7 Tricks to Make Your Pores Look Smaller

We tend to have a love/hate relationship with makeup mirrors. They are great for applying makeup in detail however, they also remind us of what our ‘details’ look like magnified! Our pores are what we notice the most – especially when up close it seems as though they would be great for cavemen to hide out in – gross! So, let’s avoid this altogether with these 7 tips to make your pores look smaller…

#1 Wash Your Face – duh!

Pores look larger and more noticeable when they’re clogged with dirt and oil. The grit and grime can actually stretch them out. Use a cleanser that contains between 0.5 and 2 percent salicylic acid, and leave on for a minute to let the active ingredients get to work before washing it off.

#2 Exfoliate

Dead skin cells prohibit your pores to breath – another clogging agent. Take two minutes to exfolite your skin and make sure you deep clean areas where pores are more noticeable, like around the nose and on the chin.

#3 Use a primer underneath makeup

Celebrity makeup artists everywhere stress the importance of priming. Makeup primers are crucial at keeping oil at bay while filling in fine lines and providing a smooth canvas for your foundation to stick to. Remember to apply after your moisturize!

#4 Or use one on top

Didi you skip the primer because your foundation is on perfectly and now you’re noticing you can still see your pores? Try Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional—unlike most primers, which work only underneath foundation—this works on top to make skin feel and look super silky.

#5 Upgrade your nose strips

Those white strips definitely work but step it up a noych to really pull out those gross little pore-clogging daggers. Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips are even better than the traditional kind, since they contain charcoal, which draws out even more impurities, and witch hazel, which temporarily tightens pores.

#6 Long term treat

For lasting long-term care, incorporate retinol and exfoliating acids into your night regimen. They help clear skin, getting the gunk out of your pores so they’re not stretched out and dark with debris.

#7 Use a long-lasting concealer

Make sure you test the consistency of concealers. Some tend to melt off within a few hours and we don’t want that! A good concealer plus implementing all these pore shrinking tips and you’ll be on your way to Pore-fection!


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