Remember high school? More specifically, remember make-up trends back when our generation was in high school? I was shopping at the mall in San Antonio a few months ago and overheard a young lady say she was buying make-up for homecoming. Homecoming! I know that shouldn’t sound like a big deal, but you should have seen this girl. I would have sworn she was in her twenties. High heels. Blazer. And a perfectly made up face, complete with contouring. I suddenly had a flashback to sophomore year. Blue eyeliner. White eyeshadow. Purple mascara. And glitter lip gloss.
My oh my…how the make-up game has changed.
I’ve been watching all kinds of YouTube tutorials, trying to learn how to up my make-up game. I’ve always worn make-up, but my war paint was more “basic and traditional”. Ya know, foundation, blush, and maybe some concealer. Call it a day. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve been interested in wanting to learn more. What exactly is foundation primer? What does it do? How do I get the perfect smoky eye? How does contouring actually work? (Side note about contouring: I couldn’t tell a difference until I started using quality products. Turns out, quality matters.)
So I’ve learned about foundation primer (you can read that article here). I’m getting better at the smoky eye each time I try to apply it. And I’m finally starting to get the hang of contouring. And then what happens?
I hear about face baking.
Yes. You read that right. Face. Baking.
I was reading an article on Snapchat one day that was walking it’s readers through Kylie Jenner’s make-up routine. She went through all of the basic steps and then talked about face baking. The woman writing the article demonstrated the technique and explained exactly what “baking your face” is. I immediately wanted to try it.
I’m not sure how long this technique has been around or who came up with it. But whoever you are, wherever you are, YOU are a war paint genius.
Basically, “face baking” is a method of make-up application using a loose, translucent powder, a sponge, and a blending brush. You apply the powder to certain areas of your face, pressing it into your skin. You leave the powder on your face for 5-10 minutes (I usually do 10), and then gently brush it away with a blending brush. Sounds simple enough, right?
A lot of the articles I read on face baking said that it was used to conceal creases and give a flawless finish. What I have personally loved about it is this: It helps clean up my contouring on my cheeks. It gives my eyes a wake up call and conceals the bags. And gives my forehead a little bit of a glow. As far as “concealing creases” goes? Well, my WTF?! lines between my eyes and on my head run real deep. I can’t blame face baking for not being able to completely conceal them. I mostly blame all the dirty looks I’ve given over the years and my inability to convince my husband I need Botox. For someone who doesn’t have the deep dark valleys between their eyes? I can see this being the perfect finishing touch to your make-up routine. And even with the wrinkles, this method really does pull a face together.
I will share all the products I used to get the finished look and tell you exactly how I applied it. (It’s not perfect. Remember, I’m still learning too.). But first, let me show you the blank canvas…
There is no filter and no make-up added in this picture. Only thing fake about this face is the eyelashes. Blank. Canvas.
And just to prove my point even further that make-up is a helluva drug, here’s what just contouring can do…
These were taken on the same day…about an hour apart. Here they are, side-by-side:
I’m not too thrilled about my non-filtered face out there of front street. But I wanted to show you how learning a few good make-up techniques was a game changer for me.
Okay my fellow Booty Crockers. Let’s move on to baking.
Before applying your loose, translucent baking powder, you want to have most of your make-up already done. Here is a picture of what I looked like before I baked…
In the picture above, the only thing missing is the baking, mascara on my bottom lashes, blush, and lipstick. I’ve applied primer, foundation, contouring, highlighter, eyeshadow, and liner. Again, you’ll be able to see the links to all the products I used at the end of this post.
Before starting the baking process, and this is important, please do a quick wipe over the places you are going to apply the powder to. This is to make sure that any make-up that may have settled in the creases gets wiped away before applying the powder. I usually take a sponge and gently wipe underneath my eyes and in between my eyebrows. That is where my make-up settles in the most so I want to make sure those creases (I like the word “creases” better than “wrinkles”) are free from any excess make-up that may have gathered there.
I’ve read that using a damp sponge to apply the powder makes it easier. But I’ve been using a dry sponge and it has also worked just fine. I do, however, use a make-up sponge that has a sharp, angled edge, and a pointed edge. You can find the ones I like to use on Amazon by clicking here.
Apply the powder by dipping the sponge in, and pressing it against/into your skin. I use the sharp angled edge of the sponge under my eyes and around my contouring. And I use the pointed tip in between my eyebrows.
Here is a picture of each side after the powder has been applied…
I apply it under both eyes, just beneath my contouring lines on my cheeks, and in between my eyebrows. Here is a close up…
This first time I tried this, it was a disaster. I put the powder all the way down my nose to the tip, and then also put it on my chin. By the time I brushed it away, I looked like a less attractive Edward Cullen that’s standing in the sunlight.
It took practice to see which way worked for me.
After applying the powder and letting it sit for ten minutes, I then brush the excess powder away with brush. I use a big, loose brush on my cheeks and a smaller brush under and in between my eyes. You can find them on Amazon by clicking here.
After I’m done wiping away the loose powder, I add blush, mascara on my bottom lashes, and lipstick. Here is what it looks like on each side when it’s finished…
And here it is, straight on…
And here is a side-by-side picture, before and after baking…
I do think it does pull everything together and give off a certain glow. Dare I say it makes my face less boring? I think so. But here’s the thing…it’s A LOT of make-up. This isn’t necessarily a good thing if you’re looking for an everyday look. However, for a special night out or a day when you know there are going to be epic photo opps…it’s definitely worth taking the time to do it. Just have fun experimenting with it. Maybe you’ll get some humorous looks out of the deal that you can laugh at later. I know I did.
This make-up journey has been so fun for me. At the risk of sounding basic, I love playing in make-up. I love trying new looks. I love watching YouTube tutorials and then attempting to try them out myself. Sometimes they turn out great. Other times I look like MiMi from the Drew Carey show. It’s a toss up. Either way, “Finding Mrs. Carter”, and learning who I am as a wife and stay-at-home mother has been one of my greatest adventures yet. I can’t wait to see where it leads me next.
To shop all the make-up I used in these pics, please click the links below:
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- Foundation Primer
- Contour Stick
- Eyebrow Pencil
- Eyebrow Kit
- Baking Powder
If you have a make-up technique, or know of something I should try, please leave me a comment below! I would love to hear what ya got!
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