Primers are a step in your beauty routine that shouldn’t be skipped! Blurring the boundaries between makeup and skincare, primers are the perfect way to boost your skin’s condition while ensuring your makeup goes on like a dream and lasts longer.
But not all primers are the same. There are primers to illuminate, hydrate, smooth, blur, control shine, and improve makeup’s longevity.
So to help make things a bit easier, we've put together this guide of what to consider when choosing a primer.
If you have ageing or mature skin, you can benefit big time from introducing a primer to your beauty collection.
Primers can smooth imperfections such as lines, large pores, and minor pitting; add an instant hydration boost; and ensure a perfected makeup canvas.
Keep reading to discover the best makeup primers for mature skin.
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What type of primer is best for mature skin?
When choosing a primer for a mature skin type, the keywords to look for are ‘hydrating’ and ‘anti-ageing’. Collagen and elastin are the proteins responsible for keeping skin plump and firm.
As skin ages, these substances break down, leading to a loss of fullness, smoothness, and elasticity.
An anti-aging primer is rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients to prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin. A hydrating primer helps plump and fill lines. Both benefit mature skin, but what’s the best choice for you?
Hydrating vs anti-aging primers
Everyone’s skin is unique. That means there’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to primers—even for mature skin types. Things to consider when you’re choosing a primer include:
Your skin type. Does your skin often feel dry and tight, or show stubborn dry patches?
Your environment. Do you live in a place with consistent sun, or extreme conditions such as cold or dryness?
Your habits. Are you often stressed? Do you usually get enough sleep? drink enough water? wear sunscreen?
If you answered ‘yes’ to dry patches, extreme conditions, or a lack of sleep or water, your skin is likely dehydrated. In these cases, a hydrating primer may the best choice. If you’re not feeling overly dry but spend a lot of time in the sun, neglect to wear sunscreen, or tend to miss out on rest due to stress, you may want to look for an anti-ageing primer.
Do I need to use a foundation primer for mature skin?
Nothing in makeup is ever essential. That said, you’ll surely notice a difference in both your skin condition and your makeup application if you add a foundation primer to your beauty routine.
For mature skin, a foundation primer is particularly beneficial, as it bridges the gap between makeup and skincare to ensure a smooth, long-lasting makeup with added skincare benefits.
What’s the best face primer for dry mature skin?
As collagen production slows with age, skin typically becomes drier and more dehydrated. No doubt if you have dry and ageing skin, you’ve already maxed out your ultra-hydrating moisturiser and oil-based foundation.
But adding a hydrating primer for mature skin is the perfect way to enjoy an extra boost.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer has been designed to add hydration to the skin for up to 48 hours, imparting a youthful and healthy glow. This melting gel primer instantly comforts and nourishes skin and can even be applied over makeup to smooth extra-dry patches.
Another hydrating primer pick that’s perfect for mature complexions is Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Hydra-Vault Primer. This beautiful product is infused with Vitamin C, Sodium Hyaluronate, Collagen, and Hydrolysed Protein Plant Complex to firm, brighten, and hydrate skin. This hydrating face primer also contains soft-focus powders to boost luminosity in dull skin.
The best blurring primer for mature skin
A blurring primer is another viable option for mature skin. Blurring primers diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while creating a smooth texture for easy and seamless makeup application. Gone are the days of patchy makeup!
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer is an illuminating face primer that diminishes the appearance of fine lines, pores, uneven skin texture, and dullness for a completely revitalised complexion. Whether you’re wearing the primer on its own or under makeup, skin will look brighter, healthier, and younger.
Alternatively, try Youngblood Mineral Primer. This blurring makeup primer uses skin-loving ingredients to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. At the same time, the natural formula enhances makeup longevity from morning to night. Boosted with Vitamin A and Vitamin E, this antioxidant primer also helps rejuvenate mature skin for a more youthful appearance.
The best organic primer for mature skin
If you’re after an organic primer for mature skin, we recommend Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener. This organic makeup primer is bursting with anti-ageing ingredients and natural botanicals to not only brighten and smooth skin but also firm, strengthen, and repair damaged and mature skin.
Containing a blend of peptides and vitamins, this nourishing primer really does offer the best properties of both makeup and skincare.
The best eyeshadow primer for mature skin
Face primers aren’t the only worthy addition to your beauty routine. An eyeshadow primer will also benefit your makeup application. Most eyeshadow primers are tinted to neutralise discolouration, which can be particularly noticeable on mature skin. Eye primers also help increase makeup longevity, which means no more smudged eyeshadow by midday!
theBalm Put A Lid On It Eyelid Primer is more than your standard eyeshadow primer. Enriched with anti-ageing peptides, this eyeshadow primer will brighten and firm the delicate eye contour for an illuminated finish. Put a Lid on It works to create a smooth canvas on the eyelid. Both cream and powder eyeshadows will apply evenly and easily, and look fresh throughout the day.
The Heir Atelier Eye Primer .17oz.is a hydrating eye primer that boosts moisture in dehydrated and dry skin. This eyeshadow primer is best used under powder eyeshadow and will stop fading, smudging, and blurring. It also neutralises dark circles and leaves your eyelids looking flawless.
The best all-rounder primer
If you want anti-ageing benefits, blurring, and hydrating, one of the best-rated primers for mature skin is Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer - GOLD. This product has gained cult status in the beauty industry as a must-have primer for ageing skin. Conditioning, soothing, and calming, this primer is suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive skin. Multifunctional Auto Pilot primer will help smooth fine lines, hydrate the skin, and impart a natural glow to mature skin.