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Sometimes makeup has the tendency to highlight pores rather than smooth them out like it's supposed to do. Instead of the flawless finish we all dream of when purchasing that shiny new bottle of foundation from the hallowed aisles of the department store (or drugstore), we're met with disappointment when it sinks into our pores and exacerbates their size and number.
Sure, we can test most foundation formulas before buying them. If we can’t do that, we can read reviews, but that still involves some guesswork. Our goal is to take the guesswork out of the equation entirely, which is why rounded up foundations that work to reduce, not enlarge, the look of pores.
Keep scrolling for our picks of the best foundations for large pores.
Best Overall: Clé de Peau Beauté The Foundation SPF 21
Makeup artist Ashley Rebecca recommends this decadent jar foundation for people with large pores. "If you're someone who is on the drier side, I love Clé de Peau Beauté's The Foundation for a luxe hydrating treatment that gives a radiant finish but covers well. I love to use this foundation on people who are concerned about pores but need a boost of moisture to their skin," she says.
Best Full Coverage: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick
"If you are looking for a fuller coverage foundation, the Vanish stick from Hourglass is impeccable at covering any concerns and can also double as a concealer for under the eye area," Rebecca says. She recommends applying foundations with either a Beautyblender or the Clarisonic Foundation Brush. "I love how both tools flawlessly apply makeup quickly and efficiently. Lightly tapping the sponge over your complexion will give detailed attention to areas that have larger pores."
Best Medium Coverage: Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Foundation
STATE Makeup artist Barbara Redmen agrees that a brush and sponge application is best. This luminous foundation from Burberry is her favorite. "I love the creamy texture and weightless finish this foundation gives. The skin has a soft dewy finish while giving excellent coverage."
Best Budget: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy and Smooth Foundation
According to STATE model and makeup artist Stephany Andujar, large pores require a primer before foundation for a flawless finish. " I personally love the Laura Mercier Flawless Oil Free Primer." Follow that up with her recommended foundation, which is a budget-friendly pick from Maybelline. It's a moisturizing foundation that smooths, hydrates, and evens the skin while protecting against harmful UV rays with SPF 18.
Best Matte Finish: Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup
Another medium-coverage foundation recommended by Andujar, this one is incredibly smooth and lightweight thanks to actual silk extracts found inside. She says it leaves "a very flawless matte finish on the skin" and works "well with larger pores."
Best Long-Wearing: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation
This oil-free foundation is long-wearing (for up to 24 hours). It even maintains the skin's pH, so it remains comfortable and smooth throughout the day. It's another go-to for Andujar when it comes to disguising large pores.
Best Lightweight: Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation
STATE makeup artist Stephanie G.M likes this product, which combines skincare and makeup. "It's great for minimizing pores and is easily adjustable for drier skin by adding a drop of face oil in the mix," she says. "A little goes a long way with this buildable foundation."