9 Flash-Approved Setting Powders Perfect For Dark Skin Tones

Imagine spending a good chunk of your Friday night color correcting, concealing, applying your foundation, and contouring only to have your hard work melt off by the time you make it to the bar. Truth be told, forgetting a delicate dusting of setting powder is almost worse than forgetting your primer before you apply your base.

“Think of setting powder as the varnish a painter uses to protect pigments from fading over time on her canvas,” makeup artist Clarissa Luna says. “It literally ‘sets’ your foundation and concealer, and stops it from moving around on your face. And it creates a smoother finish and a flawless look overall.”

While setting powder is deemed necessary by most major makeup artists and influencers (hey, Patrick Starr!), it’s not always easy for those with darker skin tones to find the right one. Most powders are white or translucent, and can sometimes leave an ashy cast — or worse, photo flashback. “A lot of cosmetic companies have yet to make a universally-true translucent formula,” Luna continues. So, to combat that, look for a selection that has been finely milled and tinted with your complexion in mind. See the pro picks ahead.

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The Pro:Clarissa Luna
Clients: Cynthia Erivo, Regina Hall, Normani Kordei

“Fenty Beauty’s Invisimatte Blotting Powder is a godsend,” she says. “It can be used for setting, touching up, and it holds back shine. The two formulas have become favorites in my kit for celebrity clients!” Plus, Priscilla Ono (Fenty Beauty’s global artist) told us that Rihanna herself goes nowhere without this in her clutch.

FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA, $32, available at Fenty Beauty

“Bobbi Brown carries a range of powders that I’m in love with,” Luna adds. “Its Retouching Powders come in six different colors made to compliment every skin tone. Whether you use them to set foundation, color correct, or for shading, these powders do the job. The best part is the finish: They smooth over any type of textured skin, creating a soft-focus look with no white cast. Plus, you don’t need to use a filter for selfies when you’re done!”

Bobbi Brown, $46, available at Bobbi Brown

The Pro: Khalea Underwood, Refinery29 Beauty Writer

“I don’t wear base every day, but when I do, I reach for this pink-lidded baby to set it,” Underwood explains. “Glossier’s all about that natural ~aesthetic~, like me, and Wowder keeps my concealer and tinted moisturizer in place without dimming my glow.”

Glossier, $22, available at Glossier

“My little sister is notorious for her mile-long Christmas lists, but last year she only had one — ok, ok, ALMOST one — item on her list: Sacha Buttercup Setting Powder,” Underwood says. “Long before Laura Mercier offered a deeper option, bloggers and vloggers reached for the brown-girl friendly powder perfect for setting, baking, and getting rid of shine.”

Sacha Cosmetics, $20, available at Sacha Cosmetics

The Pro:Samuel Rodriguez
Clients: Vivica A. Fox, Malika and Khadijah Haqq

“Hands down, this is one of my favorites,” Rodriguez says. “The price is considerably affordable compared to other products that are currently on the market, and you end up with the same exact results as the ‘designer’ powders, without paying designer prices.”

Ben Nye, $13.5, available at Camera Ready Cosmetics

The Pro: Sam Sasso, Refinery29 Beauty Writer

Hourglass is the master of blurring powders that leave skin radiant, not chalky. If you’ve never used the Ambient Lighting powders, know this: They make your complexion look IRL FaceTuned. Now, the brand is delivering more magic with its latest, talc-free (meaning zero white cast) setting powder that marries the soft-focus, skin-perfecting blur of the Ambient Lighting formula with the oil control of a setting powder. Instead of setting foundation by smothering it with a heavy layer of powder, this fine, translucent formula veils over your existing makeup for a light-reflecting filter that leaves you looking like you just got back from a very expensive spa weekend.

Hourglass, $46, available at Sephora

The Pro:Alana Wright
Clients: Khoudia Diop, Aurora James, Ebonee Davis

“I love the darker shade that it comes in for deeper complexions,” Wright says about this Laura Mercier option. “Plus, it’s talc free, weightless, and doesn’t look ashy on darker skin tones.”

Laura Mercier, $38, available at Laura Mercier

“It’s rare to find something that literally works on everyone and doesn’t cake up — ever,” Wright says. “But the coverage lasts all day long.”

MAC Cosmetics, $27, available at mac cosmetics

“Nars has wide range of shades for darker tones, too.” Wright adds. “I love the light reflecting particles in this because it’s great for smoothing textures, minimizing pores and — most importantly — it doesn’t flash in photos.”

NARS, $37, available at NARS

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*NYSNC Reunited And 8-Year-Old Me Is Living Her Best Life

::screams:: ::cries:: ::melts::

I’m so excited that I can barely type, so we’re just gonna get straight to the point: *NSYNC REUNITED!!!!!!!!!

