15 Pore-Filling Primers That Help Create A Smooth Base For Makeup

I actually don't have anything against my pores. I can see them clearly without the help of a magnifying mirror, and I'm not mad at it. But I will say that it can feel like my makeup doesn't look as fresh as it could when my foundation or concealer sinks into my pores. And that's why I'm a firm believer in smoothing and pore-filling makeup primers. Because even though it can be difficult to see what certain types of primers actually do for your skin and makeup, the pore-filling kinds give clear and immediate results. (Hello, smooth skin.)

Not to mention that smoothing and blurring primers are some of the few that can be worn alone for benefits without needing to finish it off with foundation. Unlike color-correcting primers and illuminating primers that may need to be topped off with foundation to blend and tone down the effects, smoothing primers can be swept on before running out the door for a blurred complexion. And because it only takes a couple of seconds to apply, this type of primer is pretty much the ultimate five-minute makeup product. So whether you want to wear 'em alone or under makeup, here are 15 pore-filling primers that will instantly give you a totally smooth base:

1. Smashbox

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Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer, $39, Sephora

Oily ladies will love this primer that not only fills pores but also mattifies and controls shine for up to eight hours.

2. L'Oreal Paris

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L'Oreal Paris Magic Perfecting Base, $10, Amazon

This lightweight and non-comedogenic primer minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines for an instantly smooth-looking complexion.

3. Tarte

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Tarte Poreless Mattifying Primer, $32, Sephora

This mattifying primer also fills in pores for a smooth and shine-free finish.

4. YSL

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YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector, $55, Sephora

Take your pore-perfecting on the road with this blurring compact that's perfect for on-the-go touchups.

5. Peter Thomas Roth

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Peter Thomas Roth Pore Putty, $38, Nordstrom

With regular use, this pore-filling primer delivers temporary, long-term benefits that reduce the look of pore size and shape.

6. Milani

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Milani Prime Shield Mattifying + Pore-Minimizing Face Primer, $10, Amazon

Soften the appearance of pores and fine lines while creating a smooth canvas for makeup with this mattifying primer.

7. Make Up For Ever

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Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer, $37, Sephora

Skin will practically look resurfaced with this silky, smoothing primer.

8. The Estee Edit

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The Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick, $20, Sephora

Run this handy stick over your skin to instantly fill your pores and smooth your complexion.

9. Dr. Brandt

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Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer, $45, Sephora

Prevent makeup from settling in and clogging your pores with this primer that acts as an invisible barrier.

10. Clarins

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Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, $39, Sephora

Use this primer alone, under makeup, or even mix it in with your foundation to smooth the appearance of fine lines and pores.

11. Pixi

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Pixi by Petra Flawless & Poreless Primer, $18, Target

Prolong the life of your makeup while minimizing shine and pores with this primer that utilizes willow bark and salicylic acid for long-term benefits.

12. It Cosmetics

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It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer, $38, Sephora

Developed with plastic surgeons and containing powerful ingredients like clay and collagen, this weightless primer creates a smooth barrier so makeup glides on effortlessly without sinking into pores.  

13. Too Faced

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Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer, $30, Sephora

This vitamin and retinol-packed primer was made to banish the look of pores under powders and give an airbrushed finish.

14. NYX

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NYX Pore Filler Primer, $10, Amazon

Fill your pores with vitamin E instead of makeup with this oil-free primer.

15. Benefit

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benefit The POREfessional Face Primer, $31, Sephora

This pore-filler is a classic. Smooth it on to quickly reduce the appearance of lines and pores while protecting from free radicals.

So you can be all like: "Pores? What pores?"