I cannot bake to save my life. I don’t know where your minds went with that, but I mean in both senses (Betty Crocker’s got a girls back). 2016 has definitely been the year of baking your makeup, and as much as I love the concept; my skin doesn’t! In case you’re unfamiliar, baking is when you use a sponge to apply a layer of loose powder either on top of your foundation of concealer. What I found funniest about this term is its literality; the idea is to actually allow the powder to warm up on your face and actually cook your makeup using your body temperature to set the skin in place. Sounds extremely appealing to me, we could all use a little extra staying power with our makeup, am I right? So, naturally I tried it. Most of my favourite beauty gurus suggested using a damp beauty blender, and almost all of them swore by Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Powder (post reviewing that coming soon). So I prepared myself with the best of the best, and it just wouldn’t work! I blamed the powder and tried any others that were suggested; and all I was left with was separated concealer that moved with every tap of the sponge, and a cakey finish. Shit, I thought, maybe me and baking in every form just don’t mix.
This all changed when I rummaged through my mother’s makeup collection and found an old Mac Prep + Prime loose translucent powder. It couldn’t get any worse, I figured, so I tried my luck. Ready for disappointment, I was taken aback as I watched my concealer smoothen out with every tap of the sponge, the powder clung to my undefeated in the most beautiful way. It blurred it out, almost as if I were applying a filter. I thought to myself, THIS must be what they’re all talking about!
All it took was coming across this one random product I’ve never even heard about, and low and behold; I was baked. This underdog is the only product I’ll use to bake now, it’s the only one I’ve tried that’s every worked. If it helps you understand if this could work for you-my skin I’d say is combination, and I dont apply too much concealer, I mostly use it to highlight rather than conceal, and I tend to get creasing right under my lash line. My biggest problem and reason for my baking interest, is that I hate how my under eye area looks. It always seems to separate and look crusty or cakey. It has never looked smooth or clear, there’s always so much texture. So this baking venture has completely ridded me of that problem and now I have clear texture-less under eyes that look almost blurred out!
Let me know what your baking experiences have been, and if you have any suggestions for another powder that could work. I recently bought the RCMA powder and I need to try it out ASAP! Could be the one 🙊