Baked makeup versus Regular Makeup
Ovens aren’t just for cakes; lots of makeup brands are bringing out baked shadows and powders, but what does that actually mean? We’re letting you know what the difference is between baked makeup and normal makeup, as well as sharing some of our favorites.
Makeup is usually made by pressing pigments together with binding chemicals. A baked eyeshadow, blush, or highlighter, on the contrary, is literally a cream which is baked into a smooth, powdery solid by applying heat. Baked in the sun and inside ovens, these silky, velvety products shot to the forefront of beauty counters a few years ago, but few have actually figured out their benefits.
What is Baked Makeup?
Powders are usually made from lots of pressed powders but baked powders are actually creams that have been baked slowly in a specialist oven until they are dry. This is what gives baked makeup some of its unique attributes:
- The baked cream gives baked makeup an ultra soft, velvety texture
- The baking tends to leave a marbled effect and the powders give a luminous finish
- Less talc is needed as a filler like in powders, so you’re left with a more pigmented color
- Can be applied wet or dry, with a spritz of water letting you get more intense payoff
This means that baked makeup is perfect for eye makeup, blushers, bronzers and highlighters, as well as silky soft face powders.
Baked makeup often has better pigment than regular makeup
Baked makeup versus regular makeup doesn’t have a lot of chemicals and additives, since it doesn’t need binding like pressed makeup. This makes the concentration of actual pigment much higher due to the absence of filler ingredients. Hence, baked products are less chalky than pressed or regular ones and tend to have concentrated color payoff. So, in terms of texture, baked makeup versus regular makeup is easier to work with. However, it is unclear if that means they last longer, though most people suggest they do.
These products can be used wet or dry
Due to the fact that these cosmetics are originally creams and liquids, wet application is possible with them, making them very versatile. Now, wet application would yield messy results with regular pressed eyeshadow. With baked ones, it intensifies the shimmer, color, and overall vibrancy of the product while also setting it into the skin in a way that it lasts longer.
So, if you want to add some drama, all you need to do is wet your brush before dipping it into the product. Of course, you can always get the usual natural and soft eyeshadow look when you use these products dry. This gives you the advantage of using the same product in two different ways, depending on your needs.
We have a few interesting baked makeup products – for me the one that has everything is the baked makeup trio from Pierre Rene. I honestly love the fact that it has a bronzer, highlighter and blush in one little gem and you can see the marble effect in each one.
Shannin King took some stunning photos with the 2 baked bronzers also from Pierre Rene – here they are with the different swatches:
How gorgeous is this packaging? The texture of these products is really soft and blends so easily.
The other baked makeup product that is so pretty is the highlighters – also in 2 shades. Apply dry for a sheer makeup finish and for vibrance you can wet your brush first and then apply. Highlighter can be used on the cheekbones, brow bone, inner eye and cupids bow to brighten these areas.
Baked makeup has also been described as marble makeup – it is multi tonal, multidimensional, pretty, tie dyed and hypnotic. Here are some advantages which make these products one of a kind:
Baked/ marble makeup can help to unify your complexion. Blending a combination of complimentary tones together helps to create a flattering, rather than stark, wash of color. The best marbled offerings (like the highlighter trio) allow you to apply color evenly, or isolate a particular shade with a brush if you want to achieve a particular look or neutralize any unwanted undertones. Marbled= multitasking.
A bit of marbling can make you look alive. A hint of radiance enhancing shimmer ribboned through a warm blusher or bronzer can make all the difference between ‘blah’ and beaming, for the most part making contouring, strobing, highlighting and all the rest relatively redundant. This would also work with a lipstick that has a marbled effect in it.
Marble makeup suits most skin tones. As marbled powders, sticks and liquids are principally ‘effect’ led, in that it’s not all about a solid color. The hybrid hues that marbling offers mean that most adapt to a large range of skin tones. Obviously there are exceptions and often brands offer a lineup of shade options, but the fact that marbling in its essence plays with light and color means that one product can work for many a person.
Powdered marble makeup is very often baked. Sounds delicious, and means that its undulating pigments were originally in cream form before being ‘cooked’ to create a solid product. As such, baked powders are often more silky than their regular, drier powdered cousins, and pigment payoff is normally enhanced. They should also last you longer, and adapt well to being applied wet (ideal for eyeliner application).
These cute blushes are from Pierre Rene and they can be used as eyeshadows as well as rouges – plus they are great for hiding wrinkles and contouring. And that is how these baked makeup products really differ from regular makeup – they allow you to multi task because of the way the light sets into the pigments.
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