Veronica Jones Aug 3, 2011

Do you ever look in the mirror and think, "Dang! My pores are huuuuuge"? Well, you're not alone. Dermatologists have told us (22 times over!) that enlarged pores is one of the biggest complaints women make during visits.

If you want to know how to hide pores, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for simple ways to visibly shrink pores and smooth out your least for a few hours.

#1 Keep your face clean

Pores look larger and more noticeably when they’re clogged with dirt and oil. The grit and grime can actually stretch them out. Use a cleanser that contains between 0.5 and 2 percent salicylic acid, and leave on for a minute to let the active ingredients get to work before washing it off.

Other ingredients like glycolic acid and lactic acid work well to keep pores rid of debris and dirt. This will help minimize their appearance.

Try: Kiehl's Photo-Age Deep-Action Exfoliating Cleanser, and be amazed by how smooth and soft your skin looks afterwards. It's crazy!

#2 Exfoliate

Getting rid of those pore-clogging dead skin cells can take only two minutes—and feel like an at-home facial. After a shower, gently use an electric brush, like a Clarisonic, to deep-clean areas where pores are more noticeable, like around the nose and on the chin.

Exfoliation is key in learning how to hide pores. The most important thing you can do if you have large pores is to make sure all dead skin cells and debris get sloughed away regularly.

#3 Use a primer underneath makeup

Think of it like spackle for your skin: fill in the holes of large pores so the surface looks even and smooth with a primer; many professional makeup artists live and die by Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Targeted Pore and Line Primer to prep actresses' skin before going on high-def TV. Primer is great at blurring those pores so your makeup looks seamless.

#4 Or use one on top

Didn’t think you needed a primer, but your foundation’s on perfectly and now you’re noticing you can still see your pores? Try Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional—unlike most primers, which work only underneath foundation—this works on top to make skin feel and look super silky. It’s a pressed powder that not only sets your makeup so it won’t budge throughout the day, it also minimizes the appearance of pores.

#5 Upgrade your nose strips

Those white strips that dry like paper mache definitely work—you'll be fascinated (and repulsed) by all of the tiny plugs that come off your pores and stick to the sheet when you pull it off.

But Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips are even better than the traditional kind, since they contain charcoal, which draws out even more impurities, and witch hazel, which temporarily tightens pores.

#6 Long term treat

The best thing you can do to make pores look better in the long-run is to incorporate retinol and exfoliating acids into your night regimen. They help clear skin, getting the gunk out of your pores so they're not stretched out and dark with debris.

Look for glycolic acid and lactic acid. You can even use a retinol at night and one of the acids in the morning for maximum benefit. It’s how to hide pores 101.

#7 Use a long-lasting concealer

No one wants to leave the house with her pores expertly concealed—and then find it’s melted off after a hot ride on the subway just in time for a meeting (confession: it's happened to us...more than once).

Make sure you choose a longlasting concealer when applying makeup.

Try: L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Concealer, it's got great coverage that lasts for 16 hours.

What's your personal pore-shrinking secret?



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