Face-baking: Try this secret make-up technique for flawless skin

It is used to set in the highlighted areas of the face, resulting in flawless skin

Najla Kaddour

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Face-baking is a make-up technique that is rapidly gaining popularity. It is used to set in the highlighted areas of the face, resulting in flawless skin. The process originates from drag queen make-up. It vanishes fine lines, creases and pores, and is often used on brides because it looks stunning in pictures.

Firstly, apply your usual foundation routine and concealer, then highlight the rest of the face by using a cream foundation that is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. You want to highlight the areas where light naturally hits the face: the bridge of your nose, chin and forehead. Take a damp beauty blender and blend everything well to create an airbrushed finish.

Then take your favorite loose powder. If you have a medium to dark complexion, the banana powder by Ben Nye is recommended. For a fair complexion, use pink powder.

Dip your damp beauty blender in the loose powder and press it on the highlighted areas. Apply a generous amount.

Another great trick with face-baking is that you can create a contour on your cheek without actually contouring. Simply use a square damp sponge and apply a sharp line of the loose powder along the hollows of your cheeks. It naturally creates a sharp contour because the highlighted area stands out.

Now that you have applied the loose powder, wait for the powder to ‘’bake’’ your face. This takes five to 10 minutes. Then take a fluffy brush and sweep away all the excess powder... and voila! The skin is left smooth, pore-free and highlighted.