Baking 101 - What is baking and how to bake properly?

by - Thursday, February 21, 2019

Hi, dolls!

I decided to create a series of 101 posts that will focus on baking, contouring, setting sprays and highlighting your face to share all the information you need to become a beauty pro! You can find all the other posts from this series by clicking on the list below:


Starting with baking, as I usually do this before I apply any contour or highlight products. The term baking actually comes from the drag community who have been baking for years, and it actually means letting setting powder sit on the face for usually around 10 minutes. By doing so, it allows the powder to set properly onto the foundation and concealer that has been applied before and leaves the face with a creaseless and flawless finish. I have been very into baking myself because it truly can keep your makeup in place for many hours looking like it has just been applied. I hope that you find this post interesting with all the tips I will be sharing with you guys on how to bake properly, and also a small review on some of my favourite baking products out there. Nothing is more important in baking than having a setting loose powder that will actually do its job well. It's definitely one of the only products that I use on my face that I would be willing to spend a lot of money on as long as it does its job properly because the results can be amazing.



Kim Kardashian West is known not only as the contour queen but she has also been baking her face for years. I remember there is an old picture of Kim using a banana powder, Ben Nye, which later on would be sold out everywhere. Up until now, you can type Banana Powder Kim on google and it will most likely come up. Mario (Kim's makeup artists) has however later revealed that he has actually used a different product on Kim and Ben Nye was just lucky that people were buying their products like crazy thinking that it was the powder that Kim has been using. 


Both, Kim Kardashian West and Huda Kattan are very known for their baking and contour tips especially, and for this reason, I thought to insert their pictures while baking would help to show you guys how baking looks like in the process. Fun fact is that when you actually type contouring or baking on google, most likely Kim Kardashian or Huda Kattan will pop up for you. There are many videos on youtube where Huda shares her tips on contouring the face as well as baking with the recent baking powders she came out with. 



Step by step on how to "bake" your face:

1. Make sure your foundation and concealer are on before you start baking. Also, ensure you have a loose setting powder you can use to bake with. If you unsure which to use, there will be loads provided by me with small reviews on them below, so make sure you check out my recommendations if you're struggling with getting the right one for yourself.

2. Use either a brush or a beauty blender to apply the powder onto your face. Some people use a wet beauty blender and some use a dry one, so this is something that has to be out of your preference. Personally, I use a wet beauty blender for foundation but when it comes to powder my beauty blender is always dry. 

3. Apply the powder under your eyes, especially in places where your concealer has been applied. The powder can then be applied onto the chin, forehead, nose, T-Zone, smile lines and cheekbones. Applying the setting powder on cheekbones can help in making contour very sharp, which I love to do. 

4. Leave on for about 10 minutes, and brush it off. Set the rest of your face with a normal powder and finish your makeup as you'd normally do.

Baking is fun and can definitely impact how long your make-up will last. Usually, after baking my face, I can honestly say that my make-up will look good even after an 8-hour shift. However, not everyone has the time to sit around and bake their face every single day and that is okay too, I have also been there and not baked for a while because I just didn't have the time. There are still many people that don't bake at all and their make-up looks fine without it. But I honestly think baking helps a lot, and even if you want to do it on a night out or special occasion, I can honestly say that it will be life changing!


I have been testing these baking powders for this review since September and will be sharing my honest opinions on all of these as well as my experience with each. 


Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder 
29g/1oz
£30/$39

This is definitely the Holy Grail product for baking. Everyone in the beauty industry has spoken about this product at least one, so I'm sure that most of you are aware of it. I am actually on my third Laura Mercier powder at the moment, but to be honest I don't know if I will be getting more once I am done with this one. Not because it's bad, but because more and more brands are coming up with baking powders that are almost as good as this one but cheaper. 

If you have the money to spend on good setting powder, this is the one for you. It's a Holy Grail for many for a good reason. The results this powder provides us with are amazing and it's one of my favourite powders out there. I would definitely recommend it to everyone, especially those who heard about it but weren't sure if the hype was real. Trust me, it's real.


Beauty Bakerie
14g./0.6oz
£19/$24

I haven't heard about Beauty Bakerie until I saw that their setting powder was on sale on Cult Beauty a while ago, and I have decided to get it because not only was it £10, but their packaging was so cute. This was back when I decided to buy a lot of setting powders to test, so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to do so. Not very soon after, Jeffree spoke about it in his video and the whole internet went crazy because of the situation, but less about it and more about the product.

