A friend of mine tells the story of how, during one of her first intimate sessions when she was transitioning a longtime best friend into a boyfriend (and now husband), he lay next to her gazing lovingly at her. He whispered, ”You have…” Of course she waited breathlessly. My heart? My devotion? My undying love? No, reader, what he said was, “You have...such big pores.”
Somehow that comment wasn’t a deal-breaker for them, but it would be for me. I’m more than a little sensitive about my pores. As a child I overindulged in the beaches of my native Florida, not knowing that those suntans and burns were going to accumulate, rendering my complexion the approximate hue and condition of a salty sea captain by the age of 40, mostly on my cheeks. Unfortunately, cheeks do sit right in the center of one’s face. While people have been known to comment, “What a nice smooth forehead you have,” I know what they’re really saying is, “You might want to put a little spackle on those cheeks.”
But that was before I discovered Benefit’s Porefessional. It’s what I use as a primer, that layer of makeup you put on under foundation so that your foundation isn’t slurped up and disappeared by aforementioned pores. I just slather the neutral-toned gel on my cheeks and the thin skin at the outer areas of my eyes, let it set for a moment, then proceed with a light tinted moisturizer.
I’m not sure how this balm works, so let me explain it in Hollywood terms: wearing it is like placing a gauze filter between me and the high-definition world. Right after I first tried it a couple of years ago, a friend met me for drinks and asked why I’d had my makeup professionally applied. I haven’t looked back since.
You can even reapply Porefessional over makeup, crucial for when I’m running to a meeting and need to refresh. I keep a tube in my car so I can park and smooth a bit on over my already-done-face—no makeup-applying while driving, of course.
So there, world. I have such big pores. But I dare you to find them.
Dana Dickey is the Los Angeles editor of PureWow, a digital publication covering the best in fashion, food, beauty, decor and culture in Los Angeles. Follow her and her poreless existence on Instagram.