Can You Do Baking Under Eyes on Mature Skin With Lines & Wrinkles?

4 Materials
10 Minutes

Baking under-eye makeup is a technique for applying powder over concealer. It actually has nothing to do with the baking you do in your kitchen, although if you want to bake up a batch of cupcakes after this tutorial, there’s nothing wrong with that!

Follow along as I test out how baking your under-eye affects the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Tools and materials:

  • Concealer
  • Bronzer
  • Finishing powder
  • Makeup brushes
How to do makeup on mature skin

1. Start with a partly made-up face

Apply your foundation, eye makeup, and under-eye concealer as you normally would. Contour your cheeks with a powder blush.

Applying concealer to the face

2. Apply concealer

Apply concealer under your eye in a large semi-circle. Also apply the concealer under your cheekbone, on your chin, and on your forehead between your eyebrows.

Using fingertips to pat & blend the concealer

Use your fingertips to pat it in really well. Don’t let it crease.

Applying baking powder under your eyes

3. Add setting powder

Apply setting powder with a slightly damp makeup sponge or a makeup brush. This is the step where you lightly press on so much powder that you can see it on your skin.

Apply the powder to all the areas you previously applied concealer to and be especially generous under your eyes.

Press more powder in the lower area below your eyes and a little less right under your eyes for the best results.

What is under-eye baking?

4. “Bake” your powder

Leave the setting powder on for a good 5 minutes – that’s what’s referred to as “baking”.

You always have to set your concealer. But if you just do a light dusting, you will set the concealer on the surface but not in the creases, where your concealer will remain wet.

When you move around and go through your day, the concealer that remained wet in those creases is going to show.

But if you bake your concealer then you are setting it both on the surface and in the creases, and that’s what gives you the smoother porcelain look.

Baking your concealer

After 5 minutes, use a clean makeup brush to gently buff off the excess powder from your cheek bones, center forehead, and under your eyes.

Baking concealer with fine lines and wrinkles

You can see that the right side of my face (on the left in the photo) looks much brighter under my eyes. There are still some lines, but the baking process has definitely not made them more pronounced.

Baking under eyes for mature women

Baking under eyes for mature women tutorial

Here’s the final look with the rest of my makeup on. You might not want to have this heavier porcelain look every day, but for special occasions, it really does add some glam.

Let me know in the comments if you tried this baking technique and how you liked it.

Products used and mentioned

  • Urban Decay naked skin concealer - med/light neutral
  • L.A. Girl pro concealer - creamy beige
  • Ben Nye Banana powder
Suggested materials:
  • Concealer
  • Bronzer
  • Finishing powder
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  • Denise Denise on Jan 08, 2022

    I really like this look too! Great job!

  • Marie Zarlingo Marie Zarlingo on Jan 08, 2022

    Do you apply concealer 2 times, like after applying foundation, and then the 2nd time after applying powder?