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How To Bake Your Makeup Correctly For Your Age

How To Bake Your Makeup Correctly For Your Age

How The Technique of Baking Makeup Varies Based On Age.

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Have you heard of baking?  But not the type of baking that we associate with cookies.  I'm talking about makeup baking.  The term "baking makeup" refers to applying lots of translucent loose powder to the face.  You apply the loose powder to the highlighted areas of your face, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe the excess away.  The heat from your face "bakes" the powder into your makeup, hence the term.  You may have heard of baking before, especially if you are a makeup lover, but did you know that the technique varies depending on your age?  To learn how to bake correctly for your specific age, please keep reading.

chart showing how to highlight and contour makeup on face

Before I get into baking, I want to quickly review the technique of contour and highlight.   In the picture above, everywhere you see the letter "C", you want to create a shadow by applying a cream contour stick in a shade darker than your foundation shade.  Where you see the letter "H", you want to create a highlight by applying a cream contour stick in a shade lighter than your foundation shade.  After highlighting, you would then bake your highlighted areas in translucent powder. 

The advantages of baking makeup are many.  By setting your highlighted creamy areas with powder, you are essentially make them sweat proof and oil proof.  We all hate to look in the mirror and find that half our makeup is gone a few hours after application.  Sweat and oil can make creamy makeup like foundation, concealer, and cream contour sticks, melt off of our skin.  The best way to guard against this is to bake the creamy makeup with translucent loose powder.  Baking can also help to even out application in places where we forgot to blend our light and dark contour out.

Baking is a great idea, but it does have its flaws, and the flaws are most noticeable when you pass a certain age.  The biggest flaw of baking is that it can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles.  If you are starting to develop fine lines and wrinkles in your under eye area, you should not bake under your eyes.  That section should be left completely without loose powder.  Luckily, because the under eye area rarely gets oily, there is not a big chance that your under eye makeup will sweat off.  If you bake over your fine lines and wrinkles, these lines will become more noticeable.  As a general rule, I do not bake the under eye area of anyone over the age of 28.  

Baking can also look bad on people with dry skin, and dryness of the skin is another condition that increases with age.  I suffer from both fine lines and wrinkles and very dry skin, and both conditions got worse after I past the age of 30.  As a result, I do not bake my T-zone- my forehead and the areas on each side of my nose- at all.  I only bake the sides of my face and my jaw area, which is a very big oily area.  If you are 30 something, I would recommend completely staying away from baking your T zone and your under eye area.

Below are some pictures of me doing a typical makeup application on my face.  I will walk you through the steps I take to make my makeup look the best.  I will also show you a picture where I have baked my under eye area and T-zone, and a picture where I have not baked these areas.  You will be able to easily see the fine lines and wrinkles in the one where I baked those areas.

How To Bake Your Makeup Correctly For Your Age

Here is my bare face.  I have moisturized the face, added an under eye oil serum, and added a primer.  I currently use this moisturizer at the moment and am loving it.  I make my own eye serum out of essential oils.  I currently use this primer and am very happy with it.

How To Bake Your Makeup Correctly For Your Age

In this picture I have applied color corrector.  I use coral pink to neutralize the dark circles under my eyes, and I use green to neutralize the red spots and scarring on my face.  I use this green product to cover the red.  The product I use to cover my dark circles is Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick, Coral Sheen, 0.24 Ounce.  This product has since been discontinued so you will not find it in the stores, but you can still buy it from Amazon thankfully.  I don't know why companies discontinue really great products.

How To Bake Your Makeup Correctly For Your Age

In this picture I have applied my cream contour.  My favorite cream contour makeup to use is this product by Revlon.  I use them in 006 for the dark and 001 for the light.  I especially love this product because it does not any contain beeswax or microcrystaline waxes, both of which I am very allergic too.  You can read more about my allergy to certain waxes here: Wax Free Lip Product List.

You can see where I apply the dark shade and where I apply the light shade to create the illusion of shadows and highlight on my face.  After blending my highlight, I would then apply translucent powder to the highlighted sides of my face and highlighted jaw area only.  My absolute favorite baking powder of all time is  this product by Laura Mercier.  You can purchase it from Amazon here: Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder - Secret Brightening Powder 1, 0.14 oz.. I refrain from applying any powder to the highlighted area under my eyes, on each side of my nose, or on my forehead, because of my fine lines and dry skin.

Now I am going to show you a picture where I applied powder to the under eye area and T -Zone:

me showing how to bake your makeup

You can clearly see the lines under my eyes because of the powder that I baked with.

Now I am going to show you two pictures where I did not apply powder under my eyes:

How To Bake Your Makeup Correctly For Your Age

How To Bake Your Makeup Correctly For Your Age

You can easily see a visible reduction in the amount of fine lines and wrinkles.

This is why I advise all 30 somethings to refrain from baking their under eye and T-zone area.

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