Jokes, I spent this morning in the bathroom applying concealer and then baking the heck out of my face to look like this. But hey, the goal is to make it look flawless and natural...am I right? I recently dipped my toes into the world of setting/baking with a translucent loose powder and holy cow, this is what I've been missing out on?! It has totally transformed my makeup (like I had people replying to my Instagram story asking if I had a ring light on me the other day). Nope, I just baked my concealer and it makes a world of difference.
I've found it pretty easy to incorporate baking/setting into my routine most mornings. It doesn't matter whether I just dust some powder on, let it set for a few minutes, or for a long time (normally you wait for about 10 minutes for the product to truly "bake") I find the overall end result of this combo to be gorgeous. I usually do my makeup in ten to fifteen minutes each morning and found that I can achieve a really flawless look still with letting it sit for about 5 minutes.
After I apply concealer I go in with my already damp beauty blender to apply the powder. I then go about doing my brows, applying eyeshadow (it's perfect to do this while baking so that any fallout gets caught in the powder and swept off later), and before doing any liner or mascara I sweep the excess off. Something that takes a few seconds to apply and wipe away makes a world of difference.
Onto the products I use...
Bare Minerals Bareskin Full Coverage Serum Concealer : I picked this up recently after I finished off my NARS Creamy Concealer (like I was scraping the sides for any little bit of product I could get). I was ready to try something new and I am in serious love with this stuff. It's my first real dive into Bare Minerals and it makes me excited to try out some more things from them. This concealer is full coverage (like goodbye any dark circles) however it's not cakey at all. It's actually incredibly hydrating and creamy. It glides on like a dream and the color match to my skin is spot on.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder : I've never been the biggest fan of Laura Mercier products (I bought a ton of items from her ages ago and they broke my skin out terribly), but this stuff gets so much praise I decided to give it a try. I definitely understand the hype. It's super finely milled, incredibly easy to work with, never looks cakey or overly powdery, and gives a flawless finish. Whether dusted lightly over the skin or applied in a full baking format it always comes through. The other great thing about this product is that it doesn't give any terrible flashback like a lot of other loose setting powders can. Even though it's translucent it lacks a stark white color that many other products like it have.
Have you tested out baking? Do you religiously set your makeup? I've always had an on/off relationship with setting my base so this is somewhat new to me, especially since this is my first loose powder. (I still don't even set my whole face!) Let's chat!
ps: I used this routine to do my makeup for yesterday's post. To give you a quick visual of how it looks I've linked it HERE.