How To Stop Foundation From Settling In Pores

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Do you want to achieve the look of flawless, smooth skin? Makeup can help you with that, specifically foundation. 

Have you ever found yourself hating your foundation? Instead of making your skin look smooth and flawless it looks bumpy or there are dots that appear out of nowhere?

Those polka dots didn’t really appear out of nowhere. They are what you would see if the foundation has settled in your pores. 

Do you want to learn how to stop foundation from settling in pores? Well, you better take notes because we are discussing various ways you can do that below:


How To Stop Foundation From Settling In Pores?

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The goal of using makeup is to make the skin look flawless. However, many of us end up with the opposite. 

A foundation is one of the common makeup products we use to help make the skin look smoother and complete. Although it is made for that reason, not all people who use it end up satisfied with the results. 

That is not to say that the product doesn’t work. Sometimes, the foundation simply settles in the pores. 

In that case, here are a few things you can do to prevent the foundation from settling in your pores:

  • Cleanse the Skin
  • Exfoliate
  • Moisturize
  • Use A Primer
  • Use A Setting Spray
  • Choose Your Foundation
  • Apply Foundation Properly

Cleanse Your Skin


Makeup-like foundation sits on top of the skin. The best way to make your skin look flawless is to start with good skin.

That means you have to take care of your skin and not just rely on makeup. 

Cleansing your skin is one of the most basic ways to care for your skin. If you have larger pores, it would be best to use gentle cleansers 

You don’t need to strip off your skin, you just need to make sure that the excess oils that are produced by the big pores are removed.

This will help prevent your pores from being too obvious. And it could also prevent acne! 

Just remember that overwashing could backfire and make you produce more oils. Washing your face twice a day with a mild cleanser is enough cleansing for your face. 

And before you wash your face with the gentle cleanser, make sure you first remove all of your makeup so that it won’t clog the pores or trap dead skin cells.


Chemical Peel

Another thing you could do to your skin is to exfoliate it. It isn’t advised to use physical exfoliants for the skin on the face because they might be too harsh. 

Instead, you should use chemical peels . Although the word “chemical” seems like it might be to be too harsh for the skin, they are actually gentler than what you would get from a MediSpa. 

One good skin exfoliator is salicylic acid. This is also a good product that helps unclog the pores so that you don’t develop larger pores or acne. 

Exfoliation is a great way to help remove dead skin cells but should only be done in moderation. When you exfoliate your skin you also help remove the flakiness, which is another cause of the uneven appearance of your foundation.



After cleansing and occasional exfoliation of the skin, you shouldn’t forget to moisturize it too. That will help create a smoother surface for you to apply your foundation. 

When your skin is dry and you apply foundation, there is a greater chance for it to settle not only in your pores but also in the lines and wrinkles. That isn’t really flattering for anyone. 

You can make use of any moisturizer  that you want.

One common ingredient in many moisturizers is hyaluronic acid, which can hold a lot of water. 

There are some moisturizers that contain oil and may feel greasy, So it is best to choose the right moisturizer for your skin type. 

Use A Primer


Have you ever heard of a primer? It is a product that you apply to your skin before you apply makeup. There are many different kinds of No products found. and they can help minimize the appearance of your pores.

If you are looking for a primer, those that are silicone-based are the most useful for pores because they help blur them out.

Not only that, but they also help blur fine lines away so your foundation looks cleaner.

Use A Setting Spray

Setting Spray

A primer prepares your skin before you add the foundation.

After you’re done with your makeup, you can make use of a setting spray  to preserve your look for the whole day (or night!). 

Setting sprays will create some sort of barrier to prevent the makeup from sliding off.

Just take note that setting sprays can contain alcohol that could be drying the skin. 

Choose Your Foundation

Silicone Foundation

Sometimes, the fault could lie in the product that you are using on your skin. It’s not necessarily that the product you are using isn’t of good quality, it may simply not be a good match for your skin. 

There are some foundations that could emphasize your pores, so you would want to avoid those. Those will include foundations that may have a shimmery finish. 

Instead, select silicone-based foundations which could have a matte effect to help hide your bigger pores.

As with primers, a silicone-based foundation could smooth the skin and blur the pores.

Proper Application

Silicone Foundation

Lastly, you should know how to properly apply your foundation. This is particularly true if you tend to have larger pores where the foundation easily settles. 

What do you use to apply your foundation? Have you ever tried using a puff, a brush, or just your bare fingers?

The best way to figure out how to properly apply a foundation that won’t settle on your pores is to try them all.

Trial and error is the best teacher and with it, you can discover what method works well for you. 

For some, using a dense round makeup brush  works best with their larger pores. This is done by using circular motions while buffing the foundation to the skin. 

Also, you shouldn’t be using a damp sponge when applying foundation. That’s because it would just concentrate the foundation on the pores and put an emphasis on the pores. 

Setting your foundation with powder is also a way to make sure that the foundation doesn’t settle. Don’t apply too much powder or it will look too cakey

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).