So You Want to Bake?

DSC_0791 DSC_0742Part of my job as a beauty blogger is try out the latest makeup trends and look like a bit of a fool to give you the low down of how to do it at home. So for this turn at Sam-tries-something-a-bit-silly-and-we-all-get-to-laugh-at-her I’m trying out the ‘baking’ trend.

Basically here we’re applying lots of makeup smooshing it on our faces and seeing how it turns out. But really, in makeup artistry terms the idea of baking is a method for setting concealer that will guarantee it lasts all day and gives makeup that airbrushed, seamless look we are all after. Setting cream products like concealer with a heavy dose of powder will ensure the coverage stays in place, crease free and smooth in a surprisingly natural way.

I thought I would try out baking for the first time the other day when I had a big event to go to and I have to say it gave amazing results. I thought that baking would help the staying power of my makeup, but I wasn’t expecting it to give me the professional look that it did. Here’s how I did it:

First I had a applied my powder contour with an angled blush brush. I used a mix of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit under the cheekbones to create a natural shadow and give the face definition.

I then took a basic makeup sponge wedge, which I had dampened slightly in water and rung out before picking up lots of translucent powder with it.


The reason why we use translucent powder is so that it will not add any extra coverage or colour to the are you are baking. I used my Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder which is a great affordable option as it is finely milled and light. If you want to read my full review of this powder then click HERE.


I then used the heavily loaded sponge to create a perfect line under my contour. This technique is kind of like cleaning up the powder contour product we laid down earlier and means it is easy to make a professional look. By pushing the powder onto my foundation it gave it chance to soak up the excess oils from my makeup and bake into a smooth finish.


Afterwards I took a fan brush and knocked away the excess powder to reveal a beautiful chiseled look. Sure this might be a bit strong for day to day, but for big events or a night out – perfect. I was so shocked by how slim it made me face appear! There was just something about using that straight line under the contour, which the sponge wedge allows you to do seamlessly, which really brought in the hollows of my cheeks.


I did also try out a little bit go baking under the eyes and wasn’t so impressed, so I just sprayed on a little MAC Fix+ which fixed the problem (the pun was intentional). I found, overall, a quick spritz with some sort of setting spray kept the look kind of natural and more wearable.

So do you think you’ll be trying out baking? Or maybe it is a trick you use when applying heavy makeup anyway? Let me know in the comments below!


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  • I’ve used the Vichy powder to set under the eyes too. Although it can messy, the product definitely works! xx


  • This looks SO good! I’ve seen Jaclyn Hill do this, and I’ve tried it a few times but with a brush rather than a sponge, but this looks so much better. Will definitely have to give it a go!

    Kirstie | Behind The Scent

    • Thank you Kirstie!

      It takes a bit of getting used to, but I’m enjoying doing it for big events!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • I’ve been meaning to work out what baking actually is for ages and this explains it perfectly. I’ll need to check out the Vichy powder x

    • It take a bit of getting used to but I was happy with the end result!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Reclusive Fox

    I think it looks too made up, but it’s good for really grand events. I think women need to embrace their natural looks a little more :)

    • Reclusive Fox

      But you do look good by the way, it’s the baking look itself I was referring to x

      • Haha! Thank you, I know what you mean!

        Thank you for commenting x

  • Kira L Curtis

    This is great! You make up looks amazing! I’m useless at make up so all tips are helpful!

  • Oh gosh I think this is completely out of my realm of managing to do such things – but I would definitely give it a try. x

    • For just normal make wearing this really isn’t needed but it was nice to try something else out!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • I don’t wear a lot of makeup but your tips are useful as is the finished result.

  • Lovely tips you got her. Going to try them.

    • Awesome, let me know how you get on!

      Thank you for commenting! x

  • The powder you used seems to work really well. I’m loving the finished look!

    • Thanks Liz, that’s lovely of you to say! Have a great day! x

  • Elizabeth

    It’s a fine art, this cosmetics thing, isn’t it! Just like oil or watercolour! Beautiful :)

    • You are so right! It can be pretty complicated!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    I didn’t know this had a proper term. Make up artistry isn’t given enough credit for how fabulous it really is! H x

    • Yep it’s a technique often used by drag queens!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Your photography is on point here, so beautifully shot. I am yet to try baking it’s definitely not something I could do on an everyday basis but need to try it out for a future event or night out. Good to hear that it works so well x

    Beauty with charm

    • Thank you so much, I’m so glad you liked the photos!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Beth

    I have never tried it before but would be interested to try it . Great shots

  • It looks great, I’m going to have to try out this technique!

    • Let me know if you do, I’d love to see the finished result!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    great photos, you’ve done a great job the make up looks nice and natural.

  • Nicole Hurst

    Your makeup looks fab! I’ll have to try out baking at some point.

    Nicole x

    • It takes a bit of getting used to but I really like how it came out! Thank you for commenting x

  • GlamourGlitterGloss

    That looks great, baking really does go over my head. I need like the idiots guide to baking

    • Haha! It’s not something everyone NEEDS to do, it’s just fun if you like playing with makeup!

      Thank you for your comment x

  • Natasha Mairs

    when you started taking about baking, I thought you was actually going to be doing some baking, as in making some cakes. I have never heard of this before

    • No sorry, no actual cakes here!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Gorgeous photos, such a funny trend, but it does look amazing!

    Sophie x

    • Thank you Sophie! So lovely to meet you today, hopefully catch up again soon!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Laura

    I’ve just started trying this out on my super oily skin and I really think that it has helped my makeup to last longer xxx

    • Awesome to hear Laura, it’s a great trick to use every now & then!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Cassandra

    Such gorgeous photos and makeup! I use the baking technique but sometimes I find it makes my undereye super cakey!

    • Thank you so much! I know what you mean about the undereye, it can sometimes seem cake for me under there too!

      Thank you for commenting x