Why You Should “Cook” Your Makeup

“Cooking” or “baking” your makeup is one of the best things to do to achieve a flawless looking face. “Cooking” your makeup is the process of taking a white translucent powder and applying it on the areas you normally would highlight. These areas include under the eyes, the chin, and forehead. Leaving the powder on for 5-10 minutes allows your body heat to help set the powder onto your skin. After dusting the powder off allows you to have a long lasting, flawless, porcelain look.

“Cooking” is a makeup trick used by a countless number of celebrities, including the Kardashian family. Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic has used this method for years, which helped the Kardashian clans extreme contouring look to explode. I took a look at makeup artist Heidi Hamoud’s Youtube video Perfect Under Eye Highlight, NO CREASING + Baking Explained!  to get a step by step guide on how to “cook” your makeup. With just 6 easy steps you can enhance your makeup, achieve pore-less looking skin, and brighten up your face with this easy “cooking” process.


  1. Apply a hydrating eye cream. This preps your skin and makes the area plump. This is essential to make you look more awake and to fill in any creases.
  • Heidi’s product recommendation: Kiehl’s Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum

2.  Apply a thick concealer on the areas you would highlight. Using a thick concealer will not crease or make lines in your makeup. Using about a dime sized amount of product, dab under your eye and blend in an upward motion. You can do this with your finger or a beauty blender.

  • Heidi’s product recommendation: Tarte Creaseless Concealer

3. Apply a light concealer. Heidi likes doing this for extra coverage. Dab just a small amount of this concealer directly onto the eye bag and blend.

  • Heidi’s product recommendation: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

4. Set with powder. Tap a small amount of powder into the cap of the product. With a blending brush, swirl it around in the powder and tap off the excess. From there dab the  powder under your eye.

  • Heidi’s product recommendation: Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

5. “Cook” your makeup. With a damp makeup sponge, dip it into the translucent powder and apply to the chin, forehead, and under the eyes. Be generous with the powder. Leave on for 5-10 minutes.

  • Heidi’s product recommendation: Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

6. Dust the powder off. Using a brush, swirl in pressed powder. Begin dusting the translucent powder off using a light flicking motion. While removing the translucent powder you are also adding extra coverage with the pressed powder.

  • Heidi’s product recommendation: Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder