AFTER ASSAILANTS slashed a young model in 1986, pictures of her tragically damaged face appeared around the world.
Surgery and time have helped heal Marla Hanson, but the scars remained. Today, however, Hanson has found a way to look her best--not only for personal needs but for the demands of the camera. The 26-year-old honey blonde, who says she has not had cosmetic surgery, has resumed her modeling career and is now spokesperson for a line of corrective makeup. She calls this makeup her security blanket. Like many photographic models, Hanson says she usually only wears makeup for work, but "I know that when I need to cover the scars, there is a way."
Flori Roberts, the cosmetician who developed the Dermablend line that Hanson endorses, says that more than 1 million people a year are scarred by accidents and burns. Many of these disfigurements--in addition to bruises, tattoos and varicose veins--can be effectively covered with products such as Dermablend, Lydia O'Leary's Covermark or Judith August's mail-order line, Camouflage System.
These products are heavier than regular foundation, but the newest formulas offer surprisingly natural-looking coverage. "Old-fashioned camouflage sticks had a chalky, mask-like look," says Dermablend executive Gail Shelton. "Our product is different because of its two-step process: cover cream and setting powder. The result is natural-looking enough for men and children to wear undetected."