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Sorry dictionary, but the term “baking” has a new definition. What we normally associate with sticking a combination of eggs, sugar, and flour in the oven has now become a new beauty trend fresh off Instagram. While it originated as a theater technique to flatter complexions under hot spotlights, it was later adopted by the drag set to create a feminine face shape and make concealer last longer where it matters most. Now, baking is finally getting the attention it deserves, all thanks to celebrity makeup artists and selfie queens singing its praises. We’ve created a step-by-step tutorial that makes baking a piece of cake—plus a visual guide courtesy of Huda Kattan of Huda Beauty. But first, it’s important to see whether baking is right for you. The overall result gives a full-coverage, matte finish—so if you’re a dewy loyalist, you might want to steer clear of the bakery. Normally, the technique is better suited for a photo studio than the street, but our guide is perfect for an everyday baked look that’s totally wearable. Let’s get started! JESSICA VELEZ

STEP ONE: With your foundation and contouring already completed, apply a concealer with a sheer-to-medium level of coverage to your Triangle of Light (a V-shaped area created from the inner corner of your eye to your nostril, and from your nostril to the other corner of your eye). tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-Hour Concealer and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage are great options because they’re both emollient. Then, blend the concealer using a beautyblender.

STEP TWO: Apply a loose setting powder—NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder would be perfect—to the same area you applied the concealer using a fluffy brush such as the SEPHORA COLLECTION hakuho-do + Sephora PRO Large Teardrop Pointed Powder Brush (Otsubu), and let it sit on your skin for one to three minutes. While the shade of NARS’s powder is nearly universal, deeper skin tones could switch it up with a banana-hued powder, while fairer skin tones would benefit from a powder with pink or peach undertones. For medium skin tones, stick with a translucent powder.

STEP THREE: Using the same brush as in STEP TWO, dust away the remaining setting powder that wasn’t absorbed into the skin using a light, flicking motion. OPTIONAL: for more coverage, first dip your brush into a medium-to-full coverage complexion powder, such as Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation, and then dust off the setting powder with the dipped brush. This creates an exchange and buildup of product.

STEP FOUR: Finish with a setting spray, like Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

NOTE: To remove this buildup of product at the end of the day, we recommend a two-step cleansing routine. First, start with an oil or a balm. boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil and Clinique’s Take The Day Off Balm work wonders. Then, follow up with your favorite everyday cleanser.


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NARS / Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder

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SEPHORA COLLECTION / Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

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Laura Mercier / Translucent Loose Setting Powder

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beautyblender / the original beautyblender®

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SEPHORA COLLECTION / Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder

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NARS / Radiant Creamy Concealer

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tarte / Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

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Urban Decay / All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray



Last week I received the BECCA X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection.
It contains a mix of powder, cream and liquid versions of the treasured Champagne Pop highlighter.


This palette is my favourite product within the bundle. The packaging is simply stunning!! I love how sleek it is and the mirror inside is a great size. The colours of White and Gold scream luxurious, and the metallic trim adds a classy finish. The palette is small enough to fit in most modern handbags but it’s definitely larger than your average compact. 

Inside, you will find 5 pans - a combination of highlighter and blush shades, suitable for every skin tone. 

* Champagne Pop - Soft White Gold with Pinky Peach undertones
* Prosecco (aptly named) - Medium warm Gold

Mineral Blush Shades
* Amaretto - Matte finish, toasted Almond
* Pamplemousse - Matte finish, Warm Coral

Effervescent Luminous Blush 
* Rosé Spritz - Soft Peachy Pink with pale Gold shimmer

(Swatch image taken from the BECCA press release) 


The palette contains 5 new limited edition eyeshadow shades, including Champagne Pop, only this time for your eyes! 
There is a mix of matte & shimmer finishes in a colour spectrum fitting for a Summer vacation! At first glance, the two shimmer shades would complement a tan superbly while the three matte shades would work well to warm up the socket for a soft daytime glow or a smouldering evening look. 

Upon doing some research I have seen that there have been some issues with the production of these palettes, and Becca Cosmetics have pulled this off the shelves until further notice. 

Shimmering Skin Perfector® Poured Crème  £30.00 / $38.00

If you’re already a fan of the pressed Champagne Pop compact highlighter (pictured on the right) then you are going to love the new crème version. 
The formula features ultra fine pigment pearls that adjust to your skin’s natural undertones. It’s a creamy, smooth texture that rivals the glow and shine of it’s Sister.
Both products come in the collection, and can be layered over one another for the ultimate dazzle! Both the powder & crème formulas are already available in 5 alternative shades. 

Here are swatches on my arm for both products, and on the far right is a swatch of the two layered up. 

