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Best Powder Foundation 2015

Chanel Double Perfection Lumière 

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Best Powder Foundation 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Chanel Double Perfection Lumière 

This finely milled formula has split personalities: It’s a powder when applied directly from its compact, but dampen a sponge and it turns into a cream. Either way, “it doesn’t settle into pores or fine lines,” says L.A. makeup artist Justin Tyme.

$55
Best Mineral Foundation 2015

MAC Cosmetics Mineralize

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Best Mineral Foundation 2015
WINNER 2015

MAC Cosmetics Mineralize

You’d think a foundation jam-packed with minerals would have a dry, gritty finish. Not this velvety cream, which hydrates with shea butter and emollients and takes only “a few swirls to blur imperfections,” says N.Y.C. makeup artist Anthea King.

$35
Best Powder 2015

Laura Mercier

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Best Powder 2015
WINNER 2015, 2008

Laura Mercier

Fact: T-zone shine—that is, an unseemly reflection on your forehead, nose, or chin—happens to the best of us. This barely there powder wards it off in an instant. “It doesn’t leave that telltale powdery finish,” says Bedrani, who uses it on clients like Felicity Jones.

$37
Best 2014 Mineral Foundation

Bare Minerals

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Best 2014 Mineral Foundation
WINNER 2014

Bare Minerals

No questionable chemicals plus sun protection equals a healthy glow in more ways than one. This formula blends flawlessly to give skin "luminosity that isn’t too shimmery," says N.Y.C. makeup artist Joanna Simkin.

$27
Best 2014 Powder

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

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Best 2014 Powder
WINNER 2014

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

Looking for a microfine powder that dusts a pretty sheen over any color foundation while diffusing discolorations? "This one gives skin a soft-focus finish," says N.Y.C. makeup artist Bruce Wayne. So now you’re ready for your Instagram selfie.

$34
Editors' Pick 2010

Revlon Color Stay Mineral Finishing Powder

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Editors' Pick 2010
WINNER 2010

Revlon Color Stay Mineral Finishing Powder

The iridescent flecks in most mineral powders can leave skin looking frosty. But this tri-color formula instantly warms complexions with a healthy flush that won't fade, lasting up to 16 hours. We use it on top of foundation or dust it on bare skin for a healthy boost.

$14

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Best 2009 Green Makeup Line

Cargo Plant Love

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Best 2009 Green Makeup Line
WINNER 2009

Cargo Plant Love

From the cheerful packaging to the trendy colors, this collection-100 percent renewable and greenhouse-gas neutral-is as good for the planet as it is for your complexion.

$10
Best 2008 Inexpensive Powder

CoverGirl Clean Pressed Powder

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Best 2008 Inexpensive Powder
WINNER 2008

CoverGirl Clean Pressed Powder

"Before my clients walk the red carpet, I dust this powder under their eyes to keep their eyeliner from drifting there," says Shiyena, Virginia Madsen's and Carmen Electra's makeup artist in L.A. "It's affordable, and it does the job."

$7
Best 2007 Pressed Powder

MAC Blot

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Best 2007 Pressed Powder
WINNER 2007

MAC Blot

"Honestly, it's the only powder I ever use because it absorbs oil and shine without adding another layer of makeup," says N.Y.C. makeup artist Carmindy of this ultralight, transparent formula.

$21
Best 2006 Loose Powder

Shu Uemura Face Powder

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Best 2006 Loose Powder
WINNER 2006

Shu Uemura Face Powder

This sheer, translucent powder is a staple in countless makeup artists' bags. "It's so finely milled it's like a second skin," says Eric Polito. "The colors-not too gold, not too pink-are amazing." Says L.A. makeup artist Robert Bolanos, "Once you put it on, you can't see any powder." L.A. makeup artist Lydia Milars adds, "It's very silky."

$39
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