Pizza bake, pasta bake, bake a cake… baked makeup? Many brands now have some version of baked products. So what makes them different? Instead of being flat, baked powders are usually domed and instead of being pressed into a pan, you’ll find that they truly have been baked on terra cotta tiles. I’ve de-potted many of my baked products, and almost all of them look like this on the bottom…
Pardon my Milani Luminoso label- I put that in so it would magnetize to my palette and also remind me of the shade name. But as far as the formulation of baked products, you’ll find that some brands will swirl various shades into one product, giving it a more unique look on the skin. Baked products also do well used wet or dry. Simply adding a little water to your brush or applicator will usually give off a more intense finish. I’ve also noticed that baked products last me a VERY long time (perhaps due to their domed shape?) I’ve experimented with a lot of baked makeup, and I’ve found some to be flaky, dry, and lacking pigmentation. Others have been just the opposite- with buttery textures and full color payoff. In this post I’ll share some of my all time favorite baked products!
Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten and Bronze-n-Brighten ($28-$33, laurageller.com)
I see Laura Geller as the mother of baked makeup… she has so many products in baked form, but one of my favorites is the Balance-n-Brighten powder foundation. With swirls of yellow, it’s a truly color-correcting foundation. It has quite impressive coverage when used on its own, but it makes the skin even more flawless on top of a liquid foundation. I also absolutely love Bronze-n-Brighten. This bronzer adds depth to your skin tone, as well as a brightness that’s kind of hard to explain. There are swirls of beige, pink, and white in this product, along with deeper bronze tones. It never looks flat or dry on the skin, yet it has hardly any shimmer. Another interesting aspect of Laura Geller’s products is that no two baked powders ever look exactly the same.
Hard Candy Baked Highlight, Blush, and Eyeshadows ($9-$6, Walmart.com)
Hard Candy has a fantastic selection of baked products at Wal-Mart. First off, the So Baked Bronzer in Tiki makes an amazing highlight for the face. A light dusting on top of the cheekbones gives a very pretty glow, and you can also use it with a fluffy brush for a beautiful sheen on the body. One of the first products I fell in love with from this line was the Blush Crush Baked Blush in Living Doll. This soft pink gives a great youthful glow. The Kal-eye-descope Baked Eyeshadow Duos are some of the best baked shadows I’ve tried in any price range. The colors are so smooth and pigmented. A couple of my favorite duos are High Maintenance (champagne and plummy taupe) and Rush Hour (bronze and brown). You can get great looks out of these duos with no additional shadows needed!
ELF Studio Baked Eyeshadows ($3, eyeslipsface.com)
ELF also makes some fabulous baked eyeshadows for only $3 apiece! Again, these are nice used dry like traditional eyeshadows, but you can build up an even more metallic finish by adding just a bit of water. I think these particular shades are perfect for fall. Toasted is a perfect rose gold, Bark is a nice medium brown, and Burnt Plum is a pretty burgundy. Select ELF Baked shadows are also available at Target stores!
Milani Baked Blushes ($7.99, milanicosmetics.com)
Milani’s baked blushes are some of the prettiest in the drugstore! They have a great range of colors to suit everything from fair to deep skin tones. Much like Laura Geller’s baked powders, these also contain swirls of different colors. I’ve de-potted a couple of mine to keep in a larger palette, but a few shades that I recommend are Berry Amore (a pink with gold shimmer), Terra Sole (a matte bronze), and Luminoso (a glowy peach). Some of the more shimmery shades like Luminoso can give enough glow to the cheeks to double as a blush and a highlighter.
That’s my recipe for a great collection of baked makeup! What are your baked must haves? Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check out the Beauty Broadcast blog and YouTube channel for more reviews and tutorials! –Emily