After all of that hard work you put into covering the dark circles under your eyes and achieving a smooth, matte finish, it’s obvious that you need a great product to help “lock” it all in place.
In our guide below, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best under eye setting powder options and offering you a few useful tips to perfect your technique.
If you’re new to setting powders or if you just want to find a different brand, you’re definitely in the right place!
Top 6 best under eye setting powders Table
|1. bareMinerals SPF 25 Mineral Vei||Translucent||$$$||4.5|
|2. Sacha Cosmetics Buttercup Powder||Yellow||$$$$||4.4|
|3. N.Y.C. New York Color Smooth Skin||Naturally Beige||$||4.4|
|4. Ben Nye Neutral Set||Colorless||$$$||4.3|
|5. Coty AirSpun Translucent||Translucent||$$||4.3|
|6. NYX Cosmetics Studio Translucent Finish||Translucent||$||4.1|
Choosing and Using a Setting Powder
best under eye setting powder
There are a few things you need to take into consideration in order to choose the right setting powder, and keep in mind that the best under eye setting powder will also work as a setting powder for the rest of your face (and vice versa).
- Skin Tone. Let your skin tone determine the tint of the setting powder.
Those with deep brown tones will do well with a yellow-tinted setting powder (unless your concealer or foundation already has a golden undertone, then it’s probably best to use a natural color or translucent powder so that you don’t create yellow patches under your eyes).
For those with fairer skin tones, a translucent powder or a naturally tinted powder (such as number 4) will work just fine.
- Brush. Since you’re interested in a setting powder that you plan to use under the eye, you’ll probably want a small brush designed specifically for setting powder. While larger brushes like kabukis or powder brushes are great for the face, they can’t target the small area under your eye as well.
Real Techniques has an excellent little brush that you can use and it’s very cost-efficient!
The Baking Technique
Many of you are probably already aware of what the baking technique is, but we’ll provide a brief overview for those of you who don’t. It’s a way to set concealer under the eye, but a very particular method that isn’t right for every occasion.
Here’s how it works:
- Apply concealer under your eyes. You’ll cover a much larger area than traditional makeup techniques suggest, which means it extend out past your eye and onto your cheekbones. (You can also apply concealer to other areas you want to highlight, such as the forehead, chin and bridge of your nose).
- Blend well with a quality sponge.
- Apply a heavy layer of setting powder and let it sit there for about 10 minutes.
- After it’s done “baking” and the 10 minutes are up, gently brush away the excess powder and add the finishing touches to your look.
This is a very heavy way to set concealer under the eyes, useful when you’re taking photos, being filmed or when you’re on stage. You also use quite a bit of product, so it’s not recommended for everyday looks.
Top 3 Best Under Eye Setting Powder Reviews
bareMinerals’ Mineral Veil is still one of the best setting powders out there, whether you want to use this under the eyes and over your entire face to get a flawless look.
This is great for those with pale or light skin tones, but bareMinerals hasn’t limited it to one skin tone only. They also make tinted Mineral Veil formulas that work to provide flawless coverage on a range of skin tones.
It is a natural way for you to achieve a matte look without the use of talc, waxes, preservatives or binders.
Here are the ingredients for the translucent powder:
Remember: they also come in different tints if this translucent one isn’t right for you.
bareMinerals also offers their own brushes, but we still think that the Real Techniques Setting Brush is best!
Sacha is an excellent choice for multicultural women. As we mentioned, lovely brown and chocolate skin tones tend to do best with a yellow-tinted setting powder, and that’s exactly what this is.
This can be used for the baking technique we mentioned above (remember that you’ll use more product for this technique), for normal concealer application, highlighting or as an all-over face powder.
This provides you with a flawless matte look thanks to the finely milled powder consistency that fills in those fine lines and pores, thus creating a smooth finish.
One of the things that we like about this powder is that the main ingredients are calendula extract (that’s the wonderful skin-friendly flower from which oil is extracted and used in many types of skin care products, oat flour and rice starch. Natural and healthy (unless you have any allergies to them).
This is great as an everyday setting powder, both for foundation and for under eye concealer (be sure to use a small setting brush like the one we showed you above).
The two colors available won’t work for everyone (Naturally Beige is featured above and they also make Translucent) but anyone looking for a decent, budget-friendly option (and with lighter skin tones) might be pleasantly surprised by this one!