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10 Easy Tricks To Conceal Open Pores

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Are large open pores ruining your looks? If it makes you feel any better, you’re not alone.  Open pores - often located right in the middle of your face, around your nose, cheeks and chin – are a bane for many. While they may start out as just barely visible, age, skin damage, genetics and excess sebum production make sure they only get larger. Well, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad news first. You can’t get rid of your pores. The good news; you can make them look like they’ve disappeared. All you need is a fab skincare regime and some handy makeup techniques.

Here’s how to put an end to your open pores problem once and for all:

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Keep Your Face Clean

The science is simple – clogged pores look larger. Wash your face twice a day with a Salicylic Acid-based cleanser to get rid of the oil, dust and debris. Alternatively, a facewash with Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid like the O3+ Glycolic Acid 10 % Face Wash will work wonders in cleansing your skin and minimizing your pores.
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Exfoliate Just Right

The most important thing you can do when you have large pores is make sure the dead cells and debris that accumulate in your pores get sloughed off regularly. The answer? Exfoliation. But remember not to overdo it or you’re going to have both open pores AND massive inflammation. Who wants that, right! Use the Inatur Charcoal Face Scrub not more than twice a week for smaller pores and happier skin.
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Mask On, Mask Off

Fact: You can’t ever have too many masks. Fact: There’s nothing more relaxing than masking. Fact: Not only do these masks help your skin, but they also make for some great #SundayFunday activities. Two pore masks we’re absolutely in love with are The Face Shop - The Solution Pore Care Face Mask and the DearPacker Lab Collection Mask - Anti-Blemish & Pore Care.
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Moisturizing Is Key

Amp up your skincare routine with moisturizers that contain ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid to deal with your large pores. Try the L'Oreal Paris Hydrafresh Anti-Shine Icy Gel by day and by night you might want to add a cream that is flush with Retinol. A Vitamin A derivative, Retinol aids collagen production which visibly reduces large pores. The L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Night Cream is our tried and tested fave!
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Don’t Forget Your SPF

The golden rule: Sunscreen is your skin saviour no matter the time of the year. Sun damage makes your pores look larger. Uh-oh! Remember to keep a sunscreen (with SPF 30+) handy. You can try the Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+ or the Bioderma Photoderm Spot SPF 50+ to keep the sun and your pore problem at bay.
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Use A Primer

It’s really all about that base. Start off your makeup routine with a primer that helps to fill in your pores leaving your skin looking (and feeling) super smooth. We swear by the Wet n Wild Cover All Face Primer - Partners In Prime. With White Sapphire as its miracle ingredient, this primer works wonders in minimizing the appearance of pores, so your complexion looks crystal clear. Magic in a bottle!
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Befriend The Matte Foundation

Let all your luminous makeup take a backseat ‘coz all it’s going to do is draw attention to your pores. Oh, hell no! It’s time to say hello to your new BFF – a matte foundation that won’t reflect light so your problem areas (read large pores) can be happily ignored. Which is why we never go anywhere without our trusty Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation.
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Blend And Buff

Bye-bye makeup brushes, hey there blender. Brushes can leave behind brush strokes that enhance your already large pores. That’s why blenders come to the rescue. Use the Nykaa BlendMaster All-rounder Makeup Blender Sponge to dab and then roll your foundation on to your skin to blend it in. Ta-da! You’re left with no visible pores and seamless coverage.
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Follow Up With A Powder

All you need now is a loose and translucent setting powder like the L.A Girl HD Pro Setting Powder. It sets your foundation perfectly, mattifies your skin and gives you the flawless finish you crave.
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Matte Blush, Setting Spray, Done!

Shimmery blushes enhance pores just like illuminating foundations do. Get that natural flush with a matte blush like the NELF USA Cheer Up Baked Blusher - Natural Matte or the Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color which works as a 2-in-1. Score! Am I right? Spritz on NYX Professional Makeup Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish to set your makeup. And voila! You’re ready to go with your pores successfully concealed for the day.
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