Using cornstarch when baking doesn’t sound that crazy — until you realize that the kind of baking being referred to is the beauty kind. To catch you up, baking your makeup is when you apply a loose translucent powder on top of your concealer and foundation for at least 10 minutes, and then dust it off for a creaseless, matte finish.
The technique has been trending in the mainstream beauty world, thanks to YouTube beauty vloggers, but recently, YouTuber Miriam Marroquin made a video suggesting that you can substitute your translucent powder for cornstarch to get the same effect.
In her video, Miriam first uses a beauty sponge to apply a thick layer of cornstarch under her eyes to set her concealer. Then, she applies the cornstarch to her cheekbones, jawline, bridge of her nose, chin, and between her eyebrows. At the end, she dusts of the cornstarch for what appears to be a flawless finish.
Magic, right? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but … while this sounds like it might be the ultimate savior to your bank account, it might not the best for your skin.
New York City cosmetic dermatologist, Doris Day, MD, told Cosmopolitan.com, “I would not recommend cornstarch on the face. It’s food for yeast that live on the skin.”
Yikes. Not what you’re going for.
If you want to skip on expensive setting powders, Dr. Day instead suggests using a light colored eye shadow to set the concealer below your eyes.
While some kitchen ingredients are great for beauty purposes, cornstarch is definitely not one of them.