These days powders can do so many things. They can act as primers for foundations, they can make your face brighter and they can still do their tried-and-true calling of cutting down on your shine. Here's a rundown of a few of the best face powders for all skin types and purposes. Find one that's right for you.
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L'Oreal Paris True Match Powder ($8) is a great drugstore buy. It works to set foundation or concealer without leaving a cakey or chalky finish. Plus, there are a ton of shades (about 20) to choose from. When it comes to a drugstore buy, you won't find a better product.
In 2011, Allure Magazine noted that Make Up Forever's Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder ($36) "gives an airbrushed effect and feels like wearing nothing." Users report it goes on feeling silky and won't sink into fine lines leaving a wonderful matte effect. It's awesome for oily skin but is also good for dry skin, just make sure to moisturize first so the powder doesn't highlight any dryness. This one comes in just one universal shade for all skin tones.
This brightening powder from Laura Mercier ($28) is a miracle worker when it comes to making a tired face look un-tired. It works by setting your concealer into place and adding a bit of pop to those naturally dark spots on your face. You can also use it to conceal your under-eye circles. The #1 is for fair to medium skin tones and the #2 is for medium to dark skin tones. Makeup artist Genevieve Herr says, "I apply it wherever I've applied concealer: under the eyes, laugh lines, and above and on top of the lips with a little bit of a bigger brush. I use very little. Then, after I apply that powder, I apply the face powder."
If you wear powder foundations instead of liquid foundations, there's actually a wonderful primer available. Who knew? This Pure Canvas Primer from Laura Mercier ($38) works by filling in pores and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles so the powder doesn't settle in.
Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Foundation ($32) is a tried-and-true favorite for mineral powder lovers. It's laced with light-diffusing mica and is completely talc-free. You can get a sun-kissed look by sweeping this powder over the spots where the sun naturally hits -- the temples, the cheeks and on the bridge of the nose. Apply with a fluffy powder brush, medium-sized.
These days powders aren't just used to set foundation and concealers, they can also add color to the skin making it appear sun-kissed or healthy and pink. This tri-color powder by Revlon Color Stay Mineral Finishing Powder ($20) does just that and what's better is you can find it in your local drugstore aisle for about 1/3 the price of the department store powders.
In 1994, Supermodel Iman launched a much-needed cosmetics and skincare line designed for women of color. All of her products are gorgeous, but her pressed and loose powders ($16) do a great job of keeping your makeup in place for longer periods of time. They come in many shades which are well-suited for people with darker skin tones.