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You like swimming pools as much as the next girl, but when a pore that looks like one is on your face, all bets are off. Deep or enlarged pores can appear for several reasons, ranging from genetics (thanks, Mom and Dad) to your age to pores that become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. If you have a deep pore on your face, it will look large, rounded and dark and will keep your skin from being the flawless canvas you were hoping to create. Don’t live with your deep pore -- cover it up using some special makeup techniques that make it a thing of the past.
Wash your face with a face wash that contains vitamin C, which can help to clear your pores of the leftover oil, dirt and dead skin cells. If you prefer another face wash option, you can use a moisturizer that contains vitamin C instead. This provides the smoothest canvas for you to apply your makeup to hide your deep pore.
Apply a primer to your face on the key areas you need your makeup to stay on, including your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin (don’t forget that place where your deep pore is, too). This primer acts like glue that holds makeup onto your skin and acts like the spackle that can fill in enlarged pores.
Apply a cream or cream-to-powder foundation over your skin. These foundation types will help to conceal your large pores without sinking into them and making them look worse. Apply at least one layer. Wait a few minutes, and if you aren’t getting the coverage you need, you can apply an additional layer to cover your pores.
Dip a large powder brush into loose powder (it can be translucent or colored) and apply it to your skin. The loose powder helps to create an even, smooth canvas to make your enlarged pores disappear. Added bonus -- your skin will look more even in tone.
If you still aren’t getting the pore-covering results you were hoping for, try this approach from Cristina Bartolucci, a makeup artist and founder of DuWop, who was interviewed in “Allure” magazine: apply a light dusting of loose powder before you apply your vitamin C-containing moisturizer. This can act like the first step to cover up your enlarged pores.
Stay away from liquid foundations if you can -- liquid foundations are more likely to accentuate your pores.