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Ever wondered why, despite their grand claims, no facial product has done much to shrink the size of your pores? Well, the truth is, you can’t make these dots on your face (which are actually the openings of hair follicles, and contain a sebaceous gland that produces your skin’s oils) physically smaller. The reason? Dermatologists say the size of your pores depends primarily on your genes. Plus, those with fair skin typically have smaller pores, while darker skinned gals usually have bigger pores. Your skin type plays a part in your pore size, too: If you’re on the dry side, skin appears more poreless, while oily skin makes pores more visible. Other factors that affect their size: trauma from pricking pimples, damage from UV rays exposure, and loss of collagen caused by aging.

But before you think this is a hopeless case, here’s some good news: You can make your pores look smaller. The first step, consult a dermatologist to learn how to give your skin some TLC. Next step: Learn the right makeup tricks to camouflage and smooth out visible dots. Scroll down to see our no fail, three-step minimize-your-pores routine.

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Step 1: Use clean fingers to spread on a silicone-based primer on the areas where your pores are more visible. The silicone particles fill in the pores and help your foundation last longer.
Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional PRO balm, P1,700
Benefit Cosmetics is available at Trinoma, Greenbelt 5, Glorietta, SM Mall of Asia, and Alabang Town Center.

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Step 2: Remember, caking on product that’s too heavy will only magnify the pores. The best way to even out your skin tone is to use a lightweight foundation. Lightly pat on your skin using a non-latex, egg-shaped sponge for an immaculate finish.
Covergirl Trublend Liquid Makeup, P645; Beauty Blender, P995
Covergirl is available at department stores. Beauty Blender is available at Pure Beauty Serendra, Pure Beauty Alabang Town Center, and at www.zalora.com.ph.

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Step 3: Don’t be intimidated with its stark white appearance. This invisible, finely-milled powder thinly veils the skin without settling in your pores and wrinkles. A large fan brush dusts the right amount of product on your skin.
Make Up For Ever Powder Fan Brush 134, P2,950; HD Microfinish Pressed Powder, P2,250
Make Up For Ever is available at SM Megamall, Greenbelt, and SM Mall of Asia.

(Main photo courtesy of Choi Quila's Instagram account; Images edited by Mike Dee) 

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