Post # 1
Especially for my engagement photos and my wedding day!!! I’ve never had the best skin, and I have large pores. Thankfully, I don’t have acne and I rarely get pimples. Without makeup on, my skin actually looks *pretty* decent, but when I get my makeup on, it looks…harsh. I’ve tried lightweight foundation, full-coverage foundation, multiple expensive foundations, multiple drug store foundations; I’ve watched hudndreds of YouTube videos on makeup application, including large-pore specific videos; I’ve used expensive and non-expensive primers, I’ve googled/Youtube’d everything under the sun on how to get a flawless makeup look; I’ve bought all the “best” makeup applicators/brushes; I’ve spent tons of money on skin-care regimens (my latest being the most successful using all-natural products); I’ve been to several different Dillards counters and Sephora’s to have their employees do my makeup…NOTHING works!! I could go see a dermatolgist, but not sure what they could do as my skin is really clear. I’m strongly considering a chemical peel, does anybody think that would work? Or does anyone have any other suggestions? I’m starting to get really frusterated as my engagement photos are in a month and my wedding is in 7 months…I’m SO envious of mostly every woman I know having a flawless/soft makeup look, regardless of what brand of foundation they use…PLEASE HELP!! Thanks!!
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Have you tried Porefessional primer? It does a good job of smoothing over pore issues. Also, have you tried GlamGlow Youth Mud mask? It makes a significant difference in tightening skin and shrinking pores. If you order from Ulta, I’m pretty sure they still have samples of Youth Mud that come free with an online order.
Post # 3
lovekiss: Hi! Thanks, yes, POREfessional is actually my latest primer and is my favorite to date…I tried it on in Ulta last week and it *really* seemed to do a nice job of covering my pores and lasting throughout the day, so I went back the next day and bought it. However, I haven’t been able to get it to work the same since then! What the heck! I actually haven’t tried that mask but I’ve heard of it. I may give it a shot!
Post # 4
mdcmod: I’ve been doing an at-home mask over the last few weeks that really helps with shrinking pores. It’s 2 tbsp of egg white, 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 tbsp of oatmeal. Mix it together with your fingers so that you can break up the oat flakes/smush them up, let it sit for about ten mins and then apply the liquid all over your face avoiding the eye area and leave on for at least 15mins. I usually apply it before I shower so I can wash it off in there. I do this mask every 2-3 days.
Tip 1: use any leftover as a light scrub on your face while you’re washing the mask off in the shower.
Tip 2: buy a carton of egg whites so that you don’t have to keep breaking eggs and throwing out the yolk.
Post # 5
lanibug: I’ll give it a shot! Would you say it keeps your pores pretty tight for the most part during in between days?
Post # 6
mdcmod: yes it does….but as it’s natural product, you’ll need to apply it regularly for a while before you see changes. I’ve got into the habit of doing it every few days and will definitely be doing it the morning of my wedding!
Post # 7
mdcmod: I’ve also found that doing a light scrub with baking soda and water (just enough water to make a thick paste) works to tighten up the pores, usually lasts a day or 2. I wouldn’t do this too often, probably only once or twice a week, as it’s probably a little hard on the skin.
Post # 8
mdcmod: Dr. Brandt vacuum is great for sucking out the dirt. Also I LOVE my Clarisonic. It is great for daily exfoliating without using tons of product on your face.
Large pores are a combination of things- genetics and skin care. While pores are like doors- you can open and close them, but they’ll always stay the same size- there are things you can do to help minimize their obvious size. Using a glycholic will help because it will clear up any diry that hangs out around the edges, making them look bigger than they really are.
I love Peter Thomas Roth Glycholic peel pads- soooo gentle but very effective. Use that for a month and you will see a tiny difference. Glycholics are AHA’s- much gentler than what a dermatologist would use, but takes longer for it to work. You could also try laser therapy at the Dr. but that’s big $$.
Beyond that, it’s all about cosmetics and technique. Just keep in mind that 80% of any “concern” is in your head once you start to fixate on it. Try not to compare yourself to other women.