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8 Best Primers for Mature Skin

By Sandra Roussy April 20, 2022 Makeup and Fashion

Do you use a makeup primer? If you do, then you know that primers can help your makeup last throughout the day, can stop your foundation and concealer from creasing and creating unwelcome lines on your face, and also minimize the look of pores and fine lines.

Primers are the foundation you lay down before applying your makeup. Yes, a foundation BEFORE your foundation. Primers are sold in various options, and they are not all created equal. It’s best to choose a primer that suits your skin type, texture, and age.

Some makeup primer brands on the market today are produced with aging skin in mind. Let’s take a look at what makeup primers are and which ones are best for mature skin.

Here is our list of the best primers for mature skin:

  1. Origins Original Skin Pore Perfecting Cooling Primer – silky smooth cool mousse primer that when applied leaves your skin looking fresh with a soft glow.
  2. Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector – a lightweight skin-smoothing primer that instantly refines skin texture and minimizes the appearance of pores.
  3. Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer – oil-free face primer that absorbs quickly and is perfect for mature skin.
  4. REVLON Prime Plus Makeup + Skincare Primer – a lightweight and hydrating cream that brightens and improves the look of makeup by creating a flawless canvas.
  5. L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Blurring Face Primer – instantly smooths the look of fine lines and pores with a natural-looking, soft-focus finish. 
  6. ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Insta-Smooth Primer – an ultra-firming primer that visibly reduces the look of fine lines and pores while leaving the skin perfectly prepped for makeup. 
  7. Tula Filter Primer Blurring & Moisturizing Primer – smooths the look of uneven skin tone while creating a radiant base for makeup. 
  8. Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer – a velvety compressed balm that smooths on easily and helps makeup last longer.

What Is a Makeup Primer?

Primers come in the form of cream, gel, mousse, or oil. The primer prepares your skin for makeup application. It gently lays a smooth layer of protection on your face so that when you apply your foundation or powder it doesn’t get absorbed by your skin, creating increased chances of creasing.

Some primers contain moisturizing ingredients and other agents to nourish the skin. Look for primers with hyaluronic acid or other hydrating agents if you have dry skin.

How to Apply Primers on Mature Skin

Primers come after you apply your moisturizer and sunscreen. A little goes a long way, so only a pea-size amount is usually needed.

Wait for about one minute before proceeding to do your makeup application. The type of primer you use (gel, mousse, oil, or cream) will determine how long it takes to set.

Best Primers for Mature Skin

Primers for older women come in a broad price range. Pricier doesn’t always mean better quality. I often look for promos or combined product sales to purchase my beauty supplies.

Origins Original Skin Pore Perfecting Cooling Primer

Origins Original Skin Pore Perfecting Cooling Primer

Origins Original Skin Pore Perfecting Cooling Primer is a silky smooth cool mousse primer that when applied leaves your skin looking fresh with a soft glow. It also helps minimize the appearance of pores and leaves the skin looking smooth. It is recommended for all skin types.

Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector is a lightweight skin-smoothing primer that instantly refines skin texture and minimizes the appearance of pores. This Kiehl’s cream primer contains lipo hydroxy acid, bark extract and lentil extract and is good for all skin types and skin tones.

Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer

Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer

Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer is an oil-free face primer that absorbs quickly and is perfect for mature skin. It provides a blurred and softened look to your skin. It’s a great smooth face base for a long-lasting makeup look. This Lancôme primer is made for oily, normal, and dry skin.

REVLON Prime Plus Makeup and Skincare Primer

REVLON Prime Plus Makeup and Skincare Primer

REVLON Prime Plus Makeup + Skincare Primer is a lightweight and hydrating cream that brightens and improves the look of makeup by creating a flawless canvas so foundation goes on flawlessly. This primer leaves the skin with a subtle, hydrated looking glow.

L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Blurring Face Primer

L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Blurring Face Primer

L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Blurring Face Primer instantly smooths the look of fine lines and pores with a natural-looking, soft-focus finish. The blurring rosy formula is flattering on all skin tones, and it helps boost healthy looking radiant skin. It also works over time to improve the general appearance of your skin leaving it smoother and softer.

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Insta-Smooth Primer

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Insta-Smooth Primer

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Insta-Smooth Primer is an ultra-firming primer that visibly reduces the look of fine lines and pores while leaving the skin perfectly prepped for makeup. 

It’s made with Italian Glacial Water and Padina Pavonica. The hybrid formula leaves your skin feeling quenched with hydration while delivering an immediate and long-lasting tightening effect for firmer-feeling skin.

Tula Filter Primer Blurring & Moisturizing Primer

Tula Filter Primer Blurring & Moisturizing Primer

The TULA primer instantly smooths the look of uneven skin tone while creating a radiant base for makeup. As you blend this formula, it releases special skin-blurring properties that create a “filter-like” finish. This primer also helps to even skin tone over time. 

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer is different from other primers as it is a velvety compressed balm that smooths on easily and helps makeup last longer. It keeps makeup from seeping into your skin and also helps to prevent clogged pores.

Whatever primer you choose, make sure to look up product reviews and make an educated decision.

Do you use a face primer before applying your makeup? Which primer for mature skin is your favorite? What do you like about face primers and why do you use them? Do you have a primer to recommend to our fellow readers? Leave your comments below.

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The Author

Sandra is the middle-aged woman you hear about who sheds everything she owns and sets out into the world to rediscover and redefine herself. After more than twenty years spent in the fashion industry designing collections for brands such as La Senza, Victoria’s Secret, and JACOB Lingerie, she shifted her path and pursued her longtime passion for writing, traveling, and photography. Sandra was published in the NY Times best selling book Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. A deeply personal essay hand-picked by Elizabeth Gilbert about loss, facing fears, and going after dreams. Visit her website: www.sandraroussy.com

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