10 Best Face Powders

Face powder rises from the dead! Check out these 10 picks for flawless complexion
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10 Best Face Powders

Face powder rises from the dead! Check out these 10 picks for flawless complexion

-Lois Joy Johnson

Face Powder

Translucent face powder and its traveling companion, the pressed powder compact, were makeup kit staples forever. A light dusting as a final step was supposed to make your makeup last and prevent shine.
Everyone did it. Skipping the powder step was risky – like not adding a topcoat to your nails, or forgetting your deodorant. You just didn’t, although the big fear of looking cakey or dry was always lurking in the back of our minds. Then the big glow trend hit and suddenly everything and everyone was dewy, luminous, light reflecting and shimmery. Well, powder is back which proves once again beauty is as cyclical as fashion. But like style it never comes back exactly the same way. Now it’s reincarnated as a foundation substitute, pore refinisher, skin freshener. Here are my makeup tips to the ten top powders.

Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil1. Bare Escentuals Hydrating Mineral Veil ($19, sephora.com)

This is a totally sheer, water-based loose powder. Terrific skin with a shiny T-zone. Buff it on after makeup or on bare skin to lose the shine as it absorbs excess oil.

2. Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($30, sephora.com)

A new colorless mineral silica pressed powder that gently mattes for a retouched, poreless look.

Physician's Formula Matte Finishing Powder3. Physician’s Formula Organic Wear 100 % Natural Origin Matte Finishing Powder & Bronzing Veil ($13.99, ulta.com)

A big, fluffy flow-thru brush with loose powder applicator comes in fair, light, medium shades for a subtle hint of color without the fake look of most bronzers.

4. Almay Pure Blends Finishing Powder ($11.99, ulta.com)

A loose weightless translucent talc-free powder that comes in matte or shimmer. So light you can’t feel it. I love the slight shimmer for evening.

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  1. Thanks for the list!! I’ve tried the HD powder – and it actually made my face look shinier than before I put on the powder! Not a good one for oily skin. My recent faves are the Coty Loose Powder (it’s a very light peachy color) and the Mattify! Loose Powder (it’s totally transparent). These two really soak up oil – my skin has awful problems with producing too much. They’re pretty inexpensive too – the Coty is around $6 at drugstores, and the Mattify! Powder is around $8 online at mattifycosmetics.com.

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