Not only do I die for the packaging and the theme behind Beauty Bakerie, but also the powder itself is very good. I would say it's in the middle when it comes to the price range as it's not expensive but also not the cheapest out there. Overall, I think that this is a good powder but still not as good as the Laura Mercier one. I would say this one would last me max a good 6 hours before it started to lose its wow effect, and I mean it's still pretty good, but I'd definitely pick Laura over this one. However, I still think this brand deserves its own recognition because their products are very good and would recommend everyone to go ahead and try their products out. This product also comes in 4 different colours so there is a shade for everyone. 


Revolution Baking Powder in Lace
35g./1.22oz
£5/$7 

I love Revolution, so I definitely wanted to try their baking powder because it's super cheap and we all know that their products are cheap and good at the same time. Recently, Revolution has come out with more shades and a better formula to this from what I have read but before it only came in three or four shades if I remember correctly. I decided to go for Lace because it looked the most closer shade to a "translucent" colour, plus their white setting powder had very bad reviews. 

I have to be very honest and say that although I love Revolution products, this has been a very bad experience. The setting powder didn't even look good on me an hour after applying it, and I gave it a go not once but three times, leaving me with the same outcome all three times. I don't have any regrets because it was only £5 and my intentions were to try as many for this blog post, but I would definitely be upset if I got it to get into baking and was left with a bad experience. I have to be brutally honest and not recommend this one to anyone, even if it's a very cheap products, its not even worth that much. However, as mentioned, Revolution has since come out with a new formula and more shades, so I'm interested if maybe I should get it and compare with this one and see if it has improved in any way. Let me know in the comments!


Revolution Bake and Finish Powder
8g./0.28oz


I actually had no plans in trying out this powder, as the previous Revolution one I tried wasn't the greatest but since it came in a gift set that I received for Xmas, I decided to still test it for this review. It's a white powder, so it's perfect for someone as pale as me, and I have no idea if there are other shades to this, as I think it's an exclusive item made only for the gift set. This actually sucks because it's a way better powder than the previous Revolution powder I have tried as it does it job and leave my face looking smooth and nice after baking.

Last time I had it on, I would say it looked good on me for about 4 hours and then I started noticing stuff around my nose and under eyes, but this is not too shocking as it's not something that is being advertised as lasting for 24 hours. It sucks because I really want to recommend it to you guys but I can't find it anywhere on the Revolution site, so I think the only way to get it is if you get the whole gift set.


Huda Beauty Easy Bake
20g./0.7oz
£28/$34

It took me a while to get this product because I have already been using my Laura Mercier powder, but once I saw everyone talking about it and comparing the two together I decided to give it a go. I chose the lightest shade which is Sugar Cookie. It's a white setting powder, which has this unique scent to it which I am obsessed with. I have to be honest with all of you and say that I really loved using this product and formula. I even think that I prefer this over the Laura Mercier powder which has been my Holy Grail for so long now. It just makes my face look so smooth and the smell makes the product more exciting to use. I know that many people are upset with the whole situation that came with the launch of this product and for this reason many refuse to use it, and I totally respect that but this product has definitely worked magic for me and is the best one out of the powders I tested for this review. 


Revolution Bake & Blot
5.5g./0.19oz
£5/$7

This product differs from all the ones I have spoken about already but is still aimed for baking and I think many of you will find it interesting. Recently, Revolution has introduced a new Bake & Blot powder in 10 shades, which is for baking but doesn't take as long as usual baking and can definitely be used on the go. I definitely wanted to try it out as it's different, but still does the same job as any other loose powder. 

The shade I went for was translucent, as this is the colour my usual face powder is in, but there is also a white one which I might try out. However, there are 10 shades, so there is definitely a shade for everyone. I must say, it felt weird to bake without setting a loose powder and doing what I was used to, but this is definitely way easier and quicker to do, and honestly has left me with the same impression as my previous favourites. It works you guys! And it's only £5. This product is one of the reasons that I support Revolution so much, and many of you are probably sick of seeing so many Revolution posts (which BTW are not sponsored!) but I support brands like Revolution with all my heart. 

