Spending £30 pound only to find out that you’re whiter than a girl drinking Starbucks in her Uggs taking a selfie with her IPhone and posting it on Instagram with a Mean Girls quote as the caption. It sucks, right?
If you’ve been anywhere near the Internet these past two to maybe three years then you’d have heard the words ‘Ben Nye’s banana powder’ get thrown about, especially if you’ve been near the Beauty Bloggers. However, if you’re someone that happens to be into beauty blogs and still aren’t aware of this yellow fairy dust then please, let me enlighten you.
The banana powder is most commonly known because of something called ‘the baking method’ and unfortunately, this has nothing to do with cake. It’s a make up technique that was originally used by drag queens in order to make that under eye pop! But, us beauty bloggers have adopted it and we are really feeling the Nye vibes. When you apply your foundation and contour etc, you dust on a generous layer of the banana powder to the places where you would like to highlight, so, for me, it’s the under eyes, a small triangle on my forehead, and a streak underneath my cheek contour. You then leave it for about five or ten minutes, doing your eye make up or your hair or something whilst you wait. This allows the heat from your face to work with the make up, hence the term ‘bake’. When you’re ready, you just dust it off and it leaves this amazing, crease less highlight to accentuate your features. You’re basically Kim Kardashian.
Like putting the icing on the cake. HA! I’m here all week, ladies and gentlemen.
There are numerous tutorials for this method on YouTube so if you want to see them then go check it out, it’s pretty cool. However, I wouldn’t do this often as it’s a lot of make up to wear and every now and then, your skin needs a chance to breathe.
Now that you know what baking is, let me explain my experience with the famous Ben Nye Banana Powder. Christmas has just passed and I’ve been super excited to try all my new make up out. So, I got up loads of tutorials on YouTube because I wanted to look absolutely flawless and obviously, I’d never used Ben Nye’s Banana Powder before but I got it. I did my foundation and concealer and all of my contour and then it got to baking and guess what? I’m too freaking pale for it to have any affect. Honestly, I could have sobbed but I’d just finished my make up so I held it together.
Regardless of the fact that I look like a sheet of paper, it is still a really good product and I still use it because it works as a setting powder and it makes my skin look and feel really soft but if you were to buy it so you can test out this baking method, I strongly suggest that you check whether it’s worth it with your skin tone. I mean, I look like the weakest cup of tea so as long as your complexion is at least a shade darker than that, it should be okay. But my lesson has been learnt – do your research before you spend £30 on a product that doesn’t really do anything for you.