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Embracing the reality of textured skin is an essential step toward cultivating self-acceptance. It's important to acknowledge that flawless, poreless faces often seen in media and online don't accurately represent the reality. Everyone has pores and imperfections -- that's completely normal.

But if you've ever found yourself comparing your makeup results to those seemingly flawless faces and wondering why your application doesn't yield the same results, don't worry as the quest for a smoother-looking complexion is certainly within reach.

Many individuals who appear to effortlessly achieve a flawless makeup look also have textured skin. The key lies in adopting effective techniques and using suitable products that cater to the nuances of textured skin.

Here are some ways to minimize the appearance of textured skin using makeup.

1. Skin preparation is a must

Skipping the essential step of preparing your skin before applying makeup can emphasize your skin's texture under the foundation. The very first action in your makeup routine should involve using a primer, applied after your last skincare step, which is moisturizing.

To achieve a flawless base, incorporating a primer is key. It works to diminish the appearance of texture by providing necessary hydration and moisture to the skin. Given the abundance of pore-blurring primers in the market, you have the flexibility to choose one specifically designed to minimize the visibility of pores, especially larger ones.

2. Use foundation or skin tints with buildable coverage

Textured skin can sometimes react negatively to heavy or thick foundations, resulting in a cakey appearance that accentuates imperfections. Thick foundations can also settle into fine lines and emphasize uneven texture. To prevent this issue, buildable coverage foundations help. You can gradually build up coverage where needed without overwhelming the skin with product.

3. Apply the foundation in thin layers

This tip is related to the aforementioned advice. Textured skin can have uneven surfaces and variations in texture. Applying foundation in thin layers prevents the accumulation of product, which can otherwise lead to a cakey or heavy look. Thin layers allow you to build coverage gradually without overwhelming the skin.

4. Opt for a skin tone concealer

Lighter concealers, especially those significantly lighter than your natural skin tone, tend to draw attention to the areas where they are applied. This can highlight the texture of the skin, making imperfections more noticeable. Using a concealer that closely matches your skin tone helps create a more seamless and natural look.

5. Use a mattifying powder

While dewy and glowy skin is currently trending, those aiming to minimize textured skin should opt for a matte finish using powder to blur enlarged pores.

Unfortunately, a shiny look can emphasize pores and blemishes. Choose a matte finish to absorb excess oil, creating a smoother surface and reducing the prominence of imperfections.