Best face primers for mature skin: women over 50

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If you've been in the beauty industry, you're probably aware that many professional makeup artists and beauty vloggers use primers, especially the best foundation primer for mature skin.

A good makeup primer is a must for any makeup lover, providing a smooth, long-lasting base to keep your look on point all day.

But What If I Told You There Was A Better Way?

For better makeup application, use skin prep—it's way better than just any hydrating primer.

After years of searching for the best facial primer for all skin conditions, especially for women in their 50s+, I realized that the answer has been right in front of us all along—skin prep is the best foundation primer for aging skin.

Are you ready to achieve a flawless makeup look?

From Esthetician to Makeup Artist

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When I did makeup in my Chicago makeup studio, I used to do full facials before I did a makeup application. And what I learned was that makeup always looked better on skin that had just had a facial. But, who has time for a full facial before makeup everyday? So I created a skincare line that is like an express facial to use before makeup or go without. 

I've learned that the best way to minimize signs of fine lines and texture under makeup is to ensure your skin is hydrated, cleansed, and properly exfoliated when applying makeup. In short, prepping your skin before makeup is your top-rated primer for mature skin!

With skin prep, you can achieve a truly radiant look that lasts all day, while maintaining beautiful, healthy skin.

Why Facial Primer Might Not Be Your Best Friend After All

As we age, our skin undergoes various changes, which means that our makeup needs also evolve. It's not uncommon for older women to use facial primers to achieve a velvety smooth surface for makeup application. However, it seems that using a moisturizing primer might not be the best choice for mature skin.

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The appearance of fine lines and dehydrated skin is a common concern for us women of a certain age, and primer may not be the most effective solution. 

In fact, using primer on mature skin can accentuate these issues, making skin texture appear more prominent and highlighting fine lines.

Facial primers are indeed helpful in making your skin look great 'with' makeup but it's still different to actually have good skin 'under' your makeup. It's true that primers are a must-have however, it's still important to consider their compatibility with your skin type. 

For women over 40, there may be other products or techniques that can better address their specific skin concerns and create a flawless, age-appropriate look, like skincare.

Common issues mature skin may experience with primer usage include:

Middle-aged woman with enlarged pores and problem skin
Older woman checking fine lines and wrinkles
  • Clogging of pores

  • Emphasizing fine lines and wrinkles

  • Creating a thick, cakey texture

  • Causing irritation or allergic reactions

  • Making skin look dull or lifeless

  • Interfering the benefits of anti-aging skincare products

  • Making age spots more noticeable

  • Making makeup appear uneven or patchy

  • Contributing to excess oil production or shine

Why Skin Prep is the Best Face Primers for Mature Skin

I hear you loud and clear, and I understand your confusion about skin prep.

You may be wondering, "Skin prep? Sonia, why do I need that when I'm already doing my 11-step K-beauty routine?" 

Well, skin prep isn't just something pro makeup artists and estheticians just suddenly thought of doing. It is designed to make your skin smoother before makeup application resulting in an even more flawless makeup look.

Skin prep is an essential step, especially for those with mature skin, if you want your makeup to look flawless and natural. Applying makeup on unprepared skin can highlight any imperfections and make your makeup look unpolished. Who wants that, right?

Imagine putting all that effort into preparing the perfect outfit for a big event, only to have your makeup fall short. No one wants to look dull and lifeless on their special day. And let's not forget about day-to-day looks for work or social events. You don't want to look like you never sleep, do you?

That's where skin prep comes in—it helps to address concerns like dry skin and the appearance of pores, creating a smooth canvas for makeup application. So, the next time you're tempted to skip this step, remember that skin prep is the new primer for mature skin, and it's the key to flