Once we’ve hit our 50’s, it’s hard to believe how much our skin has changed.
It didn’t use to have that youthful glow and yet we strive to retain that glow that we always knew we had, of course, with the help of makeup.
However, as our skin ages, our needs change as well.
And to bring out the luster from your makeup, you need to use a primer.
Here is a complete guide on why and how to use and how to choose the best primer for over 50.
- 1 Why is a primer important for mature skin?
- 2 How do you apply primer?
- 3 Tips in Looking for the Right Primer for Your Mature Skin
- 4 Top Primers for over 50
- 4.1 Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
- 4.2 Lancome La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer
- 4.3 Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer
- 4.4 Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Makeup Primer
- 4.5 Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener
- 4.6 SkinCeuticals’ Hydrating B5 Gel
- 4.7 DHC Velvet Skin Coat
- 4.8 Estée Lauder The Illuminator Radiant Perfecting Primer + Finisher
- 4.9 Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base
- 4.10 Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer
- 4.11 Premium Foundation Makeup Primer by Bellezza Secreto
- 4.12 Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer
- 4.13 Origins Original Skin Pore Perfecting Cooling Primer
- 4.14 Milani Make It Last 3-in-1 Setting Spray – Prime + Correct + Set
- 4.15 NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer
- 4.16 Radiant Complex Face Primer
Why is a primer important for mature skin?
As our skin changes, the skin’s needs change as well. As our body further matures, everything reflects on our skin, and oftentimes, it’s not in a good light.
Here’s how we end up relying on the power of makeup to defy the aging process.
However, the more we put on makeup and never actually wash it off worsens the condition of our skin.
And to prevent that from happening, you need to protect your skin from the ill effects of wearing makeup for a long time.
And the first step to protecting your skin is by adding an additional step to wearing makeup, use a primer.
- Creates a canvas for makeup
- Balances your skin type
- Prolongs the color of your makeup
- Adds an extra layer of protection
- Boosts skin hydration
- Lessens breakouts
How do you apply primer?
Slapping it on your face is hardly the right thing to do, especially when your skin is already sensitive and prone to damage. Like any normal cream, oil, or lotion, you need to gently apply it to your face.
- Just put a pea-sized amount of cream or lotion and spread it between your middle and ring fingers.
- Spread the primer from the sides of your nose outward to your cheeks and upward to your ears and temples.
- From the middle of your brow gently spread it over your forehead towards your temples.
- Slowly even out the primer over your nose
- And finally, from the middle of your chin outwards
These gentle streaks help lift your skin and prep it for makeup.
Tips in Looking for the Right Primer for Your Mature Skin
1. Look for Moisturizing Primers
Most mature skin easily dries out and has trouble locking in moisture. Hydrating and moisturizing primers are great for mature skin because they prevent your skin from drying out.
2. Opt for an Oil-free Formula
Mature skin does not do well with oil-based products. They clog and widen the pores making it hard for your skin to breathe.
3. Skip Mattifying Primers
Mattifying primers pulls the moisture from your skin. Mattifying products are great for those with oily skin. But even if some over 50 have oily skin, they also shouldn’t look for mattifying products because it absorbs the moisture from your skin making it prone to damage.
4. Choose Light and Easy to Apply Primers
You don’t want to drown your skin with thick products, choose for light creams or gels that are easier for your skin to absorb.
Top Primers for over 50
Now, let’s review the best makeup primers for over 5o.
Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
Best Primer for Hydration
Perfect for adding an extra layer of hydration, the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer is great for mature skin that is prone to dryness.
The primer is light and creamy and provides a dewy look on your face adding radiance to your skin.
With coconut water as its main ingredient, your skin not only gets hydrated but also maintains this hydration adding to that dewy effect.
Lancome La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer
Luxury Primer for Thick Makeup
This primer acts like a second skin that smoothes your skin with its Elasto-Smooth technology.
It’s great for mature skin because it is oil-free. It also refines the skin and evens out most of your permanent dark spots like freckles, dark spots, and uneven skin tone.
Lancome is made of skin-friendly elements that leave your skin looking beautifully radiant.
Lancome is a bit on the expensive side but it is definitely worth the price because your skin is always looking bright and beautiful.
Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer
Best for Oily Skin
Rihanna sure knows what is good for the skin because this primer is ideal for those who suffer from excessive oil.
Easily absorbed by the skin, this primer not only controls the amount of oil on your skin but also lays a great base for foundation.
It helps prolong your foundation and prevent your foundation and keeping it natural-looking.
What’s great about this is that it prevents your skin from looking like lit up headlights. It reduces the amount of oil on your skin.
It leaves your skin feeling dewy. It also prevents your makeup from feeling chalky.
Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Makeup Primer
Best for Nourishing Mature Skin
This is a great product that really penetrates your skin and nourishes it from within.
The primer is creamy and is a little bit thick, you may need to spread it over your fingers first and never apply it to your skin directly.
But as a primer for makeup, it prolongs your makeup lessening the times you’ll need to touch up your makeup throughout the day.
On its own, it can act as a moisturizer that will leave your skin looking fresh and radiant. The primer comes in 16 shades that are suitable for different ethnic colors.
Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener
Best for Aging Skin with Acne
Doesn’t it seem unfair to not only deal with sagging skin and wrinkles but you’re also still getting periodic breakouts?
Though mature skin has fewer chances of getting acne, it’s not impossible. To prevent breakouts, we suggest that you try the Jane Iredale Facial Primer.
Formulated with green and white tea, it offers anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects on top of it being a strong antioxidant.
This formula is great for those who still get pimples even when they’re older.
SkinCeuticals’ Hydrating B5 Gel
Best for Mature Skin with Hyperpigmentation
Powered by Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B, your skin gets nourished and treated with this primer.
Not only is it a great primer that lays a wonderful base for your makeup, but it’s also a great standalone moisturizer.
It leaves your skin feeling smooth and supple and helps control hyperpigmentation.
Though it doesn’t really have any concealing effect, it’s a great primer for mature skin that easily gets damaged under the sun or by pollution.
DHC Velvet Skin Coat
Best Canvas for Makeup
Many makeup artists use the DHC Velvet Skin Coat because it offers the perfect canvas for makeup.
No matter what type of skin you have, it evens out the color of skin and smoothes the fine lines making your skin a great blank slate for makeup.
It also doesn’t have a ‘drying time’ because it is easily absorbed by the skin.
It contains olive oil, a natural hydrator for the skin. This makes your skin feel velvety and smooth.
Estée Lauder The Illuminator Radiant Perfecting Primer + Finisher
Best for Revitalizing Maturing Skin
Made with natural ingredients, you will never go wrong with this product.
Designed for mature skin, the Estee Lauder Illuminator contains vitamin E, rice bran essence, and shea butter enriching your skin.
These ingredients improve the look and feel of your skin. It treats oiliness and dryness as well as reduces fine lines.
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base
The Best Primer + Moisturizer
If you’re looking for a primer that doubles as a moisturizer, then the Bobbi Brown Face Base is just the right choice.
Formulated with natural ingredients like geranium and grapefruit for gentle aromatherapy it includes a nice uplifting feel and scent on the skin.
In addition, it is packed with vitamins B, C, D, and E leaving your skin naturally moisturized. This is perfect for combination skin type.
Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer
Best Primer for Day to Day Makeup
Made for all types of skin, this primer is a wonderful cream designed to keep your skin looking evenly toned.
Acting like a gentle concealer it subtly reduces fine lines and dark spots so that you won’t have the need to wear a thick concealer.
This makes your skin look more natural and beautiful
The Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer works great in diffusing light making your skin look flawless and airbrushed but not chalky.
This primer is also free of dangerous chemicals that promote skin aging.
Premium Foundation Makeup Primer by Bellezza Secreto
Best Primer for Reducing Fine Lines
Fine lines and wrinkles are permanent manifestations of aging. And it’s one of the main concerns of aging skin.
This primer by Bellezza Secreto targets refining your skin and effectively reducing your fine lines.
This is a great anti-aging primer since it is enriched with vitamins A and E.
What’s more, it is made with organic ingredients protecting your skin from pollutants that speed up your skin’s aging process.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer
Best Primer Gel for A Naturally Dewy Look
This gel primer is so light it feels like a serum that is easily absorbed by the skin. It adds an extra luster to your usually dry skin.
This primer is made for the skin to absorb easily. It refines the skin preparing it for makeup application.
It also adds an extra layer of protection while reducing redness and brightens your skin.
Origins Original Skin Pore Perfecting Cooling Primer
Best for Pore Tightening
After years of wearing makeup, your pores tend to get clogged up and widen, and as you age, your pores naturally get wider.
Investing in the Origins Original Skin Pore Perfecting Primer is a great way of preventing your pores from getting larger.
It’s an effective primer in minimizing the appearance of your pores while actively tightening it. It also brightens dull skin and evens out excessive oil.
Milani Make It Last 3-in-1 Setting Spray – Prime + Correct + Set
Best Primer for All Skin Type And Color
Clear, melts in your face, and does everything you want your primer to do and more.
The Milani Make It Last Setting Spray is a 3-in-1 primer that sets your skin preparing it for makeup.
Not only that but it brightens your dull skin and adds luster to dry skin.
You can even wear it as a stand-alone mist since it also moisturizes your skin and protects it from pollutants floating in the air.
NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer
Best in Value Primer for Normal Skin
Made to be as gentle as an angel, they NYX Angel Veil perfecting primer revitalizes your skin making it look and feel young.
It minimizes shine and gives your skin a more flawlessly airbrushed look.
This is great for mature skin that has hyperpigmentation or dark spots.
Radiant Complex Face Primer
Best Pore Filler
Formulated the best pore filler without causing any breakouts or worsening already large pores, the Radiant Complex Face Primer is a primer that does that all.
Not only that but it also offers a great canvas for makeup and doubles as a concealer for its light tint.
It evens out your skin tone and also reduces the appearance of light blemishes. You will love that this is great for combination types skin especially for those who have oily skin.