A new term is being coined by the drag community which makes total chemical reaction sense. To “cook” your makeup means to let your base sit on the face anywhere from 10-20 minutes so your own body heat melts the makeup into the skin. As the makeup oxidizes, it will change color and texture. The emollient ingredients will absorb into the skin leaving a more pigmented coverage to blend with. This results in a smoother, pore-less finish that lasts longer.
The process recently became popular when it was first described on the hit TV show Rupaul’s Drag Race on the LOGO network. Definitely on my next glamour night out checklist, this hip tip will be explored. I wouldn’t call myself brave when it comes to applying makeup so I love getting tips from the people who are. Some of the makeup I’ve seen on the show is simply amazing. You can tell the contestants really appreciate the art of getting fancy. So for me, I will consider this one more tool in my tool belt.
Cooking Tip: Most of us don’t have time to sit around for 10-20 minutes for our makeup to “cook” so maybe style your hair while “cooking” as a multitasking time saver.