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Best Setting Powders for Darker Skin Tones

A good setting powder that does not leave a white or grey caste used to be so hard to find. As a black women of a medium skin tone with yellow undertones, I found it difficult to find setting powders that would not make me look too orange or too neutral. Most of the powders I tried out always gave me a white caste whenever I would set the concealer under my eyes. However, I have found that over the past couple of years there have been more options and brands that are not only creating wide shade ranges but also focusing on catering to different undertones.



What is skin tone and undertone?

Skin tone is the surface skin colour, whereas skin undertone is the subtle hue underneath the surface. The three main types of skin tone are: light, medium and deep. The three main types of skin undertones are: warm, cool and neutral.

Why does skin undertone matter?

If you want a makeup base that looks natural it needs to match your skin undertone as well as your skin tone. Otherwise, you can end up looking as if you are wearing a mask due to a clear line of demarcation which makes it evident where you applied makeup and where you did not. Hyperpigmentation can make it harder to figure out your undertone but matching to your chest can make this easier.

Beauty Bakerie Flour Setting Powder

This finely-milled, gluten-free, vegan, Flour® Setting Powder allows you to set your concealer and foundation in place for a long day's wear. This lightly tinted (barely-there) formula puts the oily face battle to rest. With an HD feature, it will noticeably blur your pores and soften your complexion leaving you with a beautiful, matte finish. Available in 7 shades.

Sacha Buttercup Setting Powder

FLASH-FRIENDLY: No ashy flashback in bright lighting, selfies and photos

ABSORBS SHINE: Oil-free, you won’t look oily and greasy for several hours

PORELESS: Fills in fine lines and pores for a smooth, flawless finish


Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder

A superfine, weightless loose setting powder curated in 8 sheer shades to perfect and extend makeup wear for that filtered, photo-ready finish on lock.


Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

This lightweight, finely-milled powder doesn't add weight or texture to skin. Doesn't settle into fine lines and never looks cakey. A touch of sheer coverage with a soft matte finish sets makeup flawlessly for 16 hours. No flashback, available in 3 shades.

Revolution Pro CC Perfecting Pressed Powder

This pressed powder has no flashback and is infused with hydrating hyaluronic acid and skin-loving antioxidants to leave the skin feeling nourished. The fine pressed powder will melt into the skin for a hint of coverage whilst also setting your makeup in place. Available in 13 shades.



What are your favourite setting powders?


Vernita x

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