Stay away from silicone
Often used in cosmetics to make formulas softer and easier to spread, silicone is a no-no for women with large pores, according to Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York City dermatologist and creator of Sea Radiance skincare products. “Makeup products with silicone will clog pores and make them look worse,” she says. Steer clear of ingredients such as dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, and phenyltrimethicone—fancy names for silicone, in beauty products.
Fall in love with primer
Face primer was practically made for women with large pores, according to top makeup artist Lori Hamlin, who helps Padma Lakshmi get her gorgeous glow. “Primer will make the skin appear smoother and more even,” Hamlin says. “Pores are dramatically minimized and makeup stays in place longer.” Apply primer to the face and let it dry completely before putting on your makeup. Hamlin’s favorite primers are from ByTerry, Hourglass, and Clinique. Then there’s Benefit’s POREfessional Facial Primer, which was formulated specifically to minimize the appearance of pores. “Think of it as a spackle for your face, for lack of a more appealing word,” says Rebecca Perkins, co-owner and head makeup artist at Rouge New York makeup salon. You can even use it over your makeup, rather than under, to help makeup stay in place. (Related: Don’t miss the things dermatologists do overnight to wake up with younger-looking skin.)