Get bak­ing with your makeup

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If the term bak­ing con­jures up im­ages of cup­cakes and other de­li­cious con­fec­tions, then you’re be­hind the times. It’s ac­tu­ally the latest big makeup trend.

The bak­ing tech­nique has been around for decades, but is cur­rently en­joy­ing a re­vival in light of the ex­treme con­tour­ing craze.

A quick scan of In­sta­grammed photos tagged #bak­ingtech­nique re­veals scores of women cap­tured with var­i­ous amounts of pow­der pat­ted all over their faces.

Bak­ing, in the cos­metic sense, in­volves wet­ting the skin af­ter foun­da­tion and con­cealer have been ap­plied by us­ing a damp sponge to dust pow­der over dark shad­ows or ar­eas of the face that you want to high­light. Apart from high­light­ing fa­cial fea­tures, it also sets makeup to keep your look fresh through­out the day.

For per­fectly baked un­der-eyes and cov­er­ing up dark cir­cles, makeup artist Heidi Hamoud rec­om­mends us­ing a hy­drat­ing eye cream to prep. You can also use a thick, pigmented con­cealer and dab it un­der the eyes, be­fore blend­ing out any creases and tap­ping the area lightly with a face pow­der to set the makeup.

Now comes the bak­ing part. Us­ing a damp sponge, ap­ply a gen­er­ous amount of pow­der un­der the eye, be­fore leav­ing it to set for five min­utes and dust­ing off the ex­cess with a makeup brush.

Use a hard-pressed pow­der to go over the

‘baked’ area with a brush, us­ing light flick­ing mo­tions to smooth ev­ery­thing out, buff off the pow­der and pro­vide ex­tra cov­er­age.

It isn’t just eye bags that can ben­e­fit from the ap­proach — the tech­nique can also be used as a method of con­tour­ing when ap­plied un­der­neath the hol­lows of the cheek­bones and to the chin or down the bridge of the nose for a bak­ing hot look.

Screen­shot from the beauty tu­to­rial, Per­fect Un­der Eye High­light, on YouTube

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