What about these wrinkles!? MAC related..

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It's been a while since I've checked in around here, but when I had a makeup question, I knew this was where I needed to go!!

So I'm getting hitched in May. I have always pretty much been a drugstore makeup kind of gal. But with the wedding coming up, I wanted to venture out, and try some "fancy" stuff. So I went to the MAC counter, where they were doing makeup trials with a $50 purchase.

I walked out of there feeling like I looked 15 years older than I did when I walked in. All of the ladies were oohing and aahing over what "great skin" I have. And that for my 37 years, I looked pretty damned young.
Now...I am starting to get some fine lines around my eyes, and I noticed this year some puff under them too. I need some makeup (or any other products that might help) that will look polished, but not make me look so much older. Which is what this did. I looked horrid.
here is what she used...(all MAC products)
concealer
primer
tinted moisturizer (she said I didn't need foundation)
bronzer
powder
and then all of the colored stuff..shadow, eyeliner, blush, lipstick, gloss, mascara.

I felt like it all accentuated those bags and wrinkles like crazy. It was like something she put on was reflecting light, and making my face look white/shimmery/wrinkly/cakey under the eye area.

I walked away with the primer and shadow (which I freaking looove) gloss, and some eyebrow stuff.

I'm not sure, but it seems like the primer might have some shimmer to it, that may be contributing to the problem.

Anyways, I know this is ramble city, but I really need some help here with products. I"m willing to shell out some cash to look good on my wedding day. I want to look as young as possible, but still look like I'm made up. Anyone have some good recs?
I don't have much to cover up, I just need to even out my skin tone a little, and I tend to get a little shiny.
Thanks!! I'm just a clueless dummy when it comes to this stuff.


Last edited by SpaghettiHead; 09-04-2012 at 09:59 AM.
Oooh, definitely stay away from any shimmery skin stuff. Looks fake and it does accentuate wrinkles, but MAC is crazy for it.

Unfortunately, I might not be the best suited to give you a rec for something that will work, but I'm sure more folks will chime in soon!

Also, congrats on your engagement!
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I'd go to Sephora. They have many more brands than makeup counters at department stores and the makeup artists are always nice and helpful when I go in.

And you sound like you prefer mattes to shimmery stuff, so make sure if they come at you with something shimmery to back away. Lol
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First, congrats!

As for makeup and skin, Im kinda in the same boat. I went into ulta with a question about a dark spot corrector and came out with a facial cleanser. I ended up at sephora.

My suggestion would be to go in and say that are looking to both clear up your skin and get natural looking makeup. Dont bw afraid to share Ur complaints about the mac makeup so they know what you are looking for

Both sephora and ulta recommended murad's vitamin c/environmental repair kit. Im 4 days into a 30 day trial. I was told that my unevenness (which she says is barely visibke and mostly freckles) is from sun damage and not wearing spf all these years (Im 34)

Ive heard great things about philosophy's dark spot corrector.

I am currently using a tinted primer by Nars and i LOVE it!!!!

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Oh I LOVE Murad's vitamin C line. I saw great improvement with skin tone eveness/scarring. Them prices though...*sigh*

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Thanks everyone so far!
I decided to go ahead and make an appt at Sephora for this afternoon, so we'll see how that goes!
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Oh, thanks. Thats good to hear. I was a little ner ous about giving it a try. If i like it, I will have to buy it one piece at a time. The trial kit was already 42 and i think Thats cheaper than any indiviual product. Whew!

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Congratulations on your wedding!

My personal impression, just from browsing makeup boards and going to dept stores, was that MAC and Clinique were more for younger women, while Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder and Lancome were for a wider span of age ranges. Just my impression.

I'm guessing it's the sparkly primer and/or the powder that's highlighting whatever teensy lines you might have. Powder can settle into things. Personally, I've never found a powder that makes me look younger (although I might one day, who knows).

I hope you get some good advice and products at Sephora.

If you want to read lots of makeup reviews, while also entering a completely addictive time suck, have you tried lurking on makeupalley.com? The reviews have helped me find some good, affordable products that I wouldn't have otherwise tried.
My personal impression, just from browsing makeup boards and going to dept stores, was that MAC and Clinique were more for younger women, while Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder and Lancome were for a wider span of age ranges. Just my impression.
Originally Posted by Joslyn
oh geez... i'm 52 and i wear MAC almost exclusively.

i also wear shimmer and sparkle.

spaghetti, it sounds like you got Strobe - honestly, take it back, i think it's one of the worse primers around and it has a pinkish tone that i can't abide. don't buy an expensive primer - someone at Sephora will try to get you to buy the stuff from Smashbox, i'm sure.

Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel is a silicone product that is made of the same stuff as all commercial makeup primers and i think it costs about $3 a tube.

for photos on your wedding day, you don't want your skin to be TOO matte or too shiny. one will absorb too much light and the other will reflect too much making you look sweaty.

i'd skip bronzer - especially for a spring wedding - unless it's a beach destination wedding or you live in one of those places that's warm year-round; it will look fake. a light blush is better.

as for tinted moisturizer - Laura Mercier makes the flat-out best one around, but it IS $$$$$!

play up your eyes - lots of mascara - and find a long-wear lip product (like Tarte's lip stains or Benefit's tint products) because you'll be kissing lots of people and don't want to have to reapply a million times for photos.

