The size of your pores is determined by genetics. While there is nothing you can do to shrink large pores, you can minimize their appearance. Using the best natural finish foundation helps you smooth over large pores, leaving your skin flawless.

Tips

Before foundation, apply a silicone-based primer. This helps fill the pores and smooth out the surface of the skin, and it ensures the foundation will go on evenly. Try Benefit’s The PoreFessional primer.

Liquid and powder foundation both work to camouflage pores, so you can shop for your personal skin type and preference. When searching for a pore-minimizing foundation, look for products that advertise a “natural,” “silky,” “satin,” “flawless” or “HD” finish.

  • If you are looking for a liquid foundation, consider Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation, which has great coverage, blends easily and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. Stippling and buffing this into the skin with a flat top brush provides flawless and airbrushed coverage.
  • If you prefer a powder foundation, give Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation a try. This talc-free, moisture-rich powder will never make you look overly powdered. Buffing this into the skin with a kabuki brush will give you that airbrushed look the name suggests.

When looking for a foundation to conceal large pores, avoid “illuminating” and “dewy” formulas. You also want to avoid foundations with a matte finish. Dewy foundations emphasize pores and matte foundations tend to settle into pores.

Using makeup only addresses part of the problem of having large pores. Being mindful with your skincare routine will make a huge difference.

Keeping your skin clean and exfoliated will not minimize large pores, but it will keep them unclogged. All skin types can benefit from exfoliating once a week with a scrub, and applying an alpha hydroxy acid — AHA — serum to speed up cell turnover. And remember, always wash your makeup off at night.