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Question numero tres (fancy huh?) comes from Charmaine who is looking for pore minimizing recommendations.

The first thing I must do when speaking about pores is to quote the Skincare Boss, Caroline Hirons:
"You are obsessed with your pores. They do not open and close like doors. You say they are HUGE - then send me a picture and I can SEE NOTHING. We CANNOT see your pores. The only person that can see your pores close-up is your ophthalmologist - or your boyfriend. Your ophthalmologist is looking at your eyes. Not your pores. And if your boyfriend is thisclosetoyou and notices your pores? He's gay. Or not attracted to you. Or at best, rude. Rethink the entire relationship"[1] She's hilarious and very knowledgeable; check out her YouTube channel. She warns us about the treachery of marketing jargon; beware of any product that claims it "shrinks pores". Not possible. We can only hope, at best, to minimize their appearance.

I was happy to see Charmaine question since I'm testing a few primers that claim to be pore minimizers. In a recent post I talked a lot about primers and that information is relevant here as well since these types of products claim to have numerous benefits.


Both the Benefit Porefessional and Smashbox Pore Minimizing primers are raved about on YouTube. People swear by them. Fuh my one part I think they do a great job of smoothing my skin's texture. Upon initial application they're even mattifying. Do they make my pores look smaller? I'm not so sure. *side note* Always pat in these types of primers. Attempting to rub them into the skin will cause the product to roll/ball up. 


In all fairness to those products, I'm not sure because I think the success, if you will, of blurring the appearance of pores comes down to more than just a primer. It has to do with the 'relationship' of primer and foundation i.e., oil based to oil based, water to water etc., coupled with the method by which you apply and set said foundation.

Wayne Goss gave us great application tips a few years ago:



I only really notice my pores when, as shown in the photo above, I get too wild with my highlighter application. For the love of all things shiny, don't accentuate your problem areas.

It would be remiss of me not to mention that 'pore management' begins with a good skin care routine; especially the incorporation of acid toners/masks or professional skin treatments. These increase cell turnover, unclogs pores and make way for brighter skin.

Hopefully that helped :)

Let us know your pore minimizing techniques in the comments.

[1] 'Cheat Sheet - Things I Say Again And Again'

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