Hydrating Powders: Your Skin's Coolest New Outerwear

Ah, the warm-weather conundrum: To moisturize or not to moisturize? On one hand, wearing moisturizer in sticky, humid weather can make your face feel like it's suffocating. On the other hand, you don't want your skin to be under-nourished — or end up totally dried out as soon as you step foot into the AC.

It's a tricky scenario, for sure, which is why we were so psyched to see that hydrating powders are back and better than ever. It may sound like an oxymoron, but more and more companies are creating finishing powders and powder foundations that are infused with hydrating ingredients such as marine minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and hyaluronic acid. Meaning: Your skin will be even and smooth, but never cakey or overly matte. This is otherwise known as the elusive middle ground between summer glow and hot, sweaty mess.

Whether you prefer loose or pressed, tinted or translucent, there's a hydrating powder out there that's sure to make your skin happy this summer. Use them to set your makeup, or sweep them on as a midday refresh — either way, these super-smart primpers have got your back (er, face).

Chantecaille Hi Definition Perfecting Powder, $72.00 Buy
Youngblood Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder, $40.00 Buy
Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, $22.00 Buy
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder, $45.00 Buy
Almay Line Smoothing Pressed Powder, $13.49 Buy
Marc Jacobs Beauty Perfection Powder Featherweight Foundation, $46.00 Buy
Sue Devitt Hydrating Marine Minerals Loose Powder, $16, available at Barneys New York.
Koh Gen Doh Maifanshi Face Powder, $42, available at Barneys New York.
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