Minimize and Blur: Here Are the Best Primer for Pores

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So many makeup artists say that the skin is like the canvas. With that in mind, no beauty look will stay put or appear perfect on a "canvas" that isn't smooth and ready to take on some product. So in steps primer—the often overlooked makeup product that is more or less invisible yet majorly impactful impact.

In addition to smoothing out your complexion and providing a lasting adhesive base for your makeup, primers are made to tackle the very human beauty dilemma of pores. While we all have them, pores can be a nuisance when applying makeup, especially when they're large or prone to becoming oily.

Thus, a primer specifically formulated to tackle pores can be a game changer in your makeup routine. To streamline your search for the best primer for pores, we've rounded up our seven picks that will make your skin looked airbrushed sans Photoshop.

Head below to find the best primer for pores that suits your needs.

La Base Pro Pore Eraser Perfecting Makeup Primer
Lancôme La Base Pro Pore Eraser Perfecting Makeup Primer $38

Aptly named a "pore eraser," this ultra-lightweight formula reflects light off the skin's surface to minimize the look of pores, uneven texture, and fine lines. Instead, you're left with a matte complexion that serves as a smooth canvas for makeup application.

The POREfessional Face Primer
Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer $49

This lightly pigmented balm helps mask the appearance of everything from acne scars to deep pores. After smooth application, the primer dries quickly, keeping makeup put and mattifying shine throughout the day.

Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer
Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer $22

Leave it to a skincare line to develop a pore-refining primer that creates an invisible barrier that prevents makeup from clogging pores—helping clear up your pores down the line. It instantly works to absorb excess oil and minimize other imperfections while making your makeup last longer.

Veil Mineral Primer
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer $75

This silky primer does it all: It conceals redness, repels water, protects with SPF with mineral-derived sunscreens, layers onto skin with an airy texture while extending the wear of makeup and minimizing the appearance of pores, fine lines, wrinkles.

Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Smashbox Pore Minimizing Photo Finish Foundation Primer $39

Smashbox's cult primer comes in a handful of iterations, but its pore-minimizing formulation instantly eliminates the look of pores and imperfections in the skin, providing a smooth base for application while controlling oil throughout the day.

Poreless Mattifying Primer
Tarte Poreless Mattifying Primer $32

This waterproof primer boasts 12-hour power, taking your makeup look from dawn to dusk while it mattifies and retexturizes your complexion. The vegan formulation is perfect for oily or combination skin. Antioxidant botanical extracts neutralize free radicals to not just cover up but actually correct skin imperfections.

Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector Primer
Bobbi Brown Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector Primer $40

While also minimizing the look of visible pores immediately with algae extract and glucosamine, this multi-action primer works to smooth skin and reduce the appearance of pore size over time.

Next up, discover the best drugstore primers, all under $15.

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