Large pores aren’t cute and as someone who has been trying to conceal them all my life, I should know. They’ve always been a huge concern of mine, but not anymore – I’ve found some brilliant beauty bits to help minimize their appearance. If you fancy making your pores no-where-to-be-seen, I definitely recommend starting off from your skincare routine and not purely relaying on makeup. My partner in crime when it comes to shrinking those bad boys is definitely the Clarins Blue Orchid Treatment Face Oil (here). Three drops of this gem, applied all over my face and neck in the evening twice a week are more than enough to keep my pores nice and tiny. The oil hydrates the deeper layers of the skin like there is no tomorrow and makes the skin so soft and smooth as well. It also helps even out the skin tone and battles acne scars. Miracle in a bottle.
For some under-the-makeup skincare action I always opt for my trusty La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo corrective cream (here). I swear by this when it comes to keeping my skin clean and acne-free but I find that it definitely kills two birds in one stone, as it not only purifies my pores but also makes them less visible. It shrinks them really nicely and I can see instant results, which is always good. The cream wears really well under foundation so it is the perfect prepping step. Effaclar Duo (or Duo +) also reduces the appearance of imperfections and calms down the skin. There were times when this completely saved my skin, so it holds a very special place in my heart but if you need something to help with large pores - look this way.
Now when it comes to minimizing your pores with makeup I have two things to say – choose the right primer and the right powder. These two in conjunction could camouflage the largest of pores in no time. For primer, the two I adore are the Benefit POREfessional (here) and Too Faced Primed & Poreless (here). These are hands down the best face primers I’ve found and no matter which one you go for you wouldn’t be disappointed. They are very similar and virtually do exactly the same thing – minimize the appearance of pores and create the perfect foundation base. These two literally make my pores (and fine lines) disappear and make my skin so smooth and soft as well. Lovely.
Last but not least, the product that completely owns my heart on the pore-fighting field is the incredible Too Faced Primed & Poreless Powder (here). This beauty could be used both as primer and powder, which as weird as it sounds really does work. Pop this double-duty gem underneath your foundation and it will create an even and soft canvas with pores nowhere in sight. Since this could be a bit drying for me (if you have oilier skin it would work wonders), I tend to sweep the powder all over my foundation and the results are fantastic! No pores, no fine lines, no powdery cake-y face – excellent! Full review here.
Have you tried any of these products before? Any of them taking your fancy?