Having large pores makes for a difficult situation. Makeup tends to settle into the small craters, drawing attention to parts you’d rather conceal. It’s not uncommon for people to have a bit of texture, but pore-filling primers can help counteract what is usually too obvious.
Of course, the best way to deal with pores is to have good skincare practices in place, and minimise them through chemical exfoliation, but makeup can help too. Pore-filling primers typically have a thicker consistency, and this helps create a smooth base atop your problem areas. Some of these primers come with oil control properties, so avoid using on areas where you have drier patches, as that can further dehydrate the skin. Use a small amount over the areas where you need it most. Avoid applying too much as it can ball up under your makeup.
Here are some of the best pore-filling primers to try.
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Becca’s Ever Matte primer is a godsend for anyone with oilier skin. It does help diminish the appearance of larger pores, but try to avoid swiping it across your skin as that causes it to clump. Instead, rub the primer between your fingers until it turns clear, and press or pat it on. It’s an extra step, but the results are worth it.
Benefit’s Porefessional remains one of the most popular primers on the market for good reason. It doesn’t just disguise pores, but fine lines as well. This is probably best suited for those with normal to drier skin, as its oil control wears off after four to six hours.
Another popular one is Make Up For Ever’s Smoothing primer. Its lotion-like consistency doesn’t make it any less effective. Best suited for those who have combination or oilier skin, this primer blurs out pores, fine lines, and keeps your skin looking naturally matte all day. It does contain fragrance though, so it might not be best for those with very sensitive skin.
This gel-like primer doubles up as a skincare product, claiming to help tone the skin. Made with mushroom extract and hyaluronic acid, this works to reduce visible pores while giving you a smooth base for foundation. Those with dry skin or acne will definitely enjoy how hydrating this primer is.
If you hate having to touch up your makeup throughout the day, then this is the primer for you. Smasbox’s revamped Photo Finish Primer line now caters to various skin needs, and its Pore Minimizing version is the heavy duty answer to blurring all your blemishes. It keeps oil at bay for six to eight hours, depending on your skin type, so you won’t have to constantly powder your shinier patches to look matte all day.