OK, I'm not a novice when it comes to makeup, but I'm no expert either. I love that flawless, smooth look that baking appears to give all these makeup gurus. I'm full of creases up close, so I was very excited to try baking. When I look at the photos, there's not too much of a difference, and it doesn't look crazy. But IRL, I looked ashy and crease-y AF. I just kept globbing on the powder, but it didn't seem to actually fill in any lines. If anything, I thought they looked more obvious. It doesn't help that we watched a bunch of tutorials and a lot of them say different things. This seems like a hard thing to nail down.
Would you recommend baking? If you 100% know what you're doing, and it's for a photo, sure. But if you're going to be around people who might get within 5 feet of your face, I don't think this will work.