We’ve all seen these beauty buzzwords floating around blogs, magazines and social media over the last year or so. From contouring and strobing, to baking and now sandbagging! We’re here to fill you in on the latest tips and tricks from make-up artists and celebrities so that you can make sure your face is looking fleeky 24/7!
What is Baking?
Baking has been used by the drag community for years, and refers to packing loose translucent powder over your foundation and concealer and allowing it to sit for five or ten minutes to let the heat from your face ‘bake’ or set your base.
You then dust off the excess powder and buff out to leave smooth flawless looking skin. This is usually applied to areas you want to add highlight to, such as under the eyes, the tops of your cheeks, your jaw line and chin.
After your base has been well and truly baked, you complete the rest of your make-up as usual. Hey, if it’s good enough for Kimmy K, it’s good enough for us!
What is Sandbagging?
Sandbagging is pretty much baking, but for a different reason… If you think about how people use sandbags to create a dam and stop water flooding through, that’s pretty much what you’re trying to do with your make-up.
Sandbagging is the technique of applying loose powder over the top of your concealer under the eyes and around the lips. It’s important to get really close to the waterline of your eye for this technique! Leave the powder in a thick layer, then dust off after around 5 minutes.
This will help to hold your eye make-up in place and avoid that dreaded Kohl smudge! This is another make-up trend recently revealed by Kim Kardashian’s make-up artist, and definitely one we’ll be trying for our Sassy 17th Party!
What Is The Difference Between Sandbagging and Baking?
To be honest, there isn’t a massive difference. The technique is basically the same, but just has a different name depending on what you’re trying to achieve! For an added highlight to the face with a flawless and crease-less finish, you wanna be Baking. To keep eye make-up from running down from your lash line, you’re going for Sandbagging. Simple!
What Products Do I Need For Sandbagging and Baking?
The first step of these techniques is to apply your base make-up. For a smooth and flawless base, we recommend Illamasqua’s Skin Base Foundation – a lightweight, high coverage foundation with a natural finish, and packed full of skin quenching vitamins, this is our new must have foundation! Another favourite of ours is the EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation – perfect for more olive skin tones.
For an extra flawless photo ready finish, we can’t get enough of NIOD’s Photography Fluid, formulated to minimise the appearance of imperfections, blur the skin and leave skin with an even tone.