I have noticed a new method of applying makeup cropping up on youtube and blogs. Apparently the technique has been around a while, preferably used by drag queens. Hmmm. Not something that would scream subtle really.
The technique is called baking and it is a method used to set concealer and make it last longer without creasing. It seems like something that would only happen once pigs learnt how to fly. Concealer always creases on me, no matter how I apply it!
However, Wayne Goss rates the technique, as well as Shelby Ashburn, who uses it in pretty much every makeup tutorial as of late. If two of my favourite youtubers rate this technique, it must be worth attempting.
So baking, if you haven’t heard of it, doesn’t involve placing your head in a hot oven. Not recommended in any occasion, actually. It involves packing quite a bit of loose powder with a damp blending sponge over your concealer and leaving for about five minutes. Although, the longer you leave it, the better the results. You then brush away the excess. Sounds pretty simple really, and here’s how I found it.
I used my Bare Minerals Minerals Veil over a blended in Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, packing quite a lot of product into the under eye area, using a damp Real Techniques Blending Sponge. It felt really weird, and all I could see was powder for a few minutes. Whilst I waited for this to ‘bake’, I applied my bronzer and blush, and my lip makeup. This usually takes me about five minutes. I then took a small fluffy brush and swept away any excess powder.
The finish wasn’t as powdery as I first thought, and it did an amazing job at not creasing the concealer under my eyes. Although I was aware, by touch, that there was a lot more product under my eyes, it was not visible.
Have you tried baking your concealer? If you have, what were your experiences? I would recommend it if you do have a bit extra time to apply your makeup. It’s not something you could do in a hurry.
Bye for now!