If you’re a makeup junkie (just like me), new makeup techniques are always welcome, especially because those little tricks often help you do a better job. So, why not?! While we’ve become pros at slimming down our faces, thanks to contouring, and learnt how to ace that glow, thanks to highlighting, it’s time to master another technique. It’s called baking! You must’ve heard YouTubers and beauty influencers mention this term often in their makeup videos, so it’s finally time to discover what it really means.

Baking your makeup is one of the smartest things you can do to your face in order to achieve a creaseless finish. So, what exactly is baking, you ask? Baking is basically adding an extra step in your makeup routine, which comes after foundation and concealer. All you need to do is dab on some translucent powder on your face and allow it to sit there for about five to 10 minutes. Let the heat from your face help set your base makeup. After a few minutes, dust the powder off your face and voila! And that’s not all. You’ll be happy to know that baking also helps your concealer last longer. Win-win!

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you bake like a pro.

how to bake makeup the right way

Step 01: Start by applying a hydrating eye cream around your eyes. Doing so will help moisturise and smoothen your eye area to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. We suggest you get your hands on the Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift that will give your eyes a lift and reduce signs of stress.

Step 02: After you’re done applying foundation evenly on your face and neck, use a concealer like the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Liquid Concealer to brighten your under-eye area and to hide pigmentation on the sides of the nose and around the mouth area. With the help of a damp makeup sponge, blend the concealer in.

Step 03: If you’re looking for your makeup to last from morning to evening without moving an inch, then we suggest you apply a second layer of concealer. It might look a tad too much in the beginning, but a sheer second coat can help lock in the first one.

Step 04: Now, dip a fluffy eyeshadow brush into translucent powder and dust it all over your concealer. Doing so will set your base makeup in such a way that you won’t even need mid-day touch-ups. Doesn’t that sound great? You could alternatively use a damp makeup sponge to pat on the powder.

Step 05: The final step is to bake! Let the setting powder sit on your face for about 10 minutes. Then dust the powder off your face for a smooth, creaseless finish.