Editor Tip: For a match made in makeup heaven, go in with Yummy Skin Serum Foundation. “This foundation is the very definition of luminous,” former associate news editor Gabi Thorne said in her review. “My skin looked extremely glowy without an ounce of highlighter on my face.”
Key Ingredients: Squalane, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid | Who It’s For: People with discoloration
Best Lightweight: Tarte Base Tape Hydrating Primer
Why It’s Worth It: You might not have scored an invite to a #TrippinWithTarte press trip (yet!) but the brand’s Base Tape Hydrating Primer is too good to ignore. Infused with moisturizing jojoba, coconut, and vitamin E, this hydrating makeup primer replenishes thirsty skin and leaves it baby-soft. According to Figueroa, “It’s like applying a moisturizer but it also helps your makeup stay put all day.”
Editor Tip: It has the faint scent of coconut, so if you’re sensitive to scents, this might not be the one for you.
Key Ingredients: Coconut, jojoba, centella asiatica | Who It’s For: Those with dry skin
Best With SPF: Image Skincare Prevention+ Daily Perfecting Primer SPF 50
Why It’s Worth It: According to Stern, the Image Skincare Prevention+ Daily Perfecting Primer is a great option for anyone serious about protecting their skin from harsh outer elements (like the sun and living in a city). And the best part? It’s tinted, so there’s no pressure to wear foundation afterward if you choose not to.
Editor Tip: It uses mineral sunscreen filters titanium dioxide and iron oxide.
Key Ingredients: Sunflower seed oil, gluconolactone, glycerin | Who It’s For: People who want to streamline their routine
Frequently Asked Questions
What ingredients are best for mature skin?
If you’re looking for a primer for mature skin in particular, makeup artist Emily Gray recommends focusing on skin-care ingredients that provide hydration and soothing benefits, such as hyaluronic acid and aloe vera. Another ingredient to consider is niacinamide, which can help perfect the skin’s texture.
Just as important is what to leave out. For instance, “avoid formulations that contain stripping ingredients and unnecessary oils,” Gray warns, as these can emphasize signs of mature skin. Opt for a lightweight primer that won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles, creating a smooth canvas for foundation, concealer, and whatever else you’ve got going on.
How we test and review products
Before reviewing any makeup, we ask questions about a number of factors: What ingredients are in it? Does the brand offer a wide shade range inclusive of consumers with all skin tones and undertones? Is it safe for readers who have sensitive skin or wear contact lenses? Is it on the affordable side or more of a splurge? Is its packaging consciously designed or needlessly wasteful?