The Best Loose Face Powder That Prevents Acne and Looks Natural

Apply loose face powder with a large fluffy brush for light coverage.

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If you suffer from oily skin and/or acne, you know how hard it is to find a powder that goes on natural and doesn’t look like you have a cake on your face. Go for a loose face powder that is designed to prevent acne and soak up the greasies from your T-zone -- you know, that troubling forehead, nose and chin. You’ll be ready to show off your sexy, clear skin in no time!

Best For Dark Skin Tones: Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Powder

Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Powder is an award-winning loose face powder that is designed specifically for darker complexions. “Allure” named it a Best of Beauty award winner because of its "mattifiying" powers, and the fact that it blends in beautifully with dark skin tones. The powder is hypoallergenic, so even sensitive skin types can wear it without fear of pain of suffering. The end result is beautifully, matte-looking skin.

Best Budget Brand: Almay Nearly Naked Loose Powder

This drugstore loose face powder, Almay Nearly Naked Loose Powder, was ranked by beauty expert and author Paula Begoun as one of the best powder foundations available from the drugstore if you have oily skin. The loose powder soaks up excess oil all over the face, so that you are left with a natural-looking, grease-free finish. The only downside is that this powder is only available in three different shades, so it may be tough to find the perfect shade to complement your glorious mug.

Best Department Store Brand: Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Makeup

This mineral powder makeup won an “Allure” Best of Beauty award in 2011. Estee Lauder's mineral loose powder creates a natural, soft-focus look, according to the leading women’s magazine. It feels as if you are wearing nothing at all, which is very much like any other mineral makeup. What sets this one apart is that it lasts even in the most humid of summer months, giving you girls in steamy climates a cause for celebration! Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Makeup also gives you customized coverage – lighter coverage is achieved by using a fluffy powder brush, and more coverage can be achieved by using the accompanying powder puff -- great for creating a more sophisticated look after work for your hot date.

Best Overall: Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Original SPF 15 Foundation

Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Original SPF 15 Foundation has been given a variety of awards thanks to its minimal and all-natural ingredient list. Ingredients include light diffusing mica, which creates a natural glow, and a talc-free and oil-free powder that helps to soak up excess oil while preventing breakouts with its non-comedogenic formula. Dust some onto your face with a fluffy powder brush for light coverage, or use a kabuki brush for more coverage. Either way, your glorious face is also protected from damage by the sun's killer rays.

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