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You always suggest yellow-based face powder, but how do i know which one to buy when I’m in the store?


The best way is to brush a swathe onto your cheeks. Any powder that blends seamlessly into your skin is yellow-based. The last thing you want is for powder—which provides a smooth finish and holds your concealer and foundation in place—to be noticeable. When it is, skin looks pasty and ashy. If you can’t give powder a test run, compare a few shades in the store to determine which has more yellow than blue or red. Try 1) Benefit Bluff Dust ($42; 02-8353 5000), 2) Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder ($65; 1800 061 326) or 3) L’Oréal Paris True Match Pressed Powder ($29.95; 1300 659 259).

By Bobbi Brown, celebrity make-up artist, CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and the author of five beauty books.

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