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Baked Makeup: What is the Difference?

Baked Makeup: What is the Difference?
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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 favourites.

Baked Blush vs Powder Blush

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 colour
  • 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.

The Best Baked Makeup

There are lots of options out there but here are some of our baked makeup favourites.

  • 1.Laura Geller The Delectable Eyeshadow Palette With Brush - £35.00

    Laura Geller The Delectable Eyeshadow Palette With Brush - £35.00
    5 Stars 1 Reviews
    Laura Geller are the masters of baked makeup, with their entire range using baked pigments made by Italian artisans. This eyeshadow palette is packed with 14 beautiful neutral shades, from soft golds to rich coppers and khakis. It is perfect for everyday and can be ramped up for a darker smokey eye by applying with a damp brush.
  • 2.bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo - £28.00

    bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo - £28.00
    4.23 Stars 13 Reviews
    This is a beautiful face powder duo, with one side working to mattify and absorb oil whilst the other adds a radiant glow. It uses rose gold pearls in a creamy, silky formula that almost doesn't feel like a powder. All packaged in a beautiful palette, it is a must for on the go touch-ups.
  • 3.Bourjois Round Pot Blush - £7.99

    Bourjois Round Pot Blush - £7.99
    4.36 Stars 11 Reviews
    These little blush pots from Bourjois are a beauty classic. With their domed shape and luminous finish, these little baked blushes give a gorgeously natural finish on the skin. All packaged with their own little brush and mirror inside, they are the perfect way to try out baked makeup.
  • 4.Illamasqua Beyond Powder - £32.00

    Illamasqua Beyond Powder - £32.00
    4.48 Stars 23 Reviews
    These baked highlighters are the things dreams are made of and it is no surprise they have been flying off the shelves. With incredible pigmentation, they glide over the skin, leaving an instant shine and incredible glow. For a radiant Summer look, dust them over shoulders and collarbones as well as on the cheekbones and brow bone.
  • 5.Laura Geller Baked Balance-N-Brighten Color Correcting Foundation - £26.00

    Laura Geller Baked Balance-N-Brighten Color Correcting Foundation - £26.00
    4.45 Stars 20 Reviews
    This is one of the hero products from Laura Geller. With color-correcting shades all swirled together before baking, it has the prettiest marbled look in the palette. It does exactly what the name suggests and both balances and brightens the complexion for a softly luminous look. Plus, thanks to the baked formula, it doesn't take much to get amazing coverage on the skin.
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Major fan of scented candles, Make Up brushes and Highlighter. I’m always on the hunt for those Holy Grail products and my dressing table is covered in more beauty products than I like to admit. As an adopted Northerner originally from Brighton, I spend most my days wondering what all this rain is about. My hair isn’t grateful for the move. Currently loving: NIOD Photography Fluid