I wear a lot of face makeup. I do not leave the house without foundation and concealer. This is because I have godawful acne scarring that, no matter what I do, just refuses to go away. I don’t pick my face. I do everything I’m supposed to do, and still, they leave these nasty red marks all over that take years to fade.
It LOOKS like I have bad skin, but in all honesty it’s usually just scars. I’ve had $300 chemical peels, I did months of Dr. Gross, I’m trying the REN system right now, but it’s an uphill battle.
That said, I am a confident girl, no doubt about it. There are obviously things I don’t like about myself, but I try not to present them to the general public. Basically, I’m pretty happy in my skin… if it’s covered up by makeup.
I hate to wear a bunch of pancake on my face. I like my skin to look like skin, not like some airbrushed mask. But I need good coverage, and I need it to last. We’re just coming out of holiday season in retail-land, which means I had been working marathon hours at my store. I needed my makeup to stay in place.
Enter Clinique’s new Superprimer.
Primers are something I’ve dabbled in, but I’ve never found one I truly love enough to use every day. I generally only wear a primer when I’m going to be out all night dancing or something.
A friend of mine gave me this one to try; it claims to help even skin tone and correct blemish marks, as well as provide a flawless canvas on which to apply your daily makeup.
Common knowledge says that green tones cancel red, but the Superprimer is a peachy color instead of the pistachio shade I was expecting. I apply a tiny dab with my fingers all over my face and let it sit for a minute or two before I put on my foundation and concealer. (If you have acne scars like me, Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer is one of the best concealers I’ve found.) It creates a velvety-smooth base for my daily routine.
I know that I cannot expect magic from a product, and I would be lying to you if I claimed the Superprimer was magic. It isn’t. No product is magic, except for Ruby Woo.
The scars I’ve photographed for you are pretty new, so it’s damn near impossible to cover them completely. However, I notice a definite brightness when I use the primer versus when I don’t, and my makeup makes it through a full retail workday without fading or flaking.
Do you guys believe in primer? And more importantly, do you have a “magic” product to share with me? Acne scar removal tips would be good too.