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My personal impression, just from browsing makeup boards and going to dept stores, was that MAC and Clinique were more for younger women, while Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder and Lancome were for a wider span of age ranges. Just my impression.
Originally Posted by Joslyn
oh geez... i'm 52 and i wear MAC almost exclusively.

i also wear shimmer and sparkle.

Originally Posted by rouquinne
Thank you - I am not 50 yet but I tire of people telling me my "mature skin" should never have sparkle on it.

I agree with everything Rou said, just especially the quoted part, and the anti-chafing gel as primer.

And, congratulations!
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Hi Rou!
Thanks for the tips! I"m glad you made some lip recs.
The MAC primer I got is the Prep and Prime. Any thoughts on that one? And I had completely forgotten about the chafing cream as primer. Damn!!
The trial at Sephora was MUCH BETTER than the MAC one for sure.
The primer they used at Sephora was Hourglass Mineral Veil, and the foundation was MUF HD #125. It looks good for every day, but I still feel like I might want a little more of a "finished" look in the foundation area for the wedding day.
The lips were okay, but a little too peachy for me, so I'll def be checking out some of the above recs.
They did use individual false lashes, which I'm surprised I really like.

I feel like I'm on the right track...at least I have a small start. I still need to find something to minimize fine lines and puffiness. That's the one thing they didn't address.
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Last edited by SpaghettiHead; 09-04-2012 at 06:42 PM.
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That sounds like a good start.

And it was just my own impression that MAC was for younger women, but I am quite fashion clueless, as evidenced by my other posts expressing major eyeglass confusion, LOL. I have good luck with some Bobbi Brown products, but they're way too expensive to buy often.

P.S. This has nothing to do with makeup, but if you get wedding pictures taken outside in warm weather, make sure you are very well-hydrated, with tons of water on hand, and drink even more than you think you need. Otherwise you could get light headed from the heat, the stress and your dress. I learned this the hard way.
Ah tarte's lip stains. (as those from the "say it" thread might know), I am coveting their Fiery red lip stain. MUST HAVE!!!

I'm happy your trial went much better
Hi Rou!
Originally Posted by SpaghettiHead
long time no see, spaghetti! you doing well? congrats on the upcoming nuptials!

The MAC primer I got is the Prep and Prime. Any thoughts on that one? And I had completely forgotten about the chafing cream as primer. Damn!!
stick with the chafing gel; Prep & Prime is better than Strobe, but i don't like primers that add colour to the skin.

I still feel like I might want a little more of a "finished" look in the foundation area for the wedding day.
you have time - go back a few times, find the products you like, ask for samples and try them yourself to see which ones work best for you.

They did use individual false lashes, which I'm surprised I really like.
and they're easy to use! practise makes perfect with those just like strip lashes. eeyelash.com and eBay are good places to buy lashes to work with.

I still need to find something to minimize fine lines and puffiness. That's the one thing they didn't address.
fine lines respond to vitamin C serum and retin-A products; wear sunscreen all the time and sunglasses so you don't squint.

where are you puffy?
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oh, btw, Tarte says it give you 6000% more moisture after 28 days. six thousand!!!!!
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Hi Rou!
Originally Posted by SpaghettiHead
long time no see, spaghetti! you doing well? congrats on the upcoming nuptials!

The MAC primer I got is the Prep and Prime. Any thoughts on that one? And I had completely forgotten about the chafing cream as primer. Damn!!
stick with the chafing gel; Prep & Prime is better than Strobe, but i don't like primers that add colour to the skin.



you have time - go back a few times, find the products you like, ask for samples and try them yourself to see which ones work best for you.

They did use individual false lashes, which I'm surprised I really like.
and they're easy to use! practise makes perfect with those just like strip lashes. eeyelash.com and eBay are good places to buy lashes to work with.

I still need to find something to minimize fine lines and puffiness. That's the one thing they didn't address.
fine lines respond to vitamin C serum and retin-A products; wear sunscreen all the time and sunglasses so you don't squint.

where are you puffy?
Originally Posted by rouquinne
Doing well! Just trying to power through school so I can get back to my life. Oyi. I miss this place, and need to catch up with everyone. Being around a bunch of college kids constantly leaves me feeling deprived in the conversation area most of the time.

Wait...so you can just walk into Sephora and ask for samples? There is a powder that I want to try out. If I'd known that I would have done it already!

As far as being puffy...it's just seemed to pop up these past 6 months...its right under my eyes. Maybe it's puff, maybe it's bags (or maybe they are the same) but it's bugging the crap out of me! I need it gone.


@ scrills- 6000!!! Crraaazy!

oh, btw, Tarte says it give you 6000% more moisture after 28 days. six thousand!!!!!
Originally Posted by scrills
My face would turn into an oil rig. Lol. That number's intimidating.

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try elevating the head of your bed a bit; it helps drain everything that pools under the eyes when you're sleeping. even a couple of inches can do wonders.

has your salt intake changed at all?

don't forget to try cucumber slices - they do seem to work.

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http://labellatestarossa.blogspot.ca/

Little Mother of all the Roaches, President-for-Life of the MAC Harlots!
oh, btw, Tarte says it give you 6000% more moisture after 28 days. six thousand!!!!!
Originally Posted by scrills
My face would turn into an oil rig. Lol. That number's intimidating.
Originally Posted by itsKelCeeEee
That numbet is for the lip stain, not uour face and my lips need moisture



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