We’re not talking baking, as in stepping up your culinary skills.

We’re talking about a highlighting technique that uses concealer and translucent powder to set makeup and give skin a smooth, creaseless finish that lasts for hours.

 

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The Technique

 

Newsflash: The trend isn’t exactly new. Daniel Martin, makeup artist and Dior’s Beauty Brand Ambassador, put us up on game. “What was once a traditional and customary application has now reemerged as fascination in social media,” he explains. So how do you do it? Martin suggests after applying foundation, use a creamy concealer, like Diorskin Star Concealer ($36; dior.com) over the entire t-zone and under your eyes to brighten the areas of your face you want to highlight. Then apply a banana powder, like Ben Nye Banana Powder ($12; makeupmania.com), which is a translucent powder that tends not to clog your pores and is perfect for when a warm based highlighter is necessary. Apply the powder all over the areas you applied concealer to soak up all the oils and to brighten the areas. You can also use a translucent powder, like Make Up For Ever’s Super Matte Loose Powder ($29; sephora.com), for the same effect

“Let this sit and ‘cook’ on your face, allowing the skin to meld with what’s on top of it,” says Martin. Ten to fifteen minutes later, use a blush brush to dust away excess powder and watch your skin go from pre-baked to flawless with a poreless, matte finish. This VIDEO shows you how it’s done.

Martin doesn’t recommend this process for an everyday look because it can appear too heavy to the naked eye, so save it for a special occasion.

 

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