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We Tried "Baking" Our Makeup And It Was Weird AF

No, we did not put our makeup in the oven.

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As some of you may know, "baking" makeup is a trend that's been taking over Instagram for a while now.

It's a technique that was originally popularized by drag queens.
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It's a technique that was originally popularized by drag queens.

People have been talking about baking recently because makeup artist Wayne Goss posted a video of the "sandbagging" technique, which is very, very similar to baking, though with less of a highlight.

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Basically you go about your face routine as per usual. Apply moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer, and pretty much anything else you put on your face.

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Then you put a heavy layer of translucent powder on top of your blended concealer and allow it to sit on your face for about 10 minutes.

The heat from your face is supposed to "bake" or "cook" the concealer into your face and erase fine lines and pores. We used the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.
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The heat from your face is supposed to "bake" or "cook" the concealer into your face and erase fine lines and pores. We used the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

Finally, you flick the excess powder off your face with a powder brush, and supposedly you'll have an Instagrammable face!

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But does this technique ACTUALLY work? Three women with varying makeup skills attempted to find out what the deal is with baking.

Lara

I do not have any makeup skills. I don't totally get the point of this technique? And it seems like so much work. But if it makes my skin look smoother or something, I'm into it. It was...weird. Like I wasn't totally sure what I was doing, tbh, and even now, after doing it, I still have no idea. It was such a process. Like, it actually probably wasn't, but I think if I had to do this every day it would take up a lot of my time. And I kept getting powder everywhere. Like it's all over my clothing and my eyelashes and in my nose.

Would you recommend baking? I think if someone would want to do this and would know how to do it, then they should do it. But I also don't think it actually does anything? So maybe just watch some TV instead.

I do not have any makeup skills. I don't totally get the point of this technique? And it seems like so much work. But if it makes my skin look smoother or something, I'm into it. It was...weird. Like I wasn't totally sure what I was doing, tbh, and even now, after doing it, I still have no idea. It was such a process. Like, it actually probably wasn't, but I think if I had to do this every day it would take up a lot of my time. And I kept getting powder everywhere. Like it's all over my clothing and my eyelashes and in my nose.

Would you recommend baking? I think if someone would want to do this and would know how to do it, then they should do it. But I also don't think it actually does anything? So maybe just watch some TV instead.

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I do not have any makeup skills. I don't totally get the point of this technique? And it seems like so much work. But if it makes my skin look smoother or something, I'm into it. It was...weird. Like I wasn't totally sure what I was doing, tbh, and even now, after doing it, I still have no idea. It was such a process. Like, it actually probably wasn't, but I think if I had to do this every day it would take up a lot of my time. And I kept getting powder everywhere. Like it's all over my clothing and my eyelashes and in my nose.

Would you recommend baking? I think if someone would want to do this and would know how to do it, then they should do it. But I also don't think it actually does anything? So maybe just watch some TV instead.

Nina

OK, I'm not a novice when it comes to makeup, but I'm no expert either. I love that flawless, smooth look that baking appears to give all these makeup gurus. I'm full of creases up close, so I was very excited to try baking. When I look at the photos, there's not too much of a difference, and it doesn't look crazy. But IRL, I looked ashy and crease-y AF. I just kept globbing on the powder, but it didn't seem to actually fill in any lines. If anything, I thought they looked more obvious. It doesn't help that we watched a bunch of tutorials and a lot of them say different things. This seems like a hard thing to nail down.

Would you recommend baking? If you 100% know what you're doing, and it's for a photo, sure. But if you're going to be around people who might get within 5 feet of your face, I don't think this will work.

OK, I'm not a novice when it comes to makeup, but I'm no expert either. I love that flawless, smooth look that baking appears to give all these makeup gurus. I'm full of creases up close, so I was very excited to try baking. When I look at the photos, there's not too much of a difference, and it doesn't look crazy. But IRL, I looked ashy and crease-y AF. I just kept globbing on the powder, but it didn't seem to actually fill in any lines. If anything, I thought they looked more obvious. It doesn't help that we watched a bunch of tutorials and a lot of them say different things. This seems like a hard thing to nail down.

Would you recommend baking? If you 100% know what you're doing, and it's for a photo, sure. But if you're going to be around people who might get within 5 feet of your face, I don't think this will work.

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OK, I'm not a novice when it comes to makeup, but I'm no expert either. I love that flawless, smooth look that baking appears to give all these makeup gurus. I'm full of creases up close, so I was very excited to try baking. When I look at the photos, there's not too much of a difference, and it doesn't look crazy. But IRL, I looked ashy and crease-y AF. I just kept globbing on the powder, but it didn't seem to actually fill in any lines. If anything, I thought they looked more obvious. It doesn't help that we watched a bunch of tutorials and a lot of them say different things. This seems like a hard thing to nail down.

Would you recommend baking? If you 100% know what you're doing, and it's for a photo, sure. But if you're going to be around people who might get within 5 feet of your face, I don't think this will work.

I don't want to float my own boat here, but I'm pretty badass at doing my own makeup. Keyword: my. Hey, I'm up for any makeup tricks, and these bloggers be lookin' flawless. If I have to sit around with powder on my face for 10 minutes to achieve that Kardashian kontour, so be it. Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing, which was weird because I kept on following instructions over and over. I feel like this is one of those things that a professional has to do for you or else you're going to end up looking like you're dehydrated and in desperate need of some moisturizer.

Would you recommend baking? I'd probably recommend for other people to try it, if they really want that "done" look. But it's definitely easier said than done. I know I need a lot of help keeping my concealer from creasing, but I'm not positive packing on powder is the answer.

I don't want to float my own boat here, but I'm pretty badass at doing my own makeup. Keyword: my. Hey, I'm up for any makeup tricks, and these bloggers be lookin' flawless. If I have to sit around with powder on my face for 10 minutes to achieve that Kardashian kontour, so be it. Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing, which was weird because I kept on following instructions over and over. I feel like this is one of those things that a professional has to do for you or else you're going to end up looking like you're dehydrated and in desperate need of some moisturizer.

Would you recommend baking? I'd probably recommend for other people to try it, if they really want that "done" look. But it's definitely easier said than done. I know I need a lot of help keeping my concealer from creasing, but I'm not positive packing on powder is the answer.

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I don't want to float my own boat here, but I'm pretty badass at doing my own makeup. Keyword: my. Hey, I'm up for any makeup tricks, and these bloggers be lookin' flawless. If I have to sit around with powder on my face for 10 minutes to achieve that Kardashian kontour, so be it. Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing, which was weird because I kept on following instructions over and over. I feel like this is one of those things that a professional has to do for you or else you're going to end up looking like you're dehydrated and in desperate need of some moisturizer.

Would you recommend baking? I'd probably recommend for other people to try it, if they really want that "done" look. But it's definitely easier said than done. I know I need a lot of help keeping my concealer from creasing, but I'm not positive packing on powder is the answer.

So, we're not sure baking is right for us. But maybe it is for you, so why not try it out?

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