These Blurring Balms Will Make Your Skin Look Practically Poreless
Ever wish you could add a filter on your skin...in real life? A blurring balm does just that, smoothing the look of fine lines and imperfections and making pores look smaller. You can wear them solo to subtly even out texture, or layer them under makeup to make your foundation glide on smoothly and last longer. Keep reading for our favorite blurring balms as well as for more tips on how to use them.
What Do Blurring Balms Do?
The formulas typically deliver a matte, soft-focus finish that helps to create a smoother look and can even prolong the wear of your makeup. Because of this, blurring balms often take the form of primers and moisturizers. Some blurring balms also contain an SPF so you can protect your skin while you prime.
How to Pair Blurring Balms With Foundation
Because many blurring balms contain silicone, it’s important to pair them with silicone-based makeup, rather than water-based makeup. A water-based tinted moisturizer or foundation might end up separating or fading quickly when paired with a silicone-based blurring balm, while a silicone foundation will be enhanced by the blurring balm.
Try One For Yourself
Looking to add a blurring balm to your routine? The NYX Professional Makeup Pore Filler Primer Targeted Blurring Stick allows you to pinpoint the areas where your pores are the largest and mattify excess shine. We also recommend the Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Mattifying Face Primer to blur and protect your skin with SPF 20 and the Lancôme Blur & Go Priming Stick, which glides on smoothly to reduce the look of pores and fine lines.
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