It seems like every time we turn around there is something new happening in the beauty world, often times its something that isn't a new concept but may be new to everyone else. Something that has been becoming more commonplace is cooking or baking your concealer.
The first time I ever heard someone say they baked their concealer, I politely looked away because this person was obviously crazy. All I could think was "Why in the world would you waste makeup and put it in the oven."
I never actually asked what they were talking about. I believe in letting people live! Only later did I realize that they weren't actually crazy and baking or cooking their concealer was the reason their under eye was always so bright.
Cooking your concealer is actually a "Drag Queen" beauty tip, usually we aren't taking advice from guys rocking Tina Turner wigs and lip syncing to Proud Mary, but when we do the tips are amazing!
I saw this video on Youtube and I couldn't believe how gorgeous it is. This the technique that Kim Kardashian (even if you don't like her, you have to admit her face is BEAT) uses to get her under eye brightness and look.
After I saw this video, I knew I HAD to try this method. It seems so weird to be packing all of that powder on your face only to brush most of it off, but believe me it is worth it!
I you don't want to watch the video (but seriously watch the video) here is a step by step guide for cooking your concealer, as well as my personal tips and tricks (added bonus: extremely awkward selfies).
Apply Your Foundation:
Make sure you apply primer first and foremost. This Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in Dewy+Smooth (310) is my go to right now. Also this e.l.f. blending brush applies foundation like a dream!
It usually works better with concealer that is a few shades lighter than your normal foundation color. I've combined two concealers here, the first is from the Cover Fx deep contour palette and the second is from e.l.f. (medium under eye concealer).
You have to make sure your concealer is well blended and smooth if you want this to work correctly. I find that I get the best and smoothest blend using a damp beauty blender.
Baking your under eye, is a great way to prevent creasing. I found that the easiest way to ensure that you will not have creasing is to look up press any creases that may have occurred away and then keep your eyes upwards. As soon as you look down before your concealer is set, you are encouraging creasing. I use the Real Techniques sponge, specifically for the flat it has, it makes packing on the powder really easy.
One thing I recommend is to use translucent powder. A lot of people use banana powder for this, but I have found that it leaves a yellow tint on my skin, but to each their own.
My absolute favorite powder for cooking my concealer is the Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder. This powder is seriously AMAZING. I ride for this Airspun Powder now, its a drugstore product and I usually buy mine at Walmart, but I think it is carried other places. At Walmart I pay $4.95 for the translucent powder, and you get A LOT. The other day I was doing my makeup and accidentally pressed on the cover and a huge cloud of powder came out, I thought for sure I just lost half of the container. However you can barely tell any was lost at all. The only thing I don't love about this powder is the smell, but I can move past it.
Let it Cook:
It is recommended that you let your concealer cook for about 10 minutes. I usually just do the rest of my makeup while mine is setting. Another huge benefit from cooking your concealer is the fact that the powder catches any fallout you create from doing your eye makeup
Brush it off:
Use a nice and fluffy powder brush and brush off all the extra powder. I usually leave the powder under my eyes on a little bit longer than all the rest.
Contour, Blush and Highlight:
I use Hoola by Benefit to contour, after that I brush off the rest of the powder. Then I add a blush and a highlight. I used the e.l.f. Blush Palette in deep, and Champagne Pop by Jaclyn Hill and Becca Cosmetics for my highlight.
Finally, as you do with every makeup look, you set your face, I used MAC Fix+ .
You will likely be surprised by how long your concealer lasts, cooking will not disappoint! I took this picture about 5 hours into my day, notice there is not much creasing. This method also combats a lot of my oiliness.
Do you cook your concealer? What are your must have "cooking utensils"? We want to hear from you
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