you think the saying “cake face” came from?). Well, using less wasn’t an option because they needed to be seen from the cheap seats. So they would apply heavy layers of Makeup, but if they didn’t powder enough, the make-up would slip and slide around. Well combine lots of thick make-up, thick powders, and hot spot lights, and you’ll think you were being cooked in an oven. Insert social media recycling “trends” and there you go! We also can’t forget the drag community who brought it to the mainstream!
So if you’re wearing a heavy layer (nothing wrong with that, just sayin’), then just normal setting might not work. You might notice you crease. Well one way to get around baking if it’s not your cup of tea, is to use color corrector, and thin layers of concealer. That way you get the coverage, but don’t have to go so heavy of the application.
If you’re going for a natural look, baking might not be for you. Baking tends to be used more with dramatic looks (hence the heavier make-up application it’s used with.) Some people like to use a little more powder than normal and set it like that for a more natural look (mini bake if you will), but the only downside to that is that it gets rid of the skins natural texture, making you look a little more made up. Basically if you’re going for a no make-up make-up look, I would slip the bake.
So what is it good for then?
Some people like to use it for an extra boost for their Kim Kardashian-esque highlight. Others can’t find any other way to make sure their concealer sets properly. But please keep in mind, just like anything else with make-up, nothing is one size fits all. Keep in mind your skin tone, skin type, and what look you’re trying to achieve.
By the way, if I sound a little weird its because my flight is landing. I’m probably going to have to edit this later, but just letting you guys know! But if you guys do want to check out the other episodes of Makeup Rulez, click here!
So would try this now that you know how to bake? Should you bake? Did you imagine me whipping out cupcakes every time I said bake? Let me know in the comments below! And if you want a mini tutorial on how to bake, check out the video right below!
Brandenburg Concerto No4-1 BWV1049 – Classical Whimsical by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)