How to Stop Foundation from Settling in Pores

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Foundation can help you achieve a flawless-looking complexion, but sometimes it can end up doing the opposite by settling into your pores. 

There are several things you can do to prevent your foundation from clogging your pores. However, don't think you're ever going to be able to make your pores magically vanish.

Some people have larger pores than others, which can make makeup application even harder. Preparing your skin is key to creating a smooth canvas for your foundation. You also need to choose the right type of foundation for the best results.

We are going to go over a few good skincare tips and some makeup techniques you can try when applying your foundation. You can keep your foundation on the surface of your skin and not in your pores. 

Proper SkinCare

The first step to a smooth foundation application starts with skincare. If you take care of your skin, you'll have a much easier time creating an even complexion. 

Cleaning Your Face

It would be best if you tried to wash your face on a daily basis. 

When you don't clean your face, your skin tries to clean itself naturally by enlarging your pores to push out dirt and oil. If you wash your face twice a day, you can help keep your pores closed. An easy routine to follow is washing your face in the morning and evening. 

Another hot tip is to rinse your face with cold water, which can prevent your pores from producing excess oil and appearing as larger.

You will always have pores, but making sure your skin is clean can reduce the size.   

Exfoliating Regularly

In addition to washing your face, you can also exfoliate your skin regularly. Exfoliation helps keep pores unclogged by removing the dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. 

If you have oily skin, you can exfoliate at least twice a week, but if you don't, you can get away with it once or twice a week. However, always consult your dermatologist to figure out what your skin needs. You don't want to exfoliate every day because it can lead to dryness, redness, and itchiness.  

When exfoliating, you make small, circular motions using your fingertips to apply a scrub. You can also use an exfoliating toner, which doesn't require scrubbing. 

Moisturize Often

After washing and exfoliating your face, you should be moisturizing your skin. Keeping your skin hydrated is important if you want to maintain your skin's healthy cells. 

Moisturizing your skin helps prevent breakouts. If your skin is too dry, it can cause breakouts and acne. We know that your hair follicles become clogged it can lead to acne. Dry skin means you will have an excess of dead skin cells on your face that can clog your pores. Dry skin can also make your pores enlarge as it tries to get rid of the dead skin cells. It can also trigger the production of more sebum or oil in your skin. The oil can also lead to a breakout or acne. 

Plus, if you start moisturizing when you're young, you will be more likely to have a gorgeous complexion when you're older.

The benefits from this simple step are endless, so remember to moisturize!

Priming Your Face

When your foundation settles into your pores, the pores become much more apparent. An excellent way to stop this from happening is to create a barrier between your skin and your foundation. 

This is where primer comes in. Primer can fill your pores, so your foundation doesn't. It helps reduce the appearance of pores and gives you a smooth finish to apply your makeup to. 

Apply your primer with clean fingers and work it into your pores, so they're completely filled. An oil-free, mattifying primer can help your pores look small all day. Not all primers are created equal so look at the label to make sure it is formulated to minimize pores. 

Primers also have a blurring effect, so they will help you achieve a flawless-looking complexion. They also absorb excess oil, which helps make your large pores appear smaller. 

Applying Your Foundation

Once you are done priming your skin, you are ready for foundation. There are certain things you can do when applying your foundation to help minimize the appearance of your pores. 

Using a mattifying foundation can keep your skin will not draw attention to your pores. Any foundation that has luminous or dewy qualities to them can accentuate your pores or any texture on your skin. A highlighting effect reflects the light and brings the focus to your pores, so that’s definitely something to avoid. 

Hide Premium foundations and concealers have a soft-matte finish that will conceal your pores. 

Reach for a damp makeup sponge to apply your matte foundation so you can gently press the foundation into your skin. If you want to use a brush as well, you can use a dense foundation brush for blending.

Blending your foundation properly can prevent your foundation from settling into your pores. Brushing your foundation over your pores can make them appear larger. It would be best if you tried pressing and buffing your foundation using circular motions. When you press your foundation in with a damp makeup sponge, it can fill in your pores, and buffing will cover them. 

When you are done pressing and blending, blot your skin to remove excess product. Blotting helps decrease shine that could emphasize your pores. By pressing a blotting paper over your face, you can minimize their appearance because it is soaking up any oil on the surface of your skin without removing any makeup. 

How To Shrink Pores

There are several skincare techniques to make your pores smaller so that there's less of a hole for your foundation to settle in.

Let's go over some of those tips and tricks. 

Use Water-Based Products

Skincare products can have various active ingredients, including oils. However, if you have oily skin, you may want to use oil-free products. 

People with oily skin may benefit from using water-based skincare and makeup products. Since oil-based products have petrolatum, coconut oil, and other kinds of oil in them, they may clog your pores. The excess oil also can collect on the skin and make pores look larger.

HIDE Premium Foundation is water-based and won't emphasize your pores. 

Use A Retinol

One of the best products you can use to shrink the appearance of your skin is retinol. 

Retinol helps to clear clogged oil and dead skin cells making pores appear smaller. Retinol can also increase your skin's collagen production and slows its oil production. With less oil and more collagen, you can see smoother skin and have fewer breakouts and smaller pores.

Use A Clay Mask

You can also use a clay mask to help remove oil from your pores. Clay can absorb sebum sitting in your pores, making them less visible. 

Look Into A Chemical Peel

If you're serious about reducing your pores' appearance, you can think about a chemical peel. 

Professional peels can give you more dramatic results that can re-texturize your skin. However, it would be best if you didn't try to give yourself a chemical peel. Leave peels to a licensed skin professional. They can look at your skin and determine what will work best. 

Look Into Microneedling

Another professional treatment you can consider is microneedling

Microneedling is a process of putting micro-wounds on the surface of the skin. The wounds are minor and superficial, so they don't cause any permanent damage, but they activate your skin's natural healing response. When the skin is healing, your collagen production increases, which can fill in any scars and reduce the appearance of big pores. 

Look Into Lasers

If you have deep scars and pores getting a laser treatment might be for you. Similar to microneedling, lasers create small holes in the skin and can resurface acne scars and uneven pores.

Some lasers can reach the deepest layers of your skin, resulting in a plumper, smoother-looking complexion.

There are countless skin treatments that you can do at home or with a skin professional to help shrink your pores. If you can reduce the appearance of your pores, your makeup will go on even smoother. 

In Summary

While you can never get rid of your pores, there are several things you can try to diminish their appearance. 

The first step is a great skincare routine. When you wash, exfoliate, and hydrate your skin, you create a perfect canvas to apply your foundation. Several professional treatments can also help minimize the appearance of your pores. You can look into microneedling, chemical peels, and lasers that may be beneficial if you have enlarged pores or other imperfections. 

Press your foundation into your skin with a damp makeup sponge and blend it out without rubbing or swiping it across your face. 

Also, consider using water-based products that won't clog your pores, like HIDE Premium Foundation, for all of your skincare and makeup.



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