There’s nothing worse than applying a fabulously fresh face of makeup just to look closer and realize that your pores are huge. As foundation sinks into each seemingly massive crater, what should’ve been a flawless finish is now a bumpy nightmare. Here at Spa Week we are no strangers to pore problems, so we set out to find someone who can help us with one of our biggest concerns.

We chatted with Zara Mohsin, who is the skincare expert at New York City’s Wink Brow Bar to find out how to shrink our pesky pores.

Our Editorial Director, Ani, just scored horribly on a pore and skin assessment. What’s the best way she can reduce her pore size?*

Z: The best way to reduce pores is to use mostly cold water and every time you cleanse your face, use toner. Use a cleanser that is oil free as oily products can increase pore size. A great at home remedy is to take an ice cube and rub it over your face for a bit- it’s a great fix! Retinol products can be used as a moisturizer because retinol refines the skin, but my earlier tips are what actually helps pore size. Don’t exfoliate often, especially with products that are more commercial as these can actually make your pores bigger.

What are some of the worst things you can do for your pores?

Z: Definitely squeezing, prodding and poking them. Go to a professional for extractions – they have the right tools to create minimal damage to skin when performing these treatments.

Do you have any quick tricks for reducing pore visibility right before a hot date?

Z: Use a pore minimizing primer – preferably one that is oil-free. Also, try to splash your face with cold water. The cool water helps to constrict pores, making them appear smaller!


We took Zara’s expert advice and went on a search to find the best pore minimizing primer in the game. With a desire for perfection, and our abnormally large pores in tow, we tested out a bunch of products that promised to minimize pores. Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer was our number one pick. And although we wanted to love it, Dr. Jart’s Pore Medic Pore Minish Primer just didn’t deliver. Check out our review of both products below.

minimize your pores

The first time that I applied the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, I knew that I had hit the jackpot. The silky smooth application left a beautiful matte base. The best part? This product seriously works. My pores were visibly smaller and after applying makeup my skin looked smooth and flawless. This primer is definitely worth the $36 pricetag.  Available at Sephora

minimize your pores

When I first tried Dr. Jart’s Pore Medic Pore Minish Primer, I was super excited. The brand is well-known for its effective products so I was hopeful this little tube would bring me some serious pore perfection. Unfortunately, after multiple tests I saw no results. My pores were the exact same large unfortunate size as before. We say save $32 and pass on this beauty bust.

*Editor’s note: Way harsh, Tai. I wouldn’t say my pores scored horribly, but to be fair, they didn’t do great. If you need me, I’ll just be over here icing away my gigantic, mammoth pores. 

Do you have your own pore minimizing tips? Let us know in the comments below.

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