How to make your pores disappear using makeup

If you’re an oily-skinned girl like me, chances are you’ve spent a fair amount of time wondering how to make your pores look smaller.

Pore size is definitely one of those things that you notice more on yourself than on other people — and there’s no way to actually shrink your pores. But you can make them appear smaller through skincare and makeup. Oh, and also laser treatments, but those are pretty pricey. We’ll save the big guns for when we’re in our 40s.

So we talked to Dana Persico, a beauty expert who regularly designs runway looks, about how to make our skin look smooth af using makeup.

Her first tip is to clean your skin using a gel-based cleanser. Pretty much any basic face soap fits the bill for this, but we’ve always been into Clinique’s most basic liquid soap.

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Next, she says to apply a serum with hyaluronic acid to moisturize and minimize the appearance of pores. This will give you a smooth, perfect palette for makeup application. We just got our hands on Youth to the People’s Superfood Age Prevention Serum with kale and hyaluronic acid, and y’all — it is GOOD. The important thing, though, is to look for any serum with hyaluronic acid.

Okay, makeup time. Choose a matte foundation — that means no sparkles or luminosity — and apply in a tapping motion.

Dana told us you should never apply makeup in a rubbing or pressing motion.

“Rubbing can cause makeup to cake, streak and even break up,” she said. “Tapping will help makeup and even concealer to appear as though it was airbrushed on and look flawless.”

Egg-shaped beauty blenders are ideal for this.

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Another crucial ingredient is a setting powder. This will give you a smoother appearance and fill in gaps to decrease the appearance of pores.

And last but not least, apply a setting spray. Dana recommends MAC Setting Spray FIX+ to lock in your perfectly applied makeup. Similarly, we’ve been obsessed with Urban Decay’s De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray.


If you are truly psycho like me and feel a need to touch up your pores throughout the day, Dana says NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick can be used for all-over coverage or touch-ups on the go.

Now go forth and stunt with your superhuman cyborg skin!

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