Perfect complexion is a dream-come-true for every beauty enthusiast roaming the makeup aisle in search for the perfect foundation. It’s what we would call #lifegoals in the makeup world. While a great foundation is usually able to cover up redness, blemishes, dark spots and the occasional zit, it doesn’t necessarily cover up large pores, which in all honesty, don’t look very flattering.
We hunted for foundations that will minimise your pores and found six products with winning formulae that will show your pores who the boss is from now on.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation
This long-lasting, ’smart-skin’ foundation is one of the most popular products among makeup enthusiasts, and there’s little wonder why. Its biggest ally is the Amazonian clay, which works towards creating a weightless, easily blendable and durable foundation that covers every skin imperfection you can think of, including large pores. It is said to reduce the appearance of pores, no matter what your skin type is. Whether you have oily or dry skin, the foundation will adjust according to your skin type. Score!
Clinique Pore Refining Instant Perfecting Makeup
Accept your pores with grace. Nuh-uh. Why succumb to the destiny of embracing your large pores when you can own this lightweight, oil-free foundation that glides on your skin effortlessly and transforms it into a flawless makeup canvas? Your skin will instantly look plumper and firm, and pores will look less visible thanks to the brown algae and clary sage extract that work together to make your skin flawless. It’s not called “instant perfecting makeup” for nothing.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
If you’re looking for a foundation that leaves you a matte finish and does a fabulous job at oil control, then you’ve got to try Estee Lauder’s Double Wear SPF 10 Foundation. While it promises a 15-hour coverage, this lightweight, buildable and oil-free formula does not set to disappoint. The best part? Your skin will be able to breathe and stay moisturised throughout the entire day, looking as sleek and classy as a bouquet of white roses. This foundation comes in 30 diverse shades, is fragrance-free and non-acnegenic. Just take my money already!
Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation
Most foundations that offer heavy coverage tend to dry out the skin, but not the Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation. The Hydro-Producing Complex ensures that your skin is moisturised and hydrated throughout the day, while the Micro-Smoothing Complex, an ingredient exclusive to the brand, refines the texture of the skin, basically erasing your pores. Your skin will be smooth and radiant, balancing both shine-control and hydration.
Laneige BB Cushion_Pore Control
Nothing can top a foundation that looks like you have no foundation on, yet is able to tick off every requirement on your ‘perfect foundation’ list. It’s light and does not leave the cakey effect on your skin after application or even hours after. This foundation leaves your skin looking dewy sans the peeking pores that makes you wince just looking at them. If Song Hye Kyo’s endorsement doesn’t convince you just yet, you got to try this yourself to believe it. It comes in 9 different shades and is definitely a hit among Asian women. While it effortless eliminates and sizably shrink the appearance of your pores, a layer of dabbing of this wonder cream cushion foundation can even lighten your acne scars. I’m sold on this one!
Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation
One of the best pore-minimising foundations from the Sephora collection indeed. The super-small particles reflect the light off pores, making them almost invisible to the naked eye. The potency of a great foundation lies in its ingredients, and the formula of this foundation contains minerals from the deep waters of Bretagne and botanical extracts, which during application soothes the skin, making it free of imperfections and silky smooth. While its price may be on the steeper edge, its efficacy is definitely a reflect of the quality.
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Text: Nadia Jamal