  There are many brands that do baking powders, and I know I haven't mentioned all, so let me know in the comments what other brands and their baking products you would like me to test out because I will most likely be updating these posts as time goes with new products that I test out. Make sure to check out my other posts from this series which are linked at the beginning of this post.

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Love, Olivia xo

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31 comments

  1. I love this 101 kinda thing! I just started getting into makeup and I still don't know how to do a lot of things!
    I hope you do more of these!

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    1. Contour 101 and Highlight 101 is coming soon to follow this, so stay tuned! xo

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  2. Definitely have to bake under my eyes for sure! I haven't tries any of those brands you talked about but for sure the Laura Mercier is on my list!

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    1. You will see so much different after baking the under eyes! Laura Mercier is the one to go for, let me know when you try it out!

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  3. So informative!! I love how detailed ur post are and TBH: I don't know EXACTLY what baking was for or where it came from I just knew I needed to have a setting powder to keep makeup in place, before contouring or anything like that. Lol, SMH...oh well that's where Olivia & Beauty blog comes to the rescue...ingorm inforthat I NEED, WANT & LOOK FORWARD to reading more of! Btw: i voted for beauty bakery setting powder and WILL NEVER EVER buy the Huda powder bc she straight up stole BB entire concept....RUDE!!🀷🏻‍♀️ ANYWAYS, congrats on the amazing post and tysm for all the info and the prices in USD is much appreciated! (liacallahan4 #twitterfamily)

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed this post! I totally understand & respect your view, Beauty Bakerie powder is also very good to try out! xo

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  4. Nice 101 blog. Love the review of the products

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  5. I had never heard the term Baking in regards to makeup before! Thanks for teaching me something new!! I must try a setting product and bake away! As I am menopausal this would really help with perspiring!

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    1. Glad you have learnt something new! :)

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  6. I've always wanted to try the Laura Mercier. Its good to baje if you have oily skin like myself

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  7. I always wanted to try Laura Mercier powder! Always been on my list but never had the chance to try it out, I bet it's amazing

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  8. ive been wanting the Laura one for the longest! Can't wait to try it out one day :)

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  9. finally something about baking thank you! am always afraid to bake my face but your post is full of advices im in need of. beauty bakerie loose powder speaks to me the most - its theme is so delicious,, its the one i would be looking forward to checking out the most

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  10. I have always wanted to try baking and i found your blog entry to be quite useful and informative

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  11. I love how descriptive you are on this blog post ❤️! I’m all about baking my face!! Dying to try Laura Mercier ����

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  12. I really want to try the Huda one and at the same time i dont want to support herπŸ˜‚

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  13. I've recently bought a sample size of the LM powder. God it's amazing! Never loved my under eyes more. I just wish it wasn't this expensive.

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  14. There is this korean brand "innisfree". They have a mineral powder, it's the best powder on the earth. So fine and smooth and also not a single harmful ingredient. It's my favorite!

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  15. Enjoy the article on this. Have never done this before. I wouldn’t know which one to try.

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    1. Send me a message in the contact section or on my twitter and I'll be more than happy to help you pick the right powder

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  16. I would love to try out laura Mercier powder or the Revolution blot and bake

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  17. I really enjoyed reading this Baking 101 blog. Thank you so much for being detailed in explaining and comparing all of the different options. I think the Laura Mercier would be the best but I voted that I’d be most likely to try the Beauty Bakerie mostly because I’ve been really wanting to try it plus it’s a little more affordable.

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  18. I’m so happy I found your blog to read! It’s so well written. I think I’d love to try out the Beauty Bakerie one since I own the Laura powder already. Great post, I followed to your blog also. Contouring is something I’m waiting to read about

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  19. Always been dying to try the Huda Beauty Easy Bake powder but your post made me wonder if Revolution Blot Powder would do any wonders for my face

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  20. am i the only one who doesn’t find baking fascinating? i’m very curious about the blot powder πŸ€” can u recommend it ?

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    1. Yes, 100% can recommend it. It's so good and I've been loving it ever since I got it :)

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  21. I will go with Laura Mercier, nothing beats a good original goodie :)

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  22. Please do differences on bronzing vs contouring would really find that helpful

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    1. I would go for huda or lauras

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    2. oh wow this has helped me to bake... I was doing it all wrong..

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