The Style and Beauty Doctor reader Tracey wrote in asking: “Hi Danielle. I don’t really wear a lot of make-up but one of the reasons why is because I can’t even get foundation to look smooth because I have large pores on my cheek areas. Is there anything for black skin that I can use to reduce pore size?”
I tried to reply to your email to get more info from you like what foundation you use, but the email got sent back to me. If you’re reading this, please contact me again.
But I can answer this in general terms. To make pores appear smaller, after you wash your face, try giving it one last rinse of cold water. Your pores won’t disappear but this will make them not appear as large. Foundation primers (like Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer) help to smooth your pores and gives foundation a layer to “adhere to”. It should help to make your foundation apply more smooth. Apply your foundation in a downward motion making sure you blend all the way out (into the hairline and by the ears to avoid looking like you’re wearing a mask). Be sure to set with loose powder. Avoid any foundations with a dewy or luminous finish which will only highlight your pores.
You also want to make sure you keep your pores as clean as possible. This means making sure you cleanse at least twice daily with an oil-free cleanser, clearing the pores (try Biore Clear Pore Strips), and like most skin types, try to exfoliate once every 1-2 weeks. Scheduling a facial every once in a while can help, too.
Hope this helps!
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