Ask Danielle: Foundation and Large Pores

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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?”

Hey Tracey!

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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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.

3 Responses to Ask Danielle: Foundation and Large Pores

  1. Large pores on the cheeks is soooo my problem. Thanks for the tips on the primer and applying foundation in a downward motion.

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