How to Shrink Your Pores in Less Than One Minute

Updated 09/26/18
Best pore minimizers: woman with flawless skin

Why do you need a pore minimiser? Well, you don't need one as such, but if you want your best-looking skin, then this product is a winner. While we are in no way saying you need to start worrying about yet another thing, we do know that enlarged pores can be a problem for many who don't feel confident about their complexions. For older and oily skins especially, this can be a particular issue, but thankfully there are products that work instantly (ah, science!), to help give you flawless, photo-ready skin.

Applied post-mosturiser, a pore minimiser helps reduce the appearance of large pores by gliding over them and often reduces shine too, without you having to cake on layers of foundation and powder. That said, if you do want to apply makeup over the top, it helps it stay put for longer, which is just another reason you might want to start using it. We've tried a few over the years, so without further ado, we suggest you keep scrolling for the 10 best pore minimisers.

Filorga Pore-Express
Filorga Pore-Express $30

This mousse-like cream works in two ways, optical blurrers give the skin an airbrushed poreless appearance, while ingredients like niacinamide work to prevent sebum production that can lead to enlarged pores in the first place. It also tackles redness and is non-comedogenic so it won't block your pores. 

Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector
Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector $25

A clever blurring product this works instantly (thanks to a lentil extract) to tighten pores immediately. Overnight it gets to work on long-term benefits for an overall smoother- and healthier-looking complexion.

Instant Line & Pore Perfector
Nars Instant Line and Pore Perfector $20

A clever "eraser," this will blur out the appearance of not just pores, but wrinkles too. It also absorbs excess oil and creates a matte appearance to the skin. 

Best pore minimiser: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer $28

Smashbox is another one of those brands that just does pore minimisers so well. This blurs and reduces the appearance of pores instantly.

Best pore minimiser: Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer
Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer $28

Another industry favourite, Benefit's pore minimiser is a winner because you can reapply as often as you want. Even over makeup. 

Best pore minimiser: Skyn Iceland Pure Pore Minimiser
Skyn Iceland Pure Pore Minimiser $25

This silicone-free blemish treatment instantly reduces the appearance of enlarged pores while gradually refining skin’s tone and texture. Hurrah. 

Lottie London InstaFilter - Pore Eraser Stick $7

Seriously affordable, this clear eraser stick quickly blurs the appearance of pores.

Best pore minimiser: The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser
The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser $9

This instantly smooths and mattifies skin, which will not only look better but will feel great too.

Best pore minimiser: Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher
Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher $64

This slightly more expensive version promises to "dramatically refinish skin's appearance and texture." And do you know what? It really does. PS: It also helps to get rid of dry, dulling, flaky surface skin cells to really make skin glow.

Best pore minimiser: Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Lightweight Primer
Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Lightweight Primer $8

Glides on smoothly, resurfaces your complexion and shrinks pores. We're sold. 

Next up: These are the most affordable concealers we could find that won't turn your skin orange. 

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