So you’ve now heard of contouring and strobing, but what about baking? Similar to strobing, the technique of ‘baking’ or ‘cooking’ your makeup has actually been around for a while and has been particularly used in the drag community for years!

The aim of baking is to allow your face to heat and melt your concealer and foundation into your skin and, after 10 minutes, leave behind only dusty remains to be brushed off the face. This technique should leave you with a crease-free, pore-free look!
Many celebrities are using this technique such as Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry, and it is super simple for you to do yourself - makeup artist Heidi Hamoud (pictured above) has posted a how-to on her YouTube channel (featured below) to give us a guiding hand,  and here are the basics:


1. Follow your usual makeup routine. (eg. Moisturise, prime and apply your foundation.)

2. Apply a thick layer of concealer under your eyes and anywhere you usually highlight– nose, cheek bones, forehead.

3. Take a damp beauty sponge or brush and liberally apply loose powder to the same areas that you just applied concealer.

4. Bake. Aka allow your makeup to sit for 10 – 30 minutes before dusting off the excess loose powder.

5. Blend the powder or any darker lines and edges with a dry brush or sponge.