The Best Primers for Women Over 50… and Why You Need One!

February 21, 2018 By
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A few weeks back during my Facebook LIVE beauty event, I shared one of the secret weapons in my make up bag — primer — with the promise to talk more about this magical little product. So, without further ado, here’s a “primer” on why makeup primer is a must-have in the makeup bags of women over 50. The best primers for women over 50… and why you need one!

Primer is the secret to flawless makeup after 50.

You apply a primer after your moisturizer and before your foundation. A primer is just what it sounds like; similar to priming your walls before you paint them, a primer allows foundation to apply smoothly.

Today’s primers are designed to make your skin look smooth, silky, reduce the appearance of pores and hold your makeup in place for hours.

Register to win one of my favorite primers for women over 50, by Maybelline, here

The Best Primers for Women Over 50

My pick: Sisley


Sisley Primer

I personally use Sisley-Paris’ Instant Eclat, an illuminating primer that erases shadowy areas and signs of tiredness. This non-greasy formula contains kiwi, Butcher’s Broom, and Padina Pavonica extracts to help moisturize, energize, tone, and plump the complexion. Get it for $90 here:

Win it: Maybelline Master Prime


Maybelline Primer


Designed to hydrate and smooth, this weightless primer is not only capable of refining the look and feel of your skin, but keeping your makeup in place from morning until evening. And at less than $10, this primer is a great one to try out if you have never used one before! You can purchase it here:

Drugstore Primer: Revlon Perfecting Skin Primer


Revlon Primer


Another primer at a lower price point is Revlon’s Photoready primer. This product smoothes and softens your skin while reducing fine lines. It also tones your skin, allowing the perfect blank canvas for your makeup masterpieces, darlings. At just $12.49, this primer is another wonderful option if you have never used a primer before and would like to try it out. Click here to purchase:

Ideal for all skin types: LancôMe Visionnaire 1-Minute Blur Instant Perfector


Lancome Primer


If you’re looking for a more powerful formula to reduce fine lines, the look of pores, and smooth your skin’s overall texture, this primer is formulated to produce great results on any skin type… and in as little as one minute! Not to mention, your skin will be left feeling silky and comfortable with a velvety matte finish all day long. Get this primer for $60 here:

Wrinkle smoothing primer: Nars Instant Line and Pore Perfector


Nars Primer


If you’re looking for seamless skin, another cost-effective option is this primer, which smoothes the appearance of fine lines while reducing large pores to deliver that sought-after smoothing effect. The best parts? It won’t dry out your skin and it can be used before or after makeup application! Snag it for $28 here:

What are your favorites?

Have you tried a makeup primer? What do you think the best primers for women over 50 are? Do tell!  I would love to hear what shoes you swear by (and where you purchased them, of course)! You can comment below or find me on FacebookTwitter and even… Instagram. Let’s chat!

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  • Judi Zeleny says:

    I actually have recently started using a primer, I know in my 60’s and I’m finally doing it. And I love it how it makes my skin feel and my makeup stay all day. I can definitely tell and see a difference. Thanks Honey.

  • Meredith OLSON says:

    My email was not accepted to enter a chance to win primer.

  • Kathy says:

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  • Nancy says:

    Hi Honey, first of all I love your make-up tips and reflections on life. My personal favorite primer is Too Faced Hangover RX….this product goes on so smooth and really perks up my skin, so I don’t need to use a lot of foundation. However, I think it retails around $30.00. I am going to try the NARS , I do like to mix it up a bit and have a choice or two of different brands for the same product.
    I always check your latest blog to start my great day…..

  • dc says:

    Primer is the best thing you can put on your face to make your make-up glide on and last a long time. I don’t find much difference in the brands themselves, all of them do a good job. I like the primers that also do a 2nd job, that of erasing redness in your skin for example. Just don’t apply too heavily.

  • Rose says:

    Can’t seem to enter for the primer? Thanks Honey!

  • Monique Herriman says:

    I have a few different primers. What I would like to know is if there is a primer that not only smoothes your wrinkles and “blurs” or fills in your pores but one that tightens & firms your skin (especially neck and under eye area); and while we’re at it why not throw in an SPF for UVA and UVB?

    Does a primer like that exist or is that too much to ask? How about a foundation, is there a foundation out there with all those things?

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