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Hide Your Pores Once and For All

skin treatment applyingFor those of us with excruciatingly obvious pores, you know who you are, we are always desperate for a solution!

There are no magic wands of makeup that will make these suckers just disappear; there are, however, some makeup tips
that can significantly reduce their overall appearance.Most anyone even remotely interested in makeup have
heard of makeup primers. They are the newest creation in a long line of makeup products designed to
hide/cover/distract/erase, or otherwise diminish, facial flaws.

Almost all liquid or cream primers contain silicone as it’s primary weapon. There are multiple types of silicones
available. Those that absorb into the skin ( I am editing this to add- I do not mean absorbed through pores, but rather absorbed as in binding to your skin), those that sit on the surface of the skin, or hair shaft (as in the
case of heat protectant hair products), and a combo of the two. These create a barrier visibly smoothing pores,
lines, and other imperfections. The makeup is then deposited on top of the primer creating a more refined skin
surface appearance. There are many types of barrier primers for eye, face, lips, hair, etc. Not all are created equal.
One of the distinct advantages to this type of product, the good ones that is, is that it works quickly and efficiently,
and really does help keep makeup in place. With the good, comes the bad however, many people find the silicones to create
a heavy feeling on the face, no breathability to the skin. mostly found with the barrier silicone.
Oily or sweaty skin can find the makeup beading up & separating on the skin, or sinking into pores rather
than gliding over them and actually calling more attention to flaws rather than minimizing them;
This problem is most often seen with the silicone combos, or skin absorbing silicone.

Some well respected brands of primers are Primer Potion by Urban Decay, Benefit Porefessional, That Gal face primer,
FX Skin Prep which was created in a hospital for serious skin disorders, and Smashbox Photo Finish primers.
These can all be found at Sephora, of course, a great resource for upscale, high quality beauty products.
In fact, type in primers at Sephora, and there will be a Plethora of product to choose from.

Now when it comes to powdered, mineral makeup, primers take a different perspective.
Naturally, I am partial to this type because I own a mineral makeup company.
face, eye, and sometimes lip primers can be found in a mineral, all natural, or combo
(and believe me, there is a difference so read your labels ladies) My own mineral primer
contains silica, from which silicone is created. Silica is found in sand, and is naturally occurring.
Silica is tiny, round, light reflective particles that glide over lines and pores reflecting light
away from the depression created in the skin. Mica is another mineral ingredient that works in
this same fashion, though I personally find the coated, or treated mica’s give great adhesion,
but less reflective properties, so a good primer powder will contain plain untreated mica, or
at least a combo of both. Lastly my favorite underdog in the world of corrective cosmetics is
Cornstarch. Cornstarch is light, fluffy, oil & moisture absorbing, and floats beautifully over pores
giving instant light as air coverage. The major drawback with this product, however, is finding
non-genetically modified corn products. There is only one company that I have found where
I can purchase Organic, non-GMO cornstarch, it’s great, but not cheap!

These are by no means the only primers ingredients available, but they are my favorites, and the ones I personally use.
One major drawback with mineral primers, and powdered mineral products in general, is the mess!
I keep a box of tissues on my vanity & spread one out under my mineral jars everyday when appling my makeup,
you can swirl minerals right onto the tissue or a paper towel, and this absorbs the excess intead of keeping
it in the cap or fling loose in the air. Also tapping the handle of your brush on the surface where you apply your
makeup to disperse it into the bristles (rather than tapping excess off back into the cap) can cut the flyaway powder,
also using the sifters rather than removing them like some prefer to do. These sifters dispense smaller amounts of minerals
into the cap, but usually they are enough for one application, you can always apply a second coating if more is needed.

As a makeup artist, and a makeup creator, I am always hunting for new ingredients or products, and work hard to find
a great balance of naturally occurring, unadulterated ingredients, but ones that still show superior performance in makeup.
Yes gals, we can have it all! I always welcome yout comments and questions, so keep them coming!

Happy makeuping!

2 Responses to Hide Your Pores Once and For All

  1. minh February 20, 2016 at 5:30 am #

    can you specifically name which silicones are the barrier ones and which are the absorbing ones?

    • Karrie Welch February 26, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

      Minh- this is a great question! In a nutshell particle size is going to be a contributing factor, as well as it’s density. Here’s a great article on this https://www.silicone-polymers.co.uk/pdf2011/Moisture%20Permeability%20of%20Silicone%20Systems%20-%20Case%20Study%202.pdf.
      But basically they can all be manipulated chemically to be either, and they all start from silica. To a large extent you will see more absorbing in face products ( and I don’t mean absorbed through pores- but rather to bind to skin) and more barrier in hair products but not always. Usually you will FEEL the difference. if it is lightweight, less greasy or slippery feeling- that is more absorbing, and if it feels heavy, greasy, coating, slippery- that is more barrier. I find personally I notice cyclomethicone listed when it is a heavier based product for coating.

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