Setting powders are getting lighter, finer, and glowier lately, and the new Becca Cosmetics Soft Light Blurring Powder is no exception. If anything, it’s at the top of the game. The cult-favorite brand dropped its first-ever loose setting powder last night, and it‘s already an Allure editor favorite. (We got a head start on testing it out.) Not only is the crystal-studded packaging total “vanity candy,” as the company’s style director Kerry Cole likes to call it, but the microfine, lightweight powder is also pretty versatile. Here are five ways to use the Becca Cosmetics Soft Light Blurring Powder, starting with the most obvious.

1. Blurring

Okay, yes, the word is literally in the product name, but we wanted to break down how it works. It‘s basically the powdered version of the Milk Makeup Blur Stick. When brushed over bare or made-up skin, it’s like swiping to the soft-focus, beautifying filter on Snapchat. Everything is smoothed out—even fine lines—and pores get filled in. Inspired by the superflattering, soft glow of twilight, it makes you look as good as you do standing under twinkling stars, or sitting at a candlelit dinner.

2. Setting

Here’s another no-brainer, but when we say this stuff replaced our usual go-to setting powder, we mean it. You can either sweep it over your makeup with a fluffy brush, like the, or press it onto your skin with a Beautyblender. Either way, your foundation will be sealed in for the day. If you happen to be going to an event with lots of flashing cameras, you won‘t have to worry about embarrassing flashback that makes you look like you just sprinkled flour on your face (Taylor Swift and Angelina Jolie have felt that pain). The powder’s peachy tint scatters and reflects light so that doesn’t happen.

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3. Baking

If you have oily skin, then you probably know about the wonders of baking your face. For those who are unfamiliar with the technique, it involves pressing loose powder over your foundation and concealer and letting it sit for a bit. The heat from your skin helps set your makeup and absorbs excess oil. After several minutes, you brush away the extra powder, revealing a smooth, matte finish. The new Becca powder does it flawlessly and even left one editor‘s undereye area creaseless—a rare occurrence for her.

4. Highlighting

The Becca Cosmetics Soft Light Blurring Powder isn‘t translucent or chalky white. Instead, the formula has a slight peachy tint, which makes it slightly detectable on darker skin tones. If that‘s you, this powder still has some major benefits. As mentioned, it gives skin a soft glow (Cole, in fact, refers to it as a “golden-hour glow”). This means the product doubles as a highlighter. When tapped onto cheekbones, it gives darker complexions a natural-looking glow without shimmer or glitter. For lighter and medium skin tones, you can use it on top of a cream highlighter to boost its luminosity.

5. Concealing

Instead of applying a full face of base makeup when a pimple pops up, set a bit of concealer with this stuff. Dip your finger into the jar to pick up some of the powder, then lightly tap it on top of your problem spot. It will smooth everything out, and you won‘t have to worry about that annoying zit for the rest of the day. We swear.

You can buy the Becca Cosmetics Soft Light Blurring Powder, as well as the new purple First Light Priming Filter, now on beccacosmetics.com for $38.


Now, learn how to bake your face from Kandee Johnson:




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