The rise of baking, the beauty technique for setting concealer and sharpening your contour, has made translucent setting powder a staple in every makeup lover’s collection. Countless brands offer a light “universal” shade that is supposed to work on all skin tones but that doesn’t mean that it will be equally flattering on everyone, especially complexions on the deeper end of the spectrum. A translucent powder with a little bit of color can not only prevent the white cast of death in flash photography, it can brighten, and add a thin veil of coverage that can elevate the look of your skin. Take your makeup to the next level with one of these gorgeous powders.
1. Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Baking & Setting Powder ($34, Sephora)
The silky powder is available in eight shades that set, smooth, and brighten under the eyes. It adds a slight bit of coverage and gives the skin a smoothing effect, which is a godsend if you are looking to hide your pores. The product has a unique flexible net instead of a traditional plastic filter that is perfect for dipping a brush or covering a beauty sponge with the powder.
2. Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder ($33, Sephora)
The finely milled powder is available in a translucent shade and two other colors for tan and deep skin tones. It contains hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that is magic for anyone with dry skin. The smooth finish it gives the skin is the cherry on top.
3. Cover Fx Perfect Setting Powder ($35, Sephora)
This powder, which is available in a light and dark shade, is very popular among people with dry skin. It doesn’t cling to dry patches and leaves a beautiful airbrushed finish. The skin looks natural and not overly matte, which is great if you are using a dewy foundation and want to keep some of its glow.
4. Ben Nye Luxury Powder ($14, Camera Ready Cosmetics)
The Ben Nye loose powders are a classic that every makeup junkie tries at least once in their life. The brightening Banana powder is a best-seller, but they have 12 more colors that include a variety of tan and chocolatey options that look beautiful on deep complexions. It gives the skin an airbrushed, natural matte finish.
5. Sacha Cosmetics Buttercup Setting Powder ($22, Amazon)
So many brands offer yellow translucent powders for a reason. They are brilliant for brightening medium to dark skin. Sacha Cosmetics has a popular powder available in Buttercup and Buttercup Light that will give you that effect and leave a matte finish behind.
6. Beauty Bakerie HD Flour Setting Powder ($24, Beauty Bakerie)
The adorable flour bag packaging of Beauty Bakerie’s powders steal the show, but the product itself is equally good. It comes in four colors, which includes a brightening yellow and a brown one for deeper skin tones. It creates that blurring effect we all love with a matte finish.
7. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($38, Sephora)
This is probably one of the most popular powders on YouTube and among Pros. It has serious setting power that is great for normal to oily skin. You can literally feel it suck the moisture away if you use it to bake under the eyes. I’ve seen the translucent color work on dark skin tones but there is a medium deep option if you want the added benefit of a little color.