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        Best Powder Foundation 2016

        Chanel Powder Foundation

        Best Powder Foundation 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        Chanel Powder Foundation

        Does opening up a compact to apply powder foundation feel a bit old-school? This one can help you conquer your fear of caking. “Powders get a bad rap, but this formula really blends into skin,” says Grayson, who also loves Chanel’s lineup of 14 shades. Use one over the T-zone to dial down shine, or as a midday touch-up over liquid foundation, says N.Y.C. makeup artist Megan Lanoux.

        $55
        Best Translucent Powder 2016

        Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

        Best Translucent Powder 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

        Like the thought of putting your foundation on lockdown but don’t want to risk pancake face? This microfine powder is for you. It does the job without settling into lines or turning skin ashy, adding just the slightest hint of warmth. It’s so “invisible,” you can use it just in spots where foundation tends to slip, like around the nose, says Louer, who applies it with a velour puff.

        $38
        Best Mineral Powder 2016

        MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder

        Best Mineral Powder 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder

        If you’d no sooner powder than loofah your dry, sensitive skin, consider this your (dry) hero. With natural and hydrating ingredients packed into a mystifyingly creamy consistency, the compact “gives great coverage but never looks cakey,” says Bass—who generally skips powders altogether. For Ciara and Jennifer Hudson, makeupa artist Yolonda Frederick likes how the formula feels “lightweight, yet creates a smooth, poreless finish.”

        $32
        Best Powder 2015

        Laura Mercier

        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 Powder

        Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

        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
        Best 2014 Mineral Foundation

        Bare Minerals

        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
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2010

        Revlon Color Stay Mineral Finishing Powder

        Editor’s Pick
        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

        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

        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

        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

        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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