Minimize Your Pores in Minutes with These Star Makeup Artist Tricks

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It may be impossible to shrink those tiny openings on your skin, but you can make them look less obvious. Makeup artist Nick Barose, who has worked with Amy Adams, divulges his best kept secrets for camouflaging pores in minutes.

1. Prime Your Face. Smooth the surface of your skin with a silicone-based gel; this fills in the tiny holes at the opening of the pores. We like: Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-.Hour Perfecting Primer, $30;

2. Sponge on Foundation. Go for a lightweight formula with exfoliating salicylic acidto unclog pores while hiding them. We like: Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfecting Makeup, $27;

3. Dust on Powder. A matte powder with optical diffusers further blurs imperfections, making pores appear even less conspicuous. We like: Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, $34;

To learn more pore-minimizing routines specific to your 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s, turn to p. 516 of this month's issue. Pick up the new InStyle, on newsstands and available for download now.

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