I'm so excited that I can barely type, so we're just gonna get straight to the point: *NSYNC REUNITED!!!!!!!!!

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Ok, I’m going to say it one more time, just in case you didn’t hear me. *NSYNC, THE GREATEST BOY BAND OF ALL TIME (SORRY, NOT SORRY, BACKSTREET BOYS), JUST REUNITED!!!!!

Ok, I'm going to say it one more time, just in case you didn't hear me. *NSYNC, THE GREATEST BOY BAND OF ALL TIME (SORRY, NOT SORRY, BACKSTREET BOYS), JUST REUNITED!!!!!

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This hasn’t happened since the VMA’s in 2013!

This hasn't happened since the VMA's in 2013!

(Even though JT totally could've invited them to join him at the Super Bowl. But, it's fine. I'm not bitter.)

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Now, unfortunately, they didn’t sing. But, they DID get their (much belated, if you ask me) star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Now, unfortunately, they didn't sing. But, they DID get their (much belated, if you ask me) star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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*live footage of me watching the ceremony*

*live footage of me watching the ceremony*

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The whole gang was there — Lance, Joey, JC, JT, and Chris!

The whole gang was there — Lance, Joey, JC, JT, and Chris!

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Ellen DeGeneres introduced them and roasted the hell out of Joey.

Ellen DeGeneres introduced them and roasted the hell out of Joey.

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JC Chasez had this hair! LOOK. AT. IT.

JC Chasez had this hair! LOOK. AT. IT.

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Justin thanked all of their moms and I cried.

Justin thanked all of their moms and I cried.

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Lance made a speech about how *NSYNC fans helped him come out and I cried even more.

Lance made a speech about how *NSYNC fans helped him come out and I cried even more.

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Ok, I’m going to go listen to my faves ’til I die. BYE (BYE BYE)!

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How Giving Up Essential Oils Finally Fixed My Skin

It’s never easy to let go of something you love. Really, it’s one of the hardest conclusions a person will ever have to come to, acknowledging — and then accepting — that a part of your life is no longer servicing you as it once did. I have suffered two great disappointments of this kind, two crushing blows of realization that a thing I had built my life around wasn’t working for me the way I wanted it to. The first, years ago, was smoking weed. (“It’s actually really good for anxiety,” everyone would tell me, while my hands shook and my heart raced and my vision blurred and I considered calling my parents to tell them I loved them before I died.) And the second, far more recently, was essential oils.

Here’s where that ill-fated love story begins: me, over the age of five but definitely no older than 10, huffing the huiles aromatiques in their frosted-glass flacons that my mom kept on her dresser. And here is where it ends: around two decades later, relying on an expensive cocktail of skin-care products enriched with oils, both essential and non, to tackle problems ranging from acne to redness to sensitivity to just… problematic. According to my internal narrative, I had bad skin, and I was using good products to treat it. But it never got better. Why?

There’s that quote that’s always attributed to Albert Einstein, even though it might well have originated in an old Narcotics Anonymous handbook from 1981 and never been spoken at all by the German-born genius: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” So maybe I’m insane! Or maybe I’d just invested so much in the idea that natural “toxin-free” products with organic essential oils were Good and my skin was Bad that it was hard to flip that script.

The first step was a kind of trial separation from my bergamot and neroli and orange blossom and lavender and all the aromatherapeutic blends I used to inhale deeply for ten breaths as I massaged them into my skin. I found a line of products that I liked that happened to leave out essential oils. The brand’s founder, chemist Marie-Veronique Nadeau, said that she formulated an essential oil-free range as a way to “eliminate one factor in the guesswork with sensitive skin issues, and that it did. I used them consistently for a few days, and that was it. Irritation: gone. Redness: gone. Weird flakiness around my mouth: gone. Breakouts: gone. Like magic — or, at the very least, like normal, balanced skin.

And because I’m not insane, I haven’t gone back to my old ways. I no longer use any essential oils; in fact, I scan every ingredients list with an eagle’s eye before trying anything new, and if I see any of my old floral-extract friends, I’m out.

This, I should mention, is controversial. I know, I know — controversy should be limited to discussion around things like Michelle Wolf and the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, not whether or not I like putting essential oils on my face. But you’d really be surprised: I’ve sat down with esteemed founders of popular skin-care brands who balk at my suggestion that essential oils do not work for me. They act like I’m lying, or like I am an idiot who has put pure undiluted tea-tree oil on my face and wondered why it burned, which I haven’t. “I’ve seen severe contact dermatitis from a variety of products containing essential oils,” a board-dermatologist with a medical degree once told me, which is to say: I am not making this shit up.

