Face the fact of this facial fact -- pore size is permanent. Genetics, sebaceous-gland breadth and acne-related trauma all play a part in your pore problems, and no dermal doctoring can make those pores shrink for good. However, you don't have to feel powerless in the presence of your pores -- put your best face forward and keep pores from looking larger than life with a pore-minimizing makeup plan that smooths out skin imperfections with a shine-free finish.

Step 1

Wash your face with a facial cleanser appropriate for your skin type. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel. For dry skin, select a cream cleanser. For oily skin, select a foaming or gel cleanser.

Step 2

Soak a cotton ball with facial toner appropriate for your skin type. Dab the wet cotton ball on the oily areas of your face -- such as the nose and forehead -- to help remove oils and shrink pore appearance.

Step 3

Apply a small amount of silicone-based makeup primer to a sponge applicator. Smooth the primer all over your face in a thin film. Dip a concealer brush into the primer and dot it into your deep pores to fill them.

Step 4

Press a sponge or brush applicator into your powder-foundation compact. Work the applicator back and forth to coat it with foundation, then press it against your face in a back-and-forth rolling motion to coat your skin.

Step 5

Dip an eyeliner brush into the foundation. Dab it deep into any pores that need more coverage.

Step 6

Work an applicator brush into translucent powder. Dust it over your face in downward, outward strokes to avoid wiping off any foundation.


  • Never use light-reflecting foundation or powder, as any shine will highlight pores.