You start off the day with a perfect finish to your skin, but as the day wears on and you laugh and eat and your nose develops a shine—you start to see lines around the eyes or excess oil around the nose... Girls, it happens to allof us. Thankfully, the wheels of invention spin pretty fast, so a makeup problem today is only waiting for an innovative solution. And boy, do I have one you’ll be happy with…


You may be unfamiliar with the term, but you’ve likely come across that pore-less, flawless foundation finish that seems to achieve unreal levels of perfection on the faces of the Kardashian sisters and the contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Face baking is what that is! And all it requires is an added 20 seconds of your time (plus about 3 minutes of waiting time). Sound too good to be true? Read on for makeup tips on how you can bake your face like the pros.

What face baking is…

Let’s break it down. Face baking is where you apply setting powder to troublesome areas of your face—places where makeup tends to get cakey or to wear off as the day progresses.

The heat from your face helps the setting powder seep into the foundation that you have underneath, baking it into place, and giving you a matte look that lasts all day long. No more 2PM makeup woes!

And it’s all thanks to applying face setting powder at the appropriate time in your morning makeup routine.

Face baking ingredients (aka beauty products)

There are 3 main products involved in the baking process:

A damp beauty blender, makeup sponge, or a foundation brush for applying the setting powder.

The setting powder itself. Choose a fine-milled, translucent setting powder. Whatever is in your makeup kit should work for now. But if you are looking for something to purchase, look for one that is free of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, because that gives a white cast to your face in pics. Also, for ease of use, having a screw cap that you can tip the powder into is also a nice touch.

Big fluffy powder brush for removing the excess powder.

Now that you have your ingredients in place, let’s get cooking!

How to face bake like a pro on your first go…

Do your makeup routine up to your foundation step as you would normally. And to achieve a really flawless finish, don’t forget to prep skin (your skincare routine) and prime skin with a good primer.

For the foundation stage, you will want to use a liquid foundation or one that has some degree of wetness for the powder to melt and seep into.

After applying foundation to your face, use your damp makeup sponge or slightly damp foundation brush to dab-dab-dab your setting powder of choice to the areas of your face you want to “bake.” You can apply this technique everywhere on your face if you want, but it’s not necessary to do so. Focus on the areas you don’t want to budge and where you want that smooth, pore-less finish. Key spots are around the eye area, around the nose, and around the mouth.

After applying a liberal amount of setting powder to those key areas, now comes the waiting part. Most beauty experts suggest anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes. Go for longer if you have the time and you want your makeup to last longer.

Set a timer so that you know when time is up. And then grab a coffee, meditate, look at your to-dos, or whatever else you want to do in this little moment of time.

Once the timer rings, dust any excess powder off with your powder brush.

The base of your face is now baked to perfection and will be the perfect canvas for the rest of your makeup routine… blush, highlighter, eye makeup, brows, etc.

Happy baking, y’all!

—Emma Jean

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