When you apply your foundation and concealer, you’re never thinking, “I hope this won’t last all day!”
The common denominator one needs in getting their liquid products to stay put throughout the day is a SETTING POWDER. And yes, there are quite a few types, colors, and formulas of setting powders out there. But one of the most popular and talked about setting powders is the BANANA POWDER.
I’ve got a new YouTube video explaining the what and why behind adding a banana powder to your makeup routine. Or you can keep scrolling to read about it instead.
Alright, let’s answer the question, WHAT IS BANANA POWDER?
And just a bit of history before we get into the what it is. The first banana powder introduced to us was the Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder that dates back to around the 1960’s. Ben Nye was a famous Hollywood makeup artist that worked from the 30’s to the 80’s and created his own line of Ben Nye makeup. He worked on famous films such as Gone With The Wind, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Plant of the Apes to name a few.
Taking it from CameraReadyCosmetics site, it says this in a nutshell…
Banana Powder is a silky-fine, mattifying setting powder. With just a hint of yellow-ish color, you won’t miss the white cast in your photos that often comes with other finishing powders. The versatile banana shade suits a range of skin tones as it softly and subtly color corrects surface redness and pink undertones, as well as neutralizes blue + purple under eye circles. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a client these powders won’t look flawless on!
Although the Ben Nye powder was the OG one, there have been plenty of brands that have created
knocked off their own version of the yellow tinted wonder powder.
Besides setting and prolonging your makeup, it helps to brighten the skin tone and make sure you don’t look ashy or washed out. Both biggies IMO!
In this video I showcased two banana powders, the original Ben Nye one and the Makeup Revolution, $8, which is the one I actually applied in the video. If you’re curious, they are both super similar in feel, color, and texture.
Typically you see these setting powders in the loose powder form, which I personally prefer to use when setting my concealer and foundation. Pressed powders are typically used alone and in place of foundations.
WHY YOU SHOULD USE BANANA POWDER?
Here’s a briefing on the main things it can do for your complexion…
- helps eliminate under eye creasing
- gives you a fresh, illuminated look
- does not cake
- helps controls oil + shine
- creates a soft focus finish
- neutralizes dark under eye circles
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HOW TO USE YOUR BANANA POWDER.
Can you tell how BRIGHT my under eyes are in this pic above?? Banana powder is easy to use, and basically you apply it the way you do regular setting powder.
How I applied it in the video :
- I use the powder AFTER I have applied my foundation and concealer (liquid products). This is the exact concealer I used.
- You can either pat it on with a small fluffy powder brush OR you can dip an egg sponge in the powder,
- Tap any excess off (if your skin is very dry/or mature like mine – a little goes a long way), then push the powder and roll it into the skin. Rolling motion helps set better than a swiping motion in my opinion.
In the video, I explain how yellow powders are great for medium, olive and darker skin tones. However, yellow shades cancel and correct purples and blue under eye veins so if you’re fair, you can use it, but just might need to cut it with translucent powder to lighten the yellow even further.
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AFTER I made this video, I found out that Makeup Revolution now offers a “banana light” shade. Which means I would not have had to cut my original banana powder with the RCMA translucent one like I did in the video!! Good to know.
So there you have it, the what and why use banana powder mystery solved! I’d love to hear if this is something you already use in your daily makeup routine.
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