"Baking" your concealer to highlight?

The makeup world is buzzing about strobing, highlighting, and contouring. We all want to chisel our faces to give us the illusion of a smaller nose, slimmer face, and to hide any chubs we all might have. I am guilty of contouring and highlighting to give the illusion of a smaller face. *raises hand* The craze all on the Internet is "baking" which makes things just about everything matte, smooth, and everlasting! This new fade wasn't what it was until Kim Kardashian West came on the scene. Now every beauty blogger or Instagram model/vlogger is using it to DEATH! 

 

So what the hype about this method and is it what it's cracked up to be?! And what exactly is it?!  Baking or "cooking" your makeup began as an old school drag technique used to set concealer and highlight the face all in one application. On my way! Of the tools used to achieve this look is loose powders, high coverage concealer, a La Perle flawless beauty blender for blending your concealer, and a fluffy cosmetic brush. 

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One of the best methods I use is applying my concealer in a triangle under my eye in the typical Kim K form. This is to highlight all the areas you want to accentuate. I blend it over my cheekbones to create high cheeks bones when I finish baking my concealer. My favorite baking loose powder is Ben Nye luxury banana powder! This is the exact baking loose powder that Kim Kardashian West's makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic uses, whose been beating her face for 8 years strong! 

 "Finely milled with superb texture, Ben Nye Luxury powders smooth skin while lightly enhancing skin tones. Banana is a perfect face powder for warmer skin tone or when a warm based higlighting is needed. These powders tend not to clog pores and create a smooth finish over foundation while reducing shine and setting makeup."

"Finely milled with superb texture, Ben Nye Luxury powders smooth skin while lightly enhancing skin tones. Banana is a perfect face powder for warmer skin tone or when a warm based higlighting is needed. These powders tend not to clog pores and create a smooth finish over foundation while reducing shine and setting makeup."

After applying your your concealer you want to blend it out with your La Perle Flawless beauty blender. The texture of the beauty blender when used wet makes the application easier and glides the concealer for flawless coverage. After concealing under my eyes I also conceal down my nose, jawline, and forehead.

 

 Places on the face to concealer/highlight. 

Places on the face to concealer/highlight. 

Take a a cosmetic sponge or use the other side of your La Perle flawless beauty blender and load it with the Ben Nye luxury banana powder. Press the powder on your face, on top of the concealer. Be very generous as much as you like with the loose powder. Now it's time to bake! Baking all depends on how much time you have to apply your makeup. It all depends on you! I bake my concealer for 5 minutes max when I have time to sip wine and jam out to my favorite tunes. While baking, now would be the time to do your eye makeup because the powder catches any fallout that may happen. After this process now it's time to take all of this yellow powder off your face! Take your fluffy cosmetic brush and sweep the powder completely off your face. Now your face is completely done with baking and your ready to dance the night away! 

 

 Heidi Hamoud's client.  Finished product! 

Heidi Hamoud's client.  Finished product!