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Everything you need to master the fine art of ‘baking’

The perfect way to ‘fix’ your face in place, {loose powder} has loooong been used to help prevent make up migration and stop things from looking ‘cakey’ (prepare for an influx of bakery jokes). With a rich history within the drag-sphere – like so many other incredible beauty tricks and trends – this pro technique means packing powder over your {foundation} so your skin’s own heat can ‘bake’ your base and guarantee a flawless, crease-free finish.

Armed with a {fluffy brush} or dampened {Beautyblender}, apply a thick frosting of powder wherever your want to ensure seamless blending – under the eyes, on top of highlight/contour and anywhere that two products or textures overlap. The ‘baking’ helps the pigments meld together so there’s zero trace of tidelines – just a photo-worthy, flashback-free and suede-effect {complexion}.

This is (undoubtedly) a high-maintenance look – you’re certainly in Huda Kattan, Kim K-W make up territory – but don’t be daunted: baking is a godsend for weddings or evenings where flashbulbs are poppin’ (and dark circles aren’t part of the dress code).

The type of powder you’ll require is loose, featherweight and so fine that there’s no risk of product ‘collecting’ in creases. And – not surprisingly – we’ve got some of the finest, purest powders in the land to guarantee you’ll be Star Baker in the Great Beauty Bake Off…

{Huda Beauty – Baby Bake}

The cupcake equivalent (a.k.a. a portion of the size but just as delicious) of the five-star-rated original, this teeny pot showcases Huda’s phenomenal talent for baking. Fine dining for cosmetic connoisseurs, this ultra-fine powder’s so smooth you will think it’s been sieved – certain to thrill even hard-to-please critics! The silkiest veil in existence, it not only fixes your make up in place and bestows a velvety (shine-free) skin finish but also slips in your most compact clutch.

{Morphe – Bake and Set Powder}

When it comes to baking, you can’t go wrong with this purse-friendly offering from {Morphe}. This finely milled powder has been created especially for this game-changing ‘art’ and with five shades to choose from, we’d recommend the translucent or pink options for baking, while the yellow and brown incarnations are ideal for dusting all over the rest of your face for a flawlessly matte (and HD-ready) look.

{Kosas – Cloud Set Baked Setting & Smoothing Powder}

If you’re packing product on your skin, it goes without saying that it needs to be the crème de la crème, so it won’t clog pores or settle in fine lines, and powder for baking is no exception (your granny’s talc just won’t cut it). Crammed with nutrient-dense ingredients and consciously created to care for your skin as locks in your look, this weightless formula even conditions skin over time, all without the need for talc, silicones, parabens, mineral oil or fragrance.

{BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder}

This ingenious powder is a match made in heaven for your delicate under-eye area. The light reflecting pigments bestow a gorgeous glow, banishing dark circles from whence they came, while the featherlight texture allows it to be dusted away easily without disturbing your ‘baked’ {concealer} underneath. While we love to use this for baking, it’s also great for blurring imperfections and ‘refreshing’ post-work make up – it’s so light it feels like a mist! Quenching cells’ thirst so you skin feels remarkably dewy.

And our last tip to ensure you can bake with the best of them? Invest in a hardworking eye cream to ensure the area remains hydrated. Et voilà – you’re all set to don your chef’s hat and start packing on that powder…


Cult Beauty

Cult Beauty

Writer and expert