So many makeup artists agree that skin is like a 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. Cue primer—the often overlooked makeup product that is more or less invisible yet plays a major role in your makeup's end result.
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 eight picks that will make your skin looked airbrushed sans Photoshop.
Read below to find the best pore-filling primers that suits your needs.
This ultra-lightweight, oil-free 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 smooth complexion that serves as the perfect canvas for makeup application.
An industry favorite among pros and beauty buffs alike, this lightly pigmented balm helps mask the appearance of everything from acne scars to deep pores. After application, the formula dries quickly, keeping makeup in place and mattifying shine throughout the day.
Leave it to a skincare line to develop a primer for large pores that creates an invisible barrier on the skin, which protects pores from getting clogged from makeup. Plus, it instantly works to absorb excess oil, minimize other imperfections, and prolong the longevity of your makeup.
Most of the four-thousand reviewers agree that this silky primer seems to do it all: It conceals redness, repels water, extends the wear of makeup, and minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. Most of all, users boast about the formula's silky texture and its ability to glide onto the skin and stay in place all day.
Smashbox's primer line comes in a handful of iterations, but its pore-minimizing formulation is undoubtedly a cult-favorite. Not only does it instantly eliminate the look of pores and imperfections, but it also provides a smooth base for application all while controlling oil for up to eight hours.
If your day requires a makeup look that can take you from dawn to dusk, this waterproof primer will do the trick. Boasting a 12-hour wear staying power, its invisible formula is enriched with antioxidant-filled botanical extracts to correct skin imperfections and neutralize free radicals as it mattifies and evens out the complexion. A win win if you ask us.
Here's a primer with a silky smooth texture that'll fare well underneath foundation, on makeup-free days, and on top of a done-up face as a quick touchup. It's free from the bad stuff (think talc, mineral oil, phthalates, parabens, and fragrances), and its slight tint mattifies the skin for an overall smooth-looking (and feeling) canvas.
If you're prone to dehydration and still find yourself battling enlarged pores, look no further than this two-in-one primer that delivers moisture as it blurs. It contains the brands signature H2ORelease Complex as well as abyssinian oil to provide what they call "sustained-release hydration" throughout the day.