Baking Breakdown 101: Tired of that ashy look?! Which baking powders are correct for you!

So ladies I've taken the liberty of breaking down the top baking powders that can work for WOC (Women of Color) and that can work for fair to tan women as well. Below I've given you guys a detailed look into these powders and how you can make it work for your skin-tone. 


Laura Mercier Translucent Powder: 

Laura Mercier is one of the sought out baking powders on the market and every beauty guru swears by it. This powder does what it says it does, but this setting powder doesn't work well for every skin-tone. For WOC this setting powder can be an absolute nightmare because it gives you a ghostly cast in pictures when left sitting on the face to long. And this reason is why this setting powder is perfect for women with fair to tan skin-tones. But if you're a WOC I suggest after using the setting powder spray some fix plus or whatever finishing spray you like coat the face generously. Let the finishing spray dry and that ghostly shadow in pictures should be gone. Another trick you can use to counter attack that shadow is to use this product sparingly on the sections you want to highlight. And to also cut down on the baking process after applying it. 


What it claims it does: This bestselling translucent powder sets your makeup for longer wear. Perfectly for nearly all skintones, the soft-focus effect subtly blurs the look of fine lines and imperfections, and it doesn’t settle into lines or pores. The result is natural-looking and never powdery or cakey. Apply this powder with the Laura Mercier Velour Puff to create a soft, matte finish for a look that will last all day. 


Stats (1 oz):

Talc, Magnesium Myristate, Nylon-12, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, EthylhexylPalmitate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben, Lauroyl Lysine, Propylparaben, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Butylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Methicone. May contain: Ultramarines (Cl 77007), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499).


Ben Nye Banana Powder (or Ben Nye Setting Powder Collection):

This is another product that has been raving all over the internet after Kim Kardashian West started using it years ago. Everyone seems to love the infamous Banana Powder but did you know Ben Nye has a collection of setting powders for different skin tones. Since everyone knows about the legendary banana powder, I want to briefly go over the other setting powders your probably not familiar with. Rule of thumb: always choose a setting powder that's a shade lighter than your skin-tone. 


Sienna: This beautiful shade is for women with a medium shade with a lot of red undertones to the face. 

Chestnut: This beautiful shade is for women with a darker/mocha complexion with blue under tones. 

Fair: This beautiful shade is for women with fair to translucent complexions.

Ebony: This beautiful shade is for women of a very much dark complexion. i.e Lupita Nyongo' That rich dark beautiful chocolate skin will look absolutely gorgeous with this setting powder.

Topaz: This beautiful shade will work for light skinned to slightly medium women. This powder has a lot of yellow undertones so if you have yellow undertones in your skin, this will work beautifully. 

Pretty Pink: This is beautiful for very fair skin tones with pink under tones .

Neutral Set: This works beautifully on every skin tone. It's very neutralizing and its a light setting powder.

Super White: This beautiful shade works out with fair skin-tones. has no undertones just plain white. This is good for clown makeup or fantasy makeups based in white.

Coco: This beautiful shade has a lot of yellow and orange under tones. This would work out with women with caramel complexions. 


What it claims it does: 

Ben Nye's Classic Translucent Face powder sets creme makeup for a durable, soft matte finish! Find your match in 9 shades ranging from fair to cool, to the rich, deep brown! Neutral Set Translucent Powder is a colorless powder that blends with all skin tones without diminishing the natural glow of your complexion. The special formula also controls perspiration, making this product perfect for high energy performers such as clowns or dancers! Super White Powder is Ben Nye's only non-translucent powder that contains a bright white pigment good for White, Geisha, Porcelain, and other very fair shades.

Stats (2.4 ounces): 

TalcAluuminum Hydroperioxide, Butulparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sorbic Acid, Parfum Free.

  • mini shakers .90oz
  • 3 - 3.5oz shaker bottles
  • 8oz jar




Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder:

All the drag queens can relate to the next product I'm going to talk about. This product has been all the raves on the internet as well. This is a great option if you don't want to blow 40$ on the Laura Mercier setting powder. This setting powder lays so beautifully on the skin and it's dermatologically tested as well. The packaging alone had me at hello! It comes in 5 different shades:

  • Translucent
  • Extra Coverage translucent
  • Muted beige
  • Naturally Neutral
  • Honey Beige

These types of setting powder are perfect for fair skin-tones but I've seen WOC pull off these setting powders as well. 

What it claims it does: 

  • Powder particles are swirled and smoothed by racing streams of air for cloud-like softness
  • Designed with tints that are spread finely through the powder lying evenly and flat on your skin for a flawless finish
  • Coty Airspun loose face powder can be used to set makeup or as a foundation
  • Long-lasting
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Translucent loose face powder will hide tiny lines, wrinkles and blemishe


Talc, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Carbonate, Parfum/Fragrance, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil/Huile Minerale, Lanolin, Cetyl Alcohol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Eugenol, Linalool, Coumarin, Geraniol, Citronellol, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Hydrooxycitronellal [May Contain: Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), D&C Yellow No. 5 Zirconium Lake (Ci 19140), D&C Red No. 30 Lake (Ci 73360)].




Sacha Setting Powder:

This setting powder has been all over the blogs and internet beauty bloggers give this product two thumbs up! The reason is because everyone is loving there "flash friendly" promise! Now when looking at it some would say this product looks exactly like the Ben Nye banana powder. This product leaves no unfinished marks and doesn't cake up at all!

What it claims to do:


  • FLASH FRIENDLY - You never get a white cast or look ashy in bright lighting or photos
  • ONE SHADE – Specially recommended for Multicultural Women
  • SET – Use as an all-over face powder or to bake/set your highlights and concealer
  • FINELY MILLED - Fills in fine lines and pores for an incredibly smooth finish
  • OIL CONTROL - Absorbs oils, reduces shine and keeps your face matte for hours

Buttercup is a finely-milled, yellow-based setting powder. It is one shade that is specially recommended for Multicultural Women. It can be used as an all-over face powder to highlight or set your concealer and foundation. It is a completely flash-friendly finishing powder and does not give off a white cast or turn ashy in bright lighting or photos. It absorbs oil, reduces shine and keeps your face matte for hours. Most women also purchase our flash-friendly Buttercup Compact to keep handy for quick and easy touch ups.



Talc, Mica, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Carbonate, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.