Matteo Valle

Makeup Mistakes That Make Your Pores Look Huge

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There’s nothing worse than spending an hour on your makeup, then looking in the mirror and seeing nothing but your giant pores staring back at you. If this sounds familiar, chances are you’re applying your products the wrong way. Here, get our tips for solving this common complexion predicament using products you probably already own. You’ll thank us when that selfie doesn’t even need a filter.

ImaxTree

What Pores?

Apply A Pore Minimizer The Right Way

If you struggle with large pores, chances are you've already invested in a minimizing primer. But if you're just swiping the product onto your face, you're doing it wrong. Instead, press it into your skin to really fill them in and ensure a smooth canvas.

Eyeshadow Primer Potion Original

$20

Urban Decay

Use Eye Shadow Primer On Your Face

Eye shadow primers are meant to battle creases, but (surprise!) they're also a heavy-duty option to fill pores. This step is optional, but if you feel like you need extra coverage, add a layer and press it in.

Apply Your Foundation With A Brush

If pores are your main concern, swap your makeup sponge for a dense brush. Use a circular motion to buff liquid foundation into the skin.

POREfection Foundation

$36

LORAC

Expert Face Brush

$9

Real Techniques

Face Powder In Jar

$42

Koh Gen Do

Apply A Setting Powder With A Puff

Finish with a translucent powder. Instead of a fluffy brush, use a powder puff to press it into the skin. This creates a blurring effect to completely hide all traces of pores.