How to Use Banana Setting Powder Like a Professional Makeup Artist

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5 Minutes

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to use banana setting powder. Have you heard about banana powder? This isn’t a nutritional add-on for your morning smoothie but a makeup product developed by Ben Nye, a famous makeup artist for the theater and movies, more than 50 years ago.

Banana powder became trendy and was all over YouTube and Instagram when Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic used banana powder on her face and racked up millions of views. Join me in showing you how to use banana setting powder!

Tools and materials:

  • Banana powder (prices range from $8 for Makeup Revolution to $14 for Ben Nye to $39 for Laura Mercier)
  • Egg-shaped sponge
  • Tissue
  • Translucent powder
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
How banana powder brightens and color corrects

What is banana powder good for?

Banana powder really is made from bananas, so it has a yellow tint to it. Banana powder color corrects purples or darkness, reduces shine and the appearance of fine lines, absorbs excess oil, sets makeup for longer wear, and gives the skin a warm, golden highlight.

Ben Nye and Makeup Revolution banana powders

What is the difference between banana powder and translucent powder?

While translucent powder works similarly to banana powder, it is colorless (that’s why it’s called translucent!). So, it doesn’t provide the brightening and color-correcting that banana powder does.

Can I use banana powder as setting powder?

While the tone is considered to be universally flattering, it works best on medium or dark complexions with warm, yellow, gold, or olive undertones. It may show as too yellow in people with extremely pale, fair, or ruddy skin. I have a pro-tip for that!

Banana powder uses on the face

Today, I’m going to show you how to apply it to the under-eye area which for a lot of people shows purple or dark with hollows. However, you can apply banana powder over your entire face with a light dusting or anywhere you need a bit more brightening. 

Applying concealer under the eyes

1. Apply concealer

First, apply your regular concealer and foundation.

Pro tip: only apply concealer where the hollow is, rather than going past that area. 

How to apply concealer

I place a few dots, then wait a few seconds until it gets slightly tacky. Then, I use a concealer brush to gently pat the product into the under-eye area. I don’t swipe the concealer with the applicator or brush. I always use a tapping or rolling motion to smooth it out. 

Using fingers to blend concealer under eyes

Sometimes, I’ll use the warmth of my fingers to further tap the product in and blend it.

Cutting banana powder with translucent powder

2. Apply the banana powder

I like to cut the banana powder with a bit of translucent powder for my skin. If you’ve got a blue or red undertone or are pale, this trick will help you as well!

How do you use banana setting powder?

I use a tissue to collect the powder before applying it to my face. Lay the tissue on a flat surface and lightly dust some of the banana powder onto it. Add some translucent powder as well.

Applying banana powder with a sponge

Roll an egg-shaped sponge into the powder, mixing it well if using both. Tap off any excess powder, then gently pat the products under the eye. 

How to apply banana powder for mature skin

Place it right on top of the concealer. If you’re older, go lightly as the powder does settle and could make wrinkles or fine lines more visible.

Banana powder uses on the face

If you’ve got other areas of discoloration or darkness, like around the nose, under the lips, or chin, you can use the banana powder to brighten them up!

Benefits of banana powder makeup

How to use banana setting powder

You don’t need that much as a little goes a long way. Banana powder really does make the difference!

I hope this tutorial helped you learn the benefits of banana powder makeup. Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions or comments! I love helping you look beautiful!

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Banana powder
  • Egg-shaped sponge
  • Tissue
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