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Makeup Secrets for Enlarged Pores

Use Primer

A painter wouldn't dream of putting new paint on a house without brushing on a coat of primer first. Doesn't your skin deserve the same consideration? Pick up a makeup primer at any makeup counter or beauty supply store and hurry home to try it out. Start with a clean face, then spread the primer all over your skin using your fingertips. The primer will create a veil-like coating over your skin so that your foundation doesn't sink down into pores, making them look bigger than they are.

Choose Mineral Foundation

Lightweight mineral makeup is something you should use if you suffer from super big facial pores. Heavy liquid foundation can sink into your pores and make them more noticeable. Choose a light mineral powder foundation and brush it on with a foundation brush, rather than a sponge, to keep your look light and minimize your pores.

Pick the Right Concealer

If you have big pores, you're probably more prone to breakouts. Sadly, it's a fact of life that pores that get clogged with oil cause blackheads and pimples. If you need to cover up a bump with a bit of concealer, find a concealer that contains salicylic acid -- a powerful acne-fighting antioxidant that will keep dead skin cells from clogging up your enlarged pores and causing more breakouts.

Things to Avoid

Magnifying makeup mirrors are dangerous things. They can make your pores look bigger than they are, causing you to obsess over your situation. Flip your mirror to its normal setting and keep it there. No one else is looking at your face through a magnifying glass, and neither should you. Likewise, stay away from makeup that bills itself as "light-reflecting." While it's good for combating dark circles, light-reflecting makeup can draw attention to your pores and make them look deep even when they're not.

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