The Day When I Learn How to Bake..

Sunday, 12 March 2017
Lights and Coffee face. Lol

This post was supposed to go up last December but then I decided to go on hiatus. :(

Sooo going back, this is not something about cakes, muffins and cupcakes, okay? I am actually talking about a make-up technique which is called Baking which I bet you already know. But for those who are curious and have no idea about this technique, please read below.

It’s essentially a technique to highlight areas of the face and amplify the coverage and lasting ability of makeup. It works by applying a thick layer of setting or highlighting power to the areas you want to accentuate and letting it ‘bake’ onto the skin for five to ten minutes. -  Clint Dowdell, brand ambassador and in-house makeup director for Nude By Nature.

I've been seeing this a lot on Youtube being used by Beauty gurus to set their under eye makeup/concealer to prevent creases. I thought I will not be needing this 'cause I am the type of girl who don't use concealer, and no.. My face isn't clear from any blemishes and redness but I just don't use concealer. Foundation or BB cream is enough.

So going back, I really have no interest of joining the hype of baking until I saw Anne Clutz' Hulasproof Foundation Routine on Youtube, by the way, she has an oily skin too. So I was able to apply this trick on my face first week of December and the result is so unbelievable. At first, I thought it was the moisturizer that I recently bought that's making my face oil-free for 5 straight hour but it's not; it's the baking technique that's doing its miracle.

Clean and Clear Moisturizer

After washing my face, I apply generous amount of moisturizer on my face. I've been using Celeteque Hydration Facial Moisturizer for quite some time now but it's out of stock when I visited Watson last Friday so I grabbed Clean & Clear ® Essentials Moisturiser instead. I let this set for 1-2 mins before I apply the next product.

Elf BB Cream and Essence Matt Mattifying Powder
I am so in love with this Mattifying powder; see I alreay hit the pan! ;)

Second is my ELF BB Cream; this one is lightweight and has SPF 20. After this, I start baking my face using Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder by pressing/tapping the product onto my whole face, yes, whole face 'cause my face is extremely oily. Imagine me looking like an espasol. Lol. I purchased Nichido Final Powder (Creamy Glow) last week of December and it works too! However the effect is quite different  than using Essence All About Matt! Fixing Powder. I'll put it into a separate post. *winks*

I let my face "bake" for like 30-45 mins, or actually it depends. While baking, I do my brows, lips, blow dry/straighten or curl my hair and choose my outfit. By the time I finished all of that, most of the powder that I applied has been already absorbed by my face.

Now the effect? Flawless finish and it literally stays on my face all day! My face still oils up after 4-5 hrs but I just need to blot and my face still looks okay without re-touching. And guys, would you believe that I'm only using 2 blotting sheets using this technique vs my old routine that would consume 7-8 sheets? I only blot during my lunch time and then before going home. Like WOW.

• If you have an oily skin then Baking is the technique for you to keep excess oil at bay.
• You really need to choose a good setting powder/translucent powder as some powder might give you cake-y finish.

Have you already tried baking? Share me your thoughts!


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