I Have Large Pores and This Viral TikTok Makeup Hack Blurred Them Into Oblivion

May 21, 2020
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
As a beauty editor and overall makeup lover, I’ve heard and tried a lot of makeup hacks. Some of my favorites are mixing your foundation with a liquid highlighter for a dewy, lit-from-within-glow and using a clean, fluffy eyeshadow brush to buff out any mascara that transfers onto your completed eyeshadow look. While scrolling through TikTok, my newest obsession for all things beauty (and fun dance challenges, of course), I stumbled upon this viral makeup hack courtesy of jaridamat. While most people begin their makeup routine using a primer and end with a setting powder, this hack suggests completely changing the way you layer your makeup for a poreless-looking complexion. But does it actually work? Well, I decided to find out. Find out my honest thoughts, ahead.

The TikTok Makeup Hack

STEP 1: Moisturize Your Face 

Any good makeup look starts with a moisturized complexion. To begin, I applied the M-61 Vitablast C 20% Cream, which I’ve been loving lately for its rich but lightweight texture that hydrates my dry skin while giving me a radiant glow. 

STEP 2: Set Your Face Using a Translucent Powder 

Now, this is where (I thought) things began to get a little strange. After you’ve applied your moisturizer, set it in place with a translucent setting powder. I dusted the Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Fix Setting Powder all over my face with a large fluffy brush. 

STEP 3: Spray a Setting Spray 

Once you’ve essentially set your moisturizer with powder, you’re going to douse your face in setting spray. One of my all time favorites is the Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Spray for its ability to keep my makeup in place all day long while offering a dewy complexion, so that’s what I used for this step. 

STEP 4: Once the Setting Spray Dries, Apply Primer 

Once the setting spray is fully dry, it’s finally time to apply your face primer. I used the Tula Brighten Up Smoothing Primer Gel

STEP 5: Apply Your Makeup As Usual 

Then, it’s time to finish your makeup. To test this hack, I followed up with the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 and Dermablend Cover Care Concealer for my base. Next, I used the Tower 28 Bronzino Illuminating Bronzer in West Coast and Maybelline New York Cheek Heat, which are both creamy formulas that offer a beautiful touch of color to your complexion. 

My Final Thoughts


I will say this hack seriously blurred the look of my pores. I have very large pores on my nose, which are the bane of my makeup-loving existence. I usually struggle with makeup accentuating them no matter what pore-minimizing primer I use. But for the first time ever when I applied my foundation, my nose looked airbrushed. I was obsessed and seriously surprised. That being said, despite not adding any more products into my routine, my makeup felt heavy and a little cakey. Bare in mind, though, I’m someone who loves lightweight, fresh-faced makeup — hence all those cream makeup products. After wearing it all day, the natural oils on my face started to shine through, which I actually really liked because my pores still looked blurred, but it felt a little less heavy and looked more dewy.

I think this hack is great if you’re someone who likes a full-coverage look or if you have a big event where you need your makeup to last. It held up very nicely throughout the work day. Will I be using this hack on a daily basis? Maybe not. But I am going to experiment with different moisturizers, setting sprays, powders and foundation. I’m intrigued to see if I can customize this hack to suit my needs while still covering the large pores around my nose. 

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