ELYSIAN Fashion and Beauty expert Amy Zimmer explains how to achieve luminous skin
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By Amy Zimmer
After a recent lunch with girlfriends, I was in total awe of a friend’s new glow. She told me she learned how to “bake” from her teenage daughter. I wanted to know all of her secret ingredients and utensils used. I immediately signed up for cooking classes and took to the Internet to find out more on “Baking.” It is a technique used by drag queens for years and has made its way into every blogger’s vanity set thanks to Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist. Here are simple tips on how to get your “baking” on.
1. Hydrate your eye area. Apply a good eye cream around your eye area to hydrate your skin and plump it up, minimizing the appearance of any fine lines or creases. I use Beautycounter eye cream. I have been known to apply a little Vaseline to lock in the moisture if I am suffering seriously dry skin.
2. Apply a liquid concealer under your eye. Select a shade lighter than your makeup, but don’t go too light. While concealer usually contains oils and has a tendency to crease, it won’t if it’s set right. Set your concealer using a blender sponge using a dabbing technique. You can even dampen the sponge to lock in more moisture. I like the concealer pens by Dior and Beautycounter. Be sure your product is creamy. Moisture is a key to this process.
3. Apply one more layer of concealer if you want extra lasting power, or you can skip this step and still achieve great results! The last thing you want is a pancake face.
4. Dust on translucent powder over your concealer. For even more glow, I use Chanel’s ultra-fine translucent powder. It contains just enough shimmer for that “glow” we all desire. Use a large eye shadow brush to apply the powder over the entire patch of concealer to set the base makeup.
5. Now “bake”! Use a wedge sponge and dampen it with a setting spray, or a little water is also OK. Dip the wedge into the translucent powder you used in step 4 and pack on the loose powder generously over the same area. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. This is a great time to read your morning social media.
6. Dust it off. Using the same eye shadow brush from step 4, remove the excess powder using a light swirling motion. Be sure to blend out any harsh edges.
Bam, you’re baked. E