I recently did a video where I tested a few ways to reduce the look of visible pores. I thought I would do a quick post on the products I mentioned and my tips and tricks.
Firstly, a few skincare tips I have for people who are looking at diminishing the look of pores over time. Start using an exfoliant regularly and a great option is a chemical exfoliant like the Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. These types of exfoliants are used like a toner and they gently exfoliate the skin, unclog pores and improve skin texture without any abrasive scrubbing. If you have large clogged pores around your nose you should definitely start looking at using pore strips every week or couple of weeks. My two favourites are the Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips and the Formula 10.0.6 Down To The Pore Blackhead Banishing Pore Strips. Finally there are some great masks on the market that are designed to clear out pores and a really affordable one is the Mario Badescu Silver Powder ($17 at Mecca). This Silver Powder claims to deliver a noticeable result in one application... I personally didn't see that, but if you have quite congested pores you might notice a visible difference straight away.
Then onto some makeup tips for reducing the look of pores. Firstly using a pore filling primer is a great first step. I love are the Benefit PoreFessional Primer which is great if you have slightly visible pores as it is does a pretty good job at filing them in to create an even base for your foundation. However if you have certain areas of concern then I HIGHLY recommend the Innoxa Skin Perfect Pore Vanishing Cream which is an oil free primer that mattifies the skin, reduces redness and fills in pores like nothing else! I wouldn't recommend applying this to the whole face, but instead just applying it to the main areas of concern.
Onto the base. Firstly the way you apply your foundation can definitely emphasise or hide pores. Instead of brushing on your foundation with a flat foundation brush, which can skip over pores and emphasise them and disrupt your primer, I would instead recommend using a damp sponge to pat on the foundation, which will also help keep any pore filling primers in place. I love the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for applying my foundation.
There are also some products on the market designed to diffuse light and minimise the look of pores and fine lines. Firstly is the Hylamide Booster Series Photography Foundation is designed to be a product that you wear under your foundation, over your foundation, mixed with your foundation or on it's own to add a light diffusing quality to your skin. I personally haven't notice a difference when using this but I might test it soon with flash photography. This comes in translucent and golden tan (which is what I have). One product that does give very visible light diffusing results is the NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder (my shade is Desert). This powder is amazing and if you see it in store I highly recommend applying some to the back of your hand to see how it instantly blurs the fine lines on your skin. If you have applied your base and you have noticed that it is looking too powdery or the power is caking around your pores, give you skin a quick spritz with the MAC Prep + Prime Fix + to bring your skin back to a natural finish.
Lastly shimmery products really emphasise pores. I am all for a strong highlighter but often all the good work at minimising pores comes undone when you apply a highlighter or a shimmery blush. My quick tips are to keep your highlighter at the very tops of your cheek bones and not bring it down to the apples of your cheeks, use a cream or liquid highlighter if power highlighters are too harsh, and learn which highlighters are the worst offenders are emphasing skin texture - I find the texture of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed makes my skin look bumpy and lumpy whereas other similar highlighters like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators gives a similar effect without emphasing the skin texture. If you are concerned about the pores of your cheeks then stick to a matte blush over a shimmery blush.
|left - not using pore reducing tips|
right - using pore reducing tips
Those are some of my basic tips on reducing the look of pores. If you have any other great suggestions then leave them in the comments!