Makeup serves multiple purposes; such as enhancing our facial features, increasing our confidence, and helping conceal imperfections on our skin. Along with all these, another important usage of makeup is to cover open pores that would otherwise result in an extremely untidy look.
Pores are an essential component of almost everyone’s facial skin. Yet, they are despised by all of us. Therefore, the use of makeup to cover pores is essential in order to attain the flawless, airbrushed look that we all desire.
Here is the step-by-step process of applying makeup in such a way that it helps conceal large pores:
Prepare your skin
An essential step that is often ignored when considering the use of makeup is hydrating the dry skin. Without proper hydration, no amount of foundation can result in an ideal look as flakes of dead skin and accumulated makeup will just keep falling off. Therefore, the first and foremost step should be the use of a hydrating toner all over your face.
Basically, the toner helps remove any dirt and impurities from the pores, thus cleansing them. It also helps tighten the pores and even out the skin tone.
It is usually a good idea to follow the toning process with the application of a light, non-greasy moisturizer that suits your skin type.
Befriend the primer
Amongst the various products that you will use to complete your makeup look, the one that is absolutely essential for hiding pores is a primer.
After the moisturizer, it is the very next product that you should apply.
Though there are different types of primers available in the market, your best bet would be the one containing silicone. In case you are wondering why, be informed that the secret to silky, smooth skin that many foundations and other makeup products promise is in fact the silicone present in them. Therefore, primers containing this ingredient will be able to fill pores in a much better and smooth manner, thus creating a perfect and even base for the application of foundation.
Since the very purpose of a primer is to disguise pores or make them look smaller in size by filling in the gaps and fine lines, it can said to be the key product amongst makeup to cover pores.
However, to get the ideal results, it is important that the product is used correctly. The recommended method of applying a primer is to place small quantities of the product on your face in the form of multiple dots. Next step would be blending the product into the skin by massaging your face in a circular motion.
Since large pores are usually present in areas such as the cheeks and nose, it is okay to apply the primer as much as possible in those areas, so as to help disguise them.
Buff your foundation
The next step after successfully applying the primer is moving on to use the foundation. However, if you have particularly large pores, one tip would be to use a matte rather than a glossy foundation. Reason being that since the silky foundations glide so smoothly and perfectly onto the skin, they may result in visibility of the pores by perfectly defining outlines of their edges. Therefore, it is better to use a matte foundation when the very purpose of makeup is to disguise the pores.
Let us emphasize once again that only the use of makeup to cover pores is not sufficient to get the desired results. The key is adopting the correct techniques while applying them.
When applying foundation, it is recommended to use a puff or beauty blender rather than a makeup brush so as to get a consistent coverage that will help diminish the visibility of pores. Also, we would advise buffing the foundation on your face in circular motions. This is a technique that will help blur pores, thus making them less obvious.
Use translucent powder
As is the case with any makeup, the look cannot be completed till translucent powder gets to show its magic. Thus, the next step is a quick dab of the powder that helps keep the entire makeup in place. A thin coat of translucent powder is usually enough to prevent the makeup from coming off.
A helpful tip is to use a large, fluffy brush for application of the powder. This will not only make the process quicker but also easier.
Use a matte blusher
Just like the dewy foundation, a shimmery blusher can enhance the visibility of your pores. Therefore, when applying makeup to cover pores, do ensure the use of a matte blush.
We assume that you are aware of the natural blush application technique that involves dabbing the color onto apples of the cheeks and swirling the brush in circular motions.
Eyes and lips
When already making an extensive effort to cover pores, it is better not to experiment a lot with eye makeup and lip color. The best choice under such circumstances would be to stick to basics, example using a bright, red lip color paired with a winged eyeliner.
Lock your makeup with a setting spray
Once your makeup look is complete, “lock” it with the use of a setting spray.
The perfect method of application is to spray the product as if you were trying to write the alphabets “T” and “X” on your face. Basically the purpose of setting spray is to make your makeup last longer without coming off.
Having learned how to use makeup to cover pores, it is important that you are also aware of the fact that pores are not “bad” for your skin. Sure, we all want to appear glamorous when attending parties and events, and for that purpose we have makeup to diminish or disguise the look of pores. However, they serve as outlets for our skin to secrete oils and sweat. Therefore, their importance cannot be denied.