Open pores may be common, but few pay attention to them while applying makeup. If left unattended, it can lead to acne and blackheads. Exfoliation is one of the ways to avoid unnecessary breakouts as it gets rid of dirt clogged in the pores. And with the right makeup application, you can minimise the appearance of the pores.
We give you the step by step breakdown…
-Kanika Bajaj, Makeup Expert and Trainer
Step 1: Prep the Skin
First, wash the face with cold water or apply ice all over the face. This helps minimise the pores and control excessive oil in the skin.
Step 2: Moisturise it Well
Use a non-comedogenic moisturiser to hydrate the skin (Cetaphil is a good option which is fairly priced). This ensures the skin is hydrated yet not clogged at the same time.
Step 3: Prime the Face
Use a mattifying primer or pore minimising primer. Opt for one that contains silicone, which helps in blurring the imperfections on the skin. Priming is a very effective step, try not to skip it. It will create a layer between the makeup and the pores of your skin. Pat the primer on to the skin instead of rubbing it.
Step 4: All set for the base
While selecting the foundation, opt for a matte one and avoid those with shimmer particles in them. The shimmer will highlight the pores instead of hiding them. Another vital part of the foundation is the application technique. Use a wet sponge instead of a brush and press the foundation onto the skin as this helps in minimising the appearance of the pores. If you don’t have a sponge, press the brush on the skin and then buff it. Remember to buff the foundation as it will fill the pores.
Step 5: Powder the foundation
Powder the face with loose powder and pat it onto the skin. Avoid using pressed powders or compacts as they will appear cakey and make the pores appear larger.
Remember to remove the makeup afterwards and cleanse well for a healthy and glowing skin.