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Large pores messing up your makeup routine? People have been trying to shrink them for as long as we can remember, and we’ve found the best methods to do so. While nothing will make your pores completely disappear (you do need them to live), there are a few things you can do to make them look better under your makeup. Why not try them out? These methods will work differently for everyone, so experiment with a few to find the best one for you.


This is an age old remedy. Lightly rub an ice cube around your face for about 10-20 seconds before applying your moisturizer. The extreme cold causes your pores to tighten up, therefore making them look smaller. You could also wash your face with cold water if you’re sensitive to cold temperatures.

Egg white mask

Egg whites will tighten your skin and draw out excess oil. Simply mix two egg whites with the juice of half a lemon and add it to your face until it’s dry. Rinse off with warm water, and you’re left with smaller pores and less oily skin.

Remove blackheads

Getting blackheads out of your skin regularly will remove the build up in your pores that makes them larger. Use pore strips to yank the blackheads out. But, be careful to only do this about twice a week, any more can actually damage your skin and make your pores look larger.

Glycolic acid

Incorporating products that have glycolic acid in them will help shrink your pores, as well as any wrinkles that may be unwelcome. Use a cleanser or mask (like this one) to let your skin soak up the anti-aging and pore-minimizing benefits. While they may be a bit more pricey, regularly using products like this will prevent any unwanted skin problems that may arise in the future.

Wear sunscreen

Protecting your skin from UV rays will help your pores appear smaller in the long run. UV damage can enlarge your pores, so here is yet another reason to wear sunscreen. Lather up, girls.


Use a pore-minimizing primer before applying foundation for a smooth canvas for your makeup. Even if your pores aren’t looking too small one day, a primer can come to the rescue and offer up the illusion of a smooth face.