How To Bake Your Makeup With These 10 Powders

Whether you're about to have a serious selfie-sesh or just feel like playing around with makeup, baking or cooking your makeup is the trend you need to try. In case you're unfamiliar, baking is basically applying excess powder to areas of the face you want to set and brighten (such as under the eyes, under a contour, down the nose, and other places you would normally highlight), and then sweeping it away after it's had about five to 10 minutes to "cook." But before you go reaching for any old powder, remember that loose powders will work the best. And if it's translucent, has brightening properties, and/or is a shade or two lighter than your skin tone, all the better. Not quite sure what to look for? Here are 10 of the best loose powders for baking.

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Make fine lines and wrinkles practically disappear with this powder that has light-diffusing technology.

NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, $37, Amazon

Laura Mercier

This powder has French “cashmere” talc that will leave makeup with a long-lasting, soft-focus finish.

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, $38, Amazon

Bésame Cosmetics

This yellow tinted powder is perfect for controlling redness and any under-eye darkness.

B ésame Cosmetics Brightening Vanilla Face Powder, $22, Sephora

Bobbi Brown

A powder that perfectly sets makeup while controlling oil? Check.

Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder, $38, Nordstrom

Urban Decay

The optical blurring pigments in this loose powder hide imperfections for an airbrushed finish.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder, $34, Ulta


For a radiant and luminous finish to your flawless-looking foundation, this translucent powder literally has you covered.

NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder, $19, A mazon

It Cosmetics

Pores will appear to have vanished with this powder that is even infused with free-radical fighting ingredients.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder, $35, Amazon


Stabilize makeup with this universal translucent powder that leaves skin with a soft, matte finish.

MAC Cosmetics Set Powder, $35, Amazon


This ultra-fine powder offers a totally smooth, soft, airbrushed finish.

Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder, $11, Amazon


Diffuse imperfections and keep makeup in place all day with this translucent finishing powder.

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder, $20, Amazon