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The Best Primers For Mature Skin

By Ellie Child - 1 month 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 pointless 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.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Good Morning Retexturizing Primer

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Good Morning Retexturizing Primer

I’ll be damned if anyone wakes up with a naturally peppy complexion, even after a full eight-hour sleep. However, this revitalizing primer wakes up and beautifies your complexion for you with its intoxicating blend of botanical boosters and vitamin A. Yep, you heard that right – this beauty must-have invigorates and smooths out skin with its lightweight formula, resulting in a refreshed complexion. *Adds to bag, IMMEDIATELY*.

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Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer

Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer

If you’re wanting your makeup to stick around in even the most trying of situations, this one is for you. Its oil-free formula means less shine and less reapplication, which in turn means more time for that coffee catch up. Better still, it utilizes light reflection to minimize the look of fine lines and signs of tiredness. Now, that’s something we can get on board with!

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bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer

bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer

We all know the importance of protecting fragile skin from UVA/B rays, which is why it’s vital to have at least one SPF-infused product. A good SPF primer can keep skin looking youthful and protected for when you’re perusing the shops whilst also keeping your look in place. This golden gem from bareMinerals smooths, protects and even brightens your complexion with its BB primer-cream formula, making it the cult-favorite it has become.

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Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30

Transform your skin into a canvas that’s velvet to the touch with this best-selling primer. Serving up 12 hours of makeup perfection, this colorless primer instantly reduces the size of pores, fine lines and uneven texture, leaving you with a canvas that’s soft, smooth and flawless. Better yet, an extra infusion of SPF 30 ensures that your skin is protected from sun exposure.

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Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow

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. There’s no doubt that you’re a Charlotte Tilbury fan – who isn’t? – and this unique primer makeup lives up to the luxe nature of CT products. 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.

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Farsali Unicorn Essence

Farsali Unicorn Essence

Treat your skin to the magical powers of Farsali’s Unicorn Essence. This dual-purpose serum is your fast track to skin that’s protected from environmental aggressors and prepped for makeup application. Composed with antioxidant superfruits such as acai, goji and blueberry, it boosts skin health all whilst minimizing fine lines and dark spots.

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Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Ageing Primer

Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer

Make way in your makeup collection for this powerhouse of a primer. This expert anti-ageing formula from Algenist is home to a cocktail of seven high-performing ingredients, all of which work around the clock to refine pores and blur fine lines. Once applied, you’ll be left with skin that’s satin-soft and ready to face the day.

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IT Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Anti-Ageing Collagen Veil Primer

IT Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Anti-Aging Collagen Veil Primer

Introducing: baby-soft skin in a bottle. Specially designed by plastic surgeons, the IT Cosmetics No.50 serum has skin looking brighter and smoother in seconds. Formulated with a mix of essential oils, antioxidants, vitamins and botanicals, it locks in that all-important moisture and gives skin a shine-free finish that’s perfect for makeup application.

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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

Some days, our complexions just don't live up to their full potential (usually due to sleepless nights, stress-filled days and an over-indulgence of caffeine). Luckily, this lightweight solution from Charlotte Tilbury is here to save the day. This innovative beauty essential combines the versatility of a primer with the glow of a highlighter for instantly beautified results that keep your makeup in place.

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Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

For truly flawless results, try adding an oil-free primer into your routine and discover your longest wear yet. The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer contains SPF 15 protection with mineral-derived sunscreens (titanium and zinc oxide), helping to protect and perfect your visage throughout even the most trying of times.

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Estée Lauder The Illuminator Radiant Perfecting Primer + Finisher

Estée Lauder The Illuminator Radiant Perfecting Primer + Finisher

This iconic formula is filled to the brim with a cocktail of nourishing and hydrating ingredients, meaning you get the benefits of a moisturizer as well as a gripping primer. Smoothing out fine lines, the primer injects a youthful glow into fatigued complexions for a peppy finish.

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ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Insta Smooth Primer

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Insta Smooth Primer

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.

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Avant Pro Perfecting Collagen Touche Eclat Primer

Avant Pro Perfecting Collagen Touche Eclat Primer

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.

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GUERLAIN Meteorites Base Primer

GUERLAIN Meteorites Base Primer

The Guerlain Météorites Bases is here to save your skin from dullness, fatigue and creasing, utilizing stardust technology to reflect light that hits the skin. The result? A soft-focus filter that diffuses light over the skin to correct the complexion. It's your new beauty weapon!

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Max Factor Miracle Beauty 3 In 1 Prep Primer

Max Factor Miracle Beauty 3 In 1 Prep Primer

All good things come in threes – and the Max Factor Miracle Beauty 3 In 1 Prep Primer is no exception! Combining three skin-enhancing actions together, this makeup must-have extends the longevity of makeup, protects against pollution, UV rays and blue light, and shields against harmful sun exposure. It's the perfect solution for fighting off age-inducing aggressors.

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Armani UV Master Primer

Armani UV Master Primer

In Armani we trust. Our favorite designer powerhouse 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.

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Paula's Choice Resist Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30

Paula's Choice Resist Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30

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

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Clinique Superprimer Face Primer

Clinique Superprimer Face Primer

Clinique have provided us with many elite products over the years, their Superprimer Face Primer being one of our favorites. Loved for its lightweight texture, this primer wears effortlessly throughout the day while color correcting any uneven skin tones. If there was ever a handbag product that you absolutely needed, it would be this!

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer

The Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer tops beauty charts on the daily due to its golden, light-reflecting formulation. The fluid formula blends in effortlessly and delivers a silky finish that blurs out fine lines, enlarged pores and dullness. It's our beauty savior!

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Natasha Denona Lifting Primer Anti-Aging Serum

Natasha Denona Lifting Primer Anti-Aging Serum

Boasting a fluid formula, the Natasha Denona Lifting Primer Anti-Aging Serum targets fine lines and pores to reveal unified surface and flawless results. Better still, this primer-serum hybrid is filled to the brim with a deeply nourishing blend of anti-ageing ingredients that get to work throughout the day, revealing a naturally balanced complexion that can be rocked every day.

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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.