Shimmering Skin Perfector® Liquid  £34.00 / $41.00

Also featured in this collection is their iconic Liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector. It’s a lustrous liquid highlighter that contains light reflecting pigments for a natural dewy, finish. The product can be worn alone, or it can be mixed in with your primer or foundation for a more subtle luminous finish.
Again, this is the Champagne Pop shade but the formula comes in 6 alternative hues. 

Overall, I think it’s a great collection of products, I’m just gutted about the eyeshadow palette. But hopefully Becca will have that sorted very soon. 

You can click on the links to view the products and buy them direct from either Sephora or Cult Beauty


Crossing the stage soon? Sephora PRO artist Chris Sams selects his favorite picks to graduate your beauty bag.


How would you describe your personal beauty style?

“I describe my personal beauty style as ‘Modern Dapper Dandy.’ I’m obsessed with vintage everything and always try to incorporate some element from bygone eras into my style. To keep my look fun and fresh, I love to experiment with color in my hair and makeup. Whether it’s lavender locks, a bold blue liner, or both, I always want to present myself in a way that feels unique…and maybe even a little rebellious.”

What was your beauty style like as an adolescent, and how did you elevate it into adulthood?

“It was all over the place. Like most people, I was trying to figure out who I was and where I fit into the world at that age. I very much felt like an outsider in my small southern town and my style reflected that. Crazy ever-changing colorful hair, poorly applied liquid liner, and baggy skater threads were my signatures, until sophomore year of high school, when I boldly declared to my mom that my new style would be blazers and bow ties. The more comfortable I became in my own skin as an adult, the more I solidified my aesthetic. You’ll still find me in blazers and bow ties. But now, the liquid liner is the bee’s knees!”

What inspired you to become a makeup artist?

“I have always been an artist. I studied drawing, painting, and sculpture all through school. My focus was always portraiture. I will forever have a fascination with the human form. I was inspired to choose makeup as my medium when a friend asked me to paint her face for a formal. I had no idea what I was doing, really, but the way she lit up when I was finished really touched me. From then on I have been obsessed with the transformational aspect of makeup.”


Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector

“Let’s start with the skin! The hydrating formula blurs imperfections and evens out the skintone with a natural finish, and can be applied quickly with a beautyblender, brush, or fingers. The formula also contains peptides and vitamins to give long-lasting results as well as instant gratification. The shade range is great for all skintones, and it’s perfect for grads because it’s so simple, fast, and effective!”

tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette 

“For eyes, I have a couple of must-haves, and they’re both from tarte. The Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette has 12 matte shadows, which can be used on the lids, on the crease, or even as liner. Matte shadows give a softer, more natural-looking finish to the eyes, and these work for any look—from the interview to your first fancy dinner meeting. It’s perfect for any grad because it is truly an investment that will last for years to come.”

tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara 

“No eye look is complete without mascara, which brings me to my other must-have from tarte. The new Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara is one of the blackest mascaras I have ever used. The wand is also amazing. Its uniquely molded bristles are designed to grab every eyelash and deposit just the right about of pigment to create maximum impact with minimal effort. Any time-saver helps me tremendously on set or backstage, and that’s exactly what the grad clients I have worked with look for too.”


“This is the perfect product to enhance your pout while providing hydration and protection. The new gel formula is really comfortable on the lips and easy to apply. Swipe on for full color payoff with a satin finish or tap on and pat with a finger for a sheer wash. The best work-appropriate shades are Enchanting Blush 03 and Bashful Beige 07, because they both bring out the most of your natural lip tone.”

NEST Citrine Eau de Parfum

“Your sense of scent is strongly tied to memory, so you’ll want a special fragrance to mark this exciting time in your life. You could even treat yourself to one as a reward for your first job offer. Citrine by NEST is a beautiful bright, fresh perfume that just smells happy. With notes of lotus flower, lemon blossom, and precious woods, I find this well-balanced fragrance to be perfect for everyone. Since it launched, I have been layering it on top of my typically deeper, more masculine colognes to create a fresh new summer scent that is totally unique to me.”


What’s a sophisticated look for a job interview or an important business meeting, and how do you create it?

“When it comes to makeup looks for a job interview, less is more! Focus on defining and enhancing your features in the most natural way possible. With that said, start with the skin. Create an even, clean base using your favorite foundation or tinted moisturizer, applying it only where coverage is necessary. If there are any spots or breakouts, correct by layering on a concealer with a small, precise brush and tapping out the edges with a beautyblender or finger. This is also when you want to conceal any darkness under the eyes. Set everything in place with light layer of powder using a loose, fluffy powder brush (SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Precision Powder Brush #59 is my favorite) using a press-and-roll motion.

