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The Best Primers For Mature Skin

By Ellie Child - 3 years ago | Updated
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With an overwhelmingly large selection of primers to choose from, finding the right one for you and your skin can seem a little, well, off-putting. Besides, aren’t primers just another gimmick created by cosmetic companies?

The answer to that is a resounding no. Sure, the uprising of primers is a relatively new notion, but there are a variety of very good reasons as to why they’ve become so popular. Finding the right primer can lead you on a direct pathway to longer-lasting makeup, smoother skin and blurred out imperfections.

If you’re struggling to find the right primer among all of the ludicrous names and jazzy-looking bottles then have a browse through our no-fuss, comprehensive guide to primers for mature skin.

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Insta Smooth Primer

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Insta Smooth Primer

£46.92 £58.00 (20% off)

Collagen is a girl's best friend when it comes to maintaining a youthful visage, and luckily, this primer has heaps of the stuff included within its mix. This 2020 beauty award-winner has combined a cryo-firming complex together with Italian glacial water and padina pavonica to reduce the appearance of visible lines and uneven skin textures.

Avant Pro Perfecting Collagen Touche Eclat Primer

Avant Pro Perfecting Collagen Touche Eclat Primer

£90.25 £105.00 (15% off)

Get your hands on the perfect canvas with a primer that covers all areas. Lock down your look with the Avant Pro Perfecting Collagen Touche Eclat Primer and make the most of your foundation. Containing the all-important skin care ingredient, collagen, this mattifying primer helps to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines for a naturally youthful complexion on demand.

Murad Prebiotic 3 In 1 MultiMist

Murad Prebiotic 3 In 1 MultiMist

£27.46

Treat your skin to the magical powers of the Murad Prebiotic 3-in-1 MultiMist. This multi-purpose primer is your fast track to skin that’s protected from environmental aggressors and prepped for makeup application. Composed with hydrating sugars to moisturise and refresh skin, yeast peptides and prebiotics, it rebalances skin and delivers a healthy, luminous glow.

Colorescience Brightening Primer SPF 20

Colorescience Brightening Primer SPF 20

£32.77 £34.49 (5% off)

The Colorescience Brightening Primer SPF 20 is here to save your skin from dullness, fatigue and creasing. Enriched with a yellow tint, the face-perfecting primer boosts skin luminosity and counteracts the appearance of dark spots and blemishes. The result? A soft-focus finish that's bright, youthful and glowing. It's your new beauty weapon!

theBalm timeBalm Face Primer With Vitamins A C & E

theBalm timeBalm Face Primer With Vitamins A C & E

£12.50

A little bit makeup, a little bit skincare — the timeBalm Face Primer with Vitamins A, C & E from theBalm packs all that you need to achieve a flawless complexion. Featuring three essential vitamins, this primer helps to even out skin tone and texture, repair sun damage and shield against free radicals, all whilst smoothing and softening skin for a seamless blend.

REN Perfect Canvas Clean Primer

REN Perfect Canvas Clean Primer

£39.17 £42.00 (7% off)

For truly flawless results, try adding a probiotic-infused primer into your routine and discover your glowiest wear yet. The REN Perfect Canvas Clean Primer contains a probiotic extract that encourages cell renewal, meaning your skin looks and feels its best.

STARSKIN Orglamic Pink Cactus Serum Mist

STARSKIN Orglamic Pink Cactus Serum Mist

£32.46

STARSKIN Orglamic Pink Cactus Serum Mist is a next-generation, dual-phase serum mist that blends superfoods with cactus liquid to create a priming concentrate that moisturises and illuminates skin and makeup, all day long. It can even be used as a facial spray and a mid-day hydration shot for instant radiance.

Max Factor Miracle Prep Colour Correcting & Cooling Primer

Max Factor Miracle Prep Colour Correcting & Cooling Primer

£8.20

All good things come in threes – and the Max Factor Miracle Prep Colour Correcting & Cooling Primer. is no exception! Combining three skin-enhancing actions together, this makeup must-have extends the longevity of makeup, colour corrects age spots and soothes irritable, heated skin types for a calmed complexion. It's the perfect solution for fighting off those tell-tale age signs.

Paula's Choice Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30

Paula's Choice Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30

£11.30

If your like your makeup to boast clean labels, Paula's Choice is your go-to brand. This cruelty-free formula banishes the likes of alcohol, sulphates and other skin care nasties, all the while keeping your makeup in place without any cakiness.

Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Boost Multi-Perfection 5-in-1 Smoothing Primer

Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Boost Multi-Perfection 5-in-1 Smoothing Primer

£20.79 £25.50 (19% off)

If you’re wanting your makeup to stick around in even the most trying of situations, this one is for you. Its five-in-one multi-perfection formula means less shine and less reapplication, which in turn means more time for that coffee catch up. Better still, it utilises a gel-like texture to minimise the look of fine lines and signs of tiredness. Now, that’s something we can get on board with!

Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30

Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30

£38.95 £49.00 (21% off)

Transform your skin into a canvas that’s velvet to the touch with this best-selling primer. Serving hours of long-wearing makeup perfection, this colourless primer instantly reduces the size of pores, fine lines and uneven texture, leaving you with a canvas that’s soft, smooth and flawless.

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Beauty Base Pearl All-in-One Moisturising Primer

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Beauty Base Pearl All-in-One Moisturising Primer

£20.79

In Aimee Connolly we trust. This makeup guru has created an elite and deeply luxurious primer that sets out to keep your makeup in place from the AM to the PM. Delivering an illuminating action, the formula enhances makeup application and helps out dull skin with a soft glow.

Inglot Cosmetics Rosie For Inglot 365 Skin Perfector

Inglot Cosmetics Rosie For Inglot 365 Skin Perfector

£19.96 £22.00 (10% off)

The great thing about this particular primer is that it can be used in a multitude of ways: wear it underneath foundation as a traditional primer, on its own for a glowing, dewy look or on top of foundation as an instant skin pick-me-up. If you’re looking for a healthy glow that blurs out the look of fine lines, this is the primer you need to invest in.

Alpha-H Vitamin C Paste 10% L'ascorbic Acid

Alpha-H Vitamin C Paste 10% L'ascorbic Acid

£45.79

Introducing: baby-soft-skin in a bottle. Specially designed by the skin care experts behind Alpha-H, this primer has skin looking brighter and smoother in seconds. The potent formula utilises 10% L-ascorbic acid, shea butter and vitamin C to double up as an age-defying treatment that fights back against the depletion of collagen. Skin is left soft, smooth and glowing before makeup application.

The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer

The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer

£4.96 £5.25 (6% off)

Boasting a fluid formula, the The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer helps to mattify and hydrate your complexion for a shine-free finish. The gel primer is enriched with adaptive silicone particles so that liquid, cream and powder makeup products stay put. Fine lines, uneven texture, enlarged pores and imperfections are blurred, making this primer a great choice with or without makeup.


Want to find out what else you can do for your complexion? Then check out The Best Foundations for Mature Skin and The Best 5 Moisturisers for Mature Skin.

Ellie Child

Written by Ellie Child

With five years’ experience under her belt, Ellie has worked alongside a range of highly regarded makeup artists, giving her a real insight into what consumers should be spending their money on.

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