Heat proof your makeup with setting powder – goodbye greasy skin and concealer lines

best setting powders

I have downsized by every day makeup routine. Currently, it includes a sunblock, concealer, BB cream, eyebrow promade, eye shadow, kajal, mascara, contour, blush, highlighter and lipliner. In that order. Okay sorry, now that I have said it aloud, it really isn’t downsized. It doesn’t include foundation and any tricky business like blended eye shadows (I stick to brown) or an eyeliner.

Anyway. Last week, I went out for a meeting, and wore the same products listed above. It was a beautiful day – warm, slight breeze, and plenty of sun. I walked for about 30 minutes, reached the venue and checked up on my face. Oh boy..what had just happened? I had concealer lines (basically my concealer had melted into lines around my eyes), and skin was unbelievably oily. I think I last saw something like that was in 2005, during my A-levels years. Seriously. Or at least that’s the last photographic evidence I have of greasy skin.

The next time I went out for a meeting, I added TamTam’s Banana Powder to the mix, and voila! 5 hours, 55 minutes of walking and I came home ohne shine. And that got me to this post. I am going to explain the difference between setting and finishing powders (because 59% of my Instagram followers do not know what that is), why it is a must use makeup product for summer, and lastly, how to use it (because I know you want to know it).

How is a setting powder different than a finishing powder? 

There is a fine line between the two. Setting powder, as the name suggests, helps set in your foundation, preventing  base makeup from rubbing off and reducing shine. Available in two common forms – loose and pressed – setting powders can be translucent or slightly tinted to match skin tone.

Loose powder comes in a jar, has smaller particles (and therefore a finer consistency), and usually gives lightweight coverage. It’s also messy and hard to transport, so this guy is meant to stay at home. It is the one that I use.

Pressed powder comes in a compact and contains ingredients used to turn the product into a semi-solid. These are usually things like silicones and waxes, so if your skin is annoyed by that stuff, you may have a hard time with pressed powder. Because the particles are slightly bigger and contain these stick-together ingredients, applying too much pressed powder can result in a cake-y appearance. Using a little as a touch-up throughout the day, though, is quick and easy.

And just so you know, banana powder is a type of setting powder.

Finishing powder, on the other hand, is used after your makeup is complete and is ideal for when facing camera or bright lights. It is most commonly sold in loose form, and is used to blur fine lines, conceal pores and leave a flawless, camera-ready finish. 

These powders are white. If you’re going to be dealing with powerful cameras and flashes, you’ll need to be careful with finishing powders. If you use too much or don’t blend well, you can look like you fell face-down in a bucket of baby powder. This is because the light from the flash can bounce off certain ingredients, causing the dreaded chalky-white flashback, but for normal life, applying a finishing powder as a setting powder won’t have terrible consequences if you use a little and blend it well.

What is a banana powder?

Banana Powder is a hybrid of a pressed and translucent powder, which was created as a universally flattering setting powder to diminish the look of fine lines, absorb oil and colour correct discolouration. It is a pale yellow in colour, and gives the skin a warm highlight, reduces shine, and helps set makeup for longer wear. While it can be used by every colour complexion, it is best for complexions with olive, golden, or yellow undertones. Not the best option for ivory skin tones.

Why Use a Banana Powder?

While everyone wants to glow, nobody wants to look greasy, and banana powder is a great mattifier. Powder atop your liquid or cream foundation helps to set it so that it won’t migrate into any lines or slide down off your face. Certain powders can also reduce the look of fine lines and pores.

Powder is also a great base upon which to apply blush, contour, bronzer, or shimmer. You can apply those things straight on top of your foundation if you like, but everything lasts longer when powder is in the mix.

How to use banana powder:

Banana powder is super fine and silky, meant to be applied after your concealer and foundation. There are two ways to go about it, depending on the kind of support you want from it:

  • Basic Support: Simply use a fluffy powder brush and dust it over your whole face.
  • Power of baking (what I do): Add a liberal amount of the banana setting powder under your eyes and above jawline (anywhere that needs brightening emphasis) with a makeup sponge and let it sit for 5 minutes. The heat from your face will set the concealer. Then, dust the powder off your face with a powder brush.

You’ll find that it helps to set your makeup so that it lasts longer while at the same time working as a mattifyer to cut shine and absorb excess oil that crops up throughout the day. It also helps prevent your concealer from creasing and settling into fine lines.

Good to know: you can wear banana powder on bare skin as well to kill shine, and tinted powder will also give you a little evening-out power.


I use TamTam’s Banana Powder. But that’s the only one I have ever used. So to add tired, tested and loved recommendations, I asked some of your and mine favourite beauty bloggers about their favourite setting powders, and here’s what they suggest:

Baemisaal recommends Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder.

Gohar recommends Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder.

Gul E Zahra Mirza recommends Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder.

Maheen Shariq Adil recommends Huda Beauty Easy bake Powder and ABH Loose Setting Powders.

Anna Khan recommends Laura Marcier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and Bare Minerals Translucent Finishing Powder.

Jadirah recommends Beautify by Amna Revolutionary Makeup Fix + Loose Setting Powder and Kryolan Translucent Powder.

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