But for every brand that puts essential oils in their formulas like they’re going out of style (and they’re really not — people have been using them for thousands of years, which is a good indicator that they’ll probably never stop), there’s another brand that’s wising up to the fact that, while they’re not inherently bad, they just don’t work for everyone. Peet Rivko and Drunk Elephant have sworn them off entirely; Trilogy and Sunday Riley both offer some essential oil-free formulas. And if you find your skin in constant turmoil for a reason that remains a mystery, consider taking a break and seeing what happens. Breaking up was hard to do, but things are so much better on the other side — which, coincidentally, is exactly what I’d say to my pot-peddling high-school boyfriend, too.

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The New Generation Of Setting Powders Will Make You Glow, Not Dry You Out

When it comes to your makeup, you fall into one of two camps: You either like your face matte, or you like it dewy. Often, that means you either use a setting powder, or you don’t. But now, thanks to a new generation of finishing products, those on team glow are about to get a taste of the powder life they’ve avoided for so long.

Whether it’s mineral, loose, or pressed, the main goal of any good powder is to keep your makeup as creaseless as possible all day long — and more often than not, that means you’re getting the mattifying treatment. But a baked-to-oblivion undereye isn’t everyone’s goal; some just want a radiant, healthy sheen. That’s where the three new launches ahead come into play. These formulas include ultra-refined particles that are lightweight, silky, and — yes — really hydrating. They keep your T-zone free from the dreaded oil that hits without fail at 3 PM, but make everything else look seriously lit.

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Hourglass is the master of blurring powders that leave skin radiant, not chalky. If you’ve never used the Ambient Lighting powders, know this: They make your complexion look IRL FaceTuned. Now, the brand is delivering more magic with its latest, talc-free (meaning zero white cast) setting powder that marries the soft-focus, skin-perfecting blur of the Ambient Lighting formula with the oil-control of a setting powder. Instead of setting foundation by smothering it with a heavy layer of powder, this fine, translucent formula veils over your existing makeup for a light-reflecting filter that leaves you looking like you just got back from a very expensive spa weekend.

Hourglass, $46, available at Sephora

When it comes to achieving that post-vacation glow, Marc Jacobs has you covered. If you’re not already covered in the Coconut Gel Highlighter, then you’ve got something else to add to your seasonal regimen. This setting powder goes on like a powder, but — thanks to the coconut and cocoa butter ingredients — sets like a cream. Wait a few hours, and you’ll swear your skin looks more hydrated than when you left for work in the morning.

Marc Jacobs Beauty, $44, available at Sephora

Becca’s newest launch is in a league of its own — the only powder that competes with a face mist, thanks to the high percentage of water and glycerin in the formula. Don’t pack it on with a BeautyBlender, either, because this weightless formula is meant to refresh and revive makeup as opposed to set it. So when it’s 3 p.m. and your to-do list has all but sucked the life out of you — and it shows — a gentle dusting of this cooling, light-reflecting powder will wake you up.

Becca, $38, available at Sephora

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6 Bonnets That You'll Actually Want To Sleep In

Bonnets aren’t exactly the kind of thing you put on before sending a “you up?” text. Most are oversized, blindingly bright, and have that unmistakeable plastic sheen. When it comes to protecting our strands overnight, that’s perfectly fine. But for sexy sleepovers? Maybe not so much.

That’s why we’re excited to see more brands introducing cool, innovative bonnet designs that are not only pretty enough to wear to bed, but could actually pass for daytime hair accessories. Best part: They extend the life of your look, help retain moisture, and fight split ends — all while looking damn cute, to boot.

Check out our favorite re-usable styles, ahead.

We are obsessed with these SLAP caps, which look like beanies and come in every color imaginable.

Grace Eleyae Mauve Satin Lined Cap, $29.95, available at Grace Eleyae.

With some artful knotting, you could easily wear this as a chic head wrap and pair it with jeans.

My Crowning Jewel Zebra Libra, $35, available at My Crowning Jewel.

The elegant ribbon tie closure makes this bonnet look, dare we say it, sexy.

Vernon Francois Sleep~In Silk Cap, $25, available at Vernon Francois.

Silke’s founder Maria, who is of Caribbean descent, was inspired by her heritage to create these vintage-looking wraps that we’d happily wear all day.

Silke London The Dita, $59.08, available at Silke London.

Because if you can’t Kira Kira your bonnet, is it really worth wearing?

Before Bed Headz Stardust Pink, $29.99 on backorder, available at Before Bed Headz.

Photo: Via @beforebedheadz.

We’d easily wear this black and white-printed turban, which is already tied up, with a pair of jeans and gold accessories.

Loza Tam, $40, available at Loza Tam

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The "Infinity War" Characters Vs. What They Look Like In Real Life

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