I have a confession: I love the Snapchat and Instagram filters that offer a little extra smoothing and glow. I’ve always struggled with enlarged, stretched pores and skin texture issues.
For years, I did my best to cover up all signs of the fact that I had face skin by painting on primer, foundation, and concealer, and then baking it all with powder and setting spray. I’d blot several times a day and reapply powder often. I hated seeing my bare skin.
Embracing your skin texture is a relatively new trend that I feel has come around as a response to the ultra-full-face Beauty Guru Makeup Look that has been popular on YouTube for so long. While I’m not here for the trends that are trying to “normalize acne” by intentionally highlighting it, I am on board with letting some human skin texture show. (Having acne is fine. Wanting to NOT have acne is also fine. Trying to make it cool to have acne? Yikes. Not fine. But that’s a subject for another day.)
Embracing your skin texture is a relatively new trend that is a response to the ultra-full-face Beauty Guru Makeup Look that has been popular on YouTube for so long.
If you’ve decided that 2021 is the year that you want to have a better relationship with your natural skin texture, I’ve got you covered. I know how hard it can be to put down the concealer brush and Mac Studio Fix Fluid, but trust me when I say, you can do this! I’ll even go so far as to say that you’ll feel happier and more confident over time as you take these baby steps toward loving the skin you’re in.
Use a Lighter Touch With Your Makeup Application
I know that the full-face YouTube beauty influencer look isn’t really going anywhere, and that’s fine if that’s the style of makeup you enjoy doing. Personally, the entire impetus behind my skincare obsession is so that I can wear as little makeup as possible.
Instead of going for the heavy coats of primer, liquid foundation, concealer, powder, and setting spray, start trying to dial back the layers a bit. Maybe switch to a foundation with less coverage or skip the extra powdering at first and see how you feel. If that works, you can try using less concealer or a more lightweight primer. Take it one step at a time and try to get used to seeing a bit of skin texture throughout the day!
Try Changing Up Your Focus
Instead of focusing so hard on coverage, maybe instead try putting your efforts into creating a glassy, dewy look that reflects light in subtle ways. These makeup looks tend to be more “natural” in the sense that they don’t create opaque layers of base products, but you can still cover any serious problem spots without issue.
For example, using a clear, glassy highlighter like the beautyblender Glass Glow Shinelighter or the extremely subtly pigmented Glossier Haloscope can help you create a glossy, reflective finish that isn’t greasy. When you strategically place your highlighter to catch the “high spots,” like your cheekbones, brow bones, Cupid’s bow, or nose, it can help to create a softening effect for your overall look. You can still see a little skin texture, but you don’t have to feel like you’re going barefaced!
Amp Up Your Skincare Routine
Skin texture is a normal part of being human. I’ll say that ad nauseum, and I might even ask for it to be inscribed on my tombstone. As someone who has a lot more texture than average thanks to genetics and ignorant skincare habits for most of her life, I totally understand the compulsion to cover it all up.
I mentioned this earlier, and I was not exaggerating. The entire reason that I started obsessively researching and testing skincare products is that I was tired of having skin that I felt ashamed of. Even wearing layers of makeup didn’t really help, because my skin was in such bad shape that the makeup would break down as the day went on, and my red, orange-peel face would be exposed.
I will never have Snapchat beauty filter skin. Some people can get pretty close to that, but not me. And that’s fine. Because learning more about how to properly take care of my skin has done more for the appearance of my skin texture than any primer, concealer, or airbrushed foundation ever did.
Adding as much hydration as possible is an excellent starting point for minimizing the appearance of pores, fine lines, and other texture woes you might have. Learning about how to properly use acids and incorporate products like retinoids into your beauty regimen is another way to improve your skin’s natural texture and also preserve it for the future.
Hydrated, healthy skin is so radiant and plump that it’s easy for people to overlook the nose pores that you feel are huge (they’re probably not!) or the fine lines that may be accumulating in the corners of your eyes.
Be Kind to Yourself and Put Down the Mirror
Pores are normal. Texture is human. Fine lines and little wrinkles happen to the best of us. If you’re in the habit of staring at all of your perceived flaws in the mirror, I urge you to start spending less time critiquing your skin and more time loving it.
I promise that nobody is judging your skin as harshly as you do. In fact, if you take good care of your skin, the makeup tips I mentioned can actually help to make your face look smoother and healthier! So take a deep breath, wear a little less base makeup, and embrace your skin texture one day at a time with me.