How to Bake your Makeup

How to Bake your Makeup

October 11, 2016 1 Comment

How to Bake Your Makeup

If you’ve been involved with the online beauty community at all lately, you’ve probably heard the term “baking” thrown around. When we first heard about it, our minds instantly drifted to visions of delicious chocolate chip cookies and sugary cupcakes. This type of baking, however, doesn’t happen in the kitchen, but rather at your vanity, and it’s a great way to help your makeup last all day.

Baking, or “cooking” is a face highlighting technique that involves packing a liquid concealer and tons of loose powder onto the high points of your face. The powder sits on your face for a certain amount of time, during which your body heat causes your base makeup and the powder to meld with your skin’s natural oils. Because you give the product ample time to sink in, when the excess powder is brushed away, you’re left with a ton of natural-looking coverage that looks gorgeous for hours. Stage performers have been using this technique for years to help their makeup survive hot studio lights and intense performances, but in the past year, it has become widely used by mainstream beauty influencers and makeup artists for regular women who want to get extra longevity out of their makeup.

Don’t be fooled by the name, though; baking your face absolutely won’t leave you with “cakey” makeup, especially if you follow our special RIMIX recipe: 

You’ll need

-1 clean, freshly moisturized face

-1 silicone-based face primer (try our Camera Ready Primer)

-1 Foundation (try our Hi Def Foundation)

-1 Concealer 1-2 shades lighter than your skin (try our Light Coverage Concealer for dry skin, or our Full Coverage Concealer for oily skin)

-1 loose powder (try our new loose HD powder in Transparent)

-1 damp blending sponge (try our Blend it like Beckham sponge)



  1. Apply a primer to fill in pores and fine lines and a foundation to even out your skin tone.
  2. Blend a layer of a concealer 1-2 shades lighter than your skin onto the points of your face you want to highlight (the center of your forehead, under your eyes, the bridge of your nose, your chin).
  3. Using a damp beauty sponge, pack a generous amount of loose powder on top of the concealer. Don’t skimp on this step! The more powder the better.
  4. Let the powder sit for 10 minutes. During this time, you can continue doing makeup on other parts of your face, like your eyes, eyebrows, or lips, but avoid touching your face.
  5. Brush off any excess powder and finish the look with contour, bronzer, blush, and any other face products you like to apply.

Is this a technique you’ll want to use every day? Probably not. Baking will give you a ton of coverage, and is best reserved for special occasions when you really need it to last (unless you have extremely oily skin and find your foundation breaking up or slipping off your face throughout the day and in that case, baking could be an excellent solution for you!). But setting your foundation and concealer with a light dusting of loose powder, like our new Hi Def Loose Powder, every day is a great way to improve the longevity of your makeup.

1 Response


October 11, 2016

Wow, I have never heard of this “baking” method. Great post!!

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