“Now it’s time for eyes! Apply an eyeshadow primer all over the lids and along the bottom lash line with your ring finger. This will create a smooth, even canvas for your eyeshadows. Sweep a matte neutral shadow that’s similar to, or slightly lighter than, your skin tone all over the lid from lash line to browbone. This will neutralize any discoloration on the eye area and ensure a smooth, even blend with the rest of your shadows. Next, sweep a medium matte shadow two to three shades deeper than your skintone through the crease and along the bottom lash line to enhance your eye shape. Make sure that the shadow is blended and seamless. No harsh lines! To define the lash line, apply a deep brown or black matte shadow right into the roots of the lashes. Tap the edges of the dark shadow to soften. Finish the eyes with one to two coats of mascara.

"Add a little life back into the skin with a neutral blush applied to the apples of the cheeks and blend back and upward along the cheekbone to lift. Pro tip: Once your blush is applied, go back over it using the tool you used for your foundation with a gentle patting motion. This will not only seamlessly blend the blush, it will actually make it look like it’s coming from under the skin instead of sitting on top.

"Pop a satin lipstick or tinted balm in a color similar to your natural lip tone all over the lip. The lips should be perfected and plump without being distracting. Avoid goopy, pigmented glosses that have a tendency to migrate, since you will be doing a lot of talking in your interview. You don’t want to have to worry about touch-ups.

"To finish the look, spritz yourself with a setting spray to lock in all of your hard work. This will also help remove any powdery texture that may still be sitting on top of the skin.”

How do you incorporate fun colors and trends in your look in a professional setting?

“A pop of colorful liner is a perfect way to add some fun color to a look for a professional setting. Blue liner is universally flattering, so opt for a navy, cobalt, or indigo instead of black. SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Eye 12hr Wear Waterproof pencil in Surfer Babe is one of my favorites. Fun fact: blue liner makes the whites of your eyes appear whiter and more awake!”



The YouTube beauty queen discusses her extended makeup collection with BECCA.

Dream team Jaclyn Hill and BECCA have reunited once again, and this time, the champagne is overflowing. Expanding off the original Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector, the collection includes poured and liquid versions, plus a face palette. You might want to invest in a bigger makeup bag! The Sephora Glossy caught up with everyone’s favorite vlogging makeup artist to learn more about the collection, how to create a Jaclyn-approved look with it, and what she considers to be the highlights of her day. JESSICA VELEZ

What was the inspiration behind the Champagne Collection?

“My inspiration came from my subscribers. When BECCA started the discussion of creating a face palette, I immediately knew exactly what I wanted. I am extremely engaged with my followers and I’m constantly reading comments, tweets, emails, etc. One of the most common questions during spring and summer is what blush they should be using. So, I figured, let’s create a face palette of blushes and highlighters that I am personally obsessed with!”

Why do you love Champagne Pop?

“I love it because it’s my firstborn child [laughs]. I really believe that Champagne Pop is so unique—I designed it to be that way. I had a vision of a particular shade that was very difficult to explain and worked on all skintones. BECCA was able to make that vision come to life!”

What do you love about the Champagne Collection Face Palette?

“I love everything about it! The Face Palette is the essence of me! It’s so shiny, with lots of gold, and just feels so luxurious in your hand.”

What kind of look would you create with the Champagne Collection Face Palette? Walk us through the steps.

“It’s all the glow you could want, all in one place. Use Amaretto in the eye crease to create dimension. Then apply Pamplemousse as a blush on the apples of your cheeks. Overlay your blush with Rosé Spritz for an added luminous pop on the cheeks. Mix Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop together to create the ultimate glow!”

When would you use the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed instead of Poured Crème or the liquid highlighter, and vice versa?

“I would use Champagne Pop Pressed to create the most beaming highlight possible. This look is for the trendy girl. And I would use Champagne Pop Poured Crème directly after foundation and concealer, before you apply powder. Poured Crème is ideal for mature skin. As for the Champagne Pop liquid, your possibilities are endless. You can mix it in with foundation for all-over radiance. Or, you can apply it after primer to give a glow-from-within effect, which is beautiful for brides. You can also use it to highlight the cheekbones, then set it with Champagne Pop Pressed for a very intense glow. Lastly, use it on the body. Overall, it’s gorgeous for special occasions and beach days!”

As a vlogger, you don’t get a lot of face time with your fans. What was it like to meet and greet your followers while promoting Champagne Pop last year?

“Meeting fans is my favorite part of what I do! I’m always taken aback by the love we have. We share an amazing connection, and I can talk with them forever without any awkwardness. It’s like we are best friends that are meeting for the first time! I know I sound cheesy, but they understand. They get me.” 

Describe your new collection using only five emojis.

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Since we’re talking about highlighters here, what are usually the highlights of your day?

“Eating, trying new products, snuggling with my dogs and my husband, watching a good movie, highlighting my face to the heavens, and oh—more eating!” 

What’s the last reason you popped open a bottle of champagne?

“My good friend hit 100,000 subscribers and we popped a bottle of champagne in the middle of the afternoon! What can I say, I’m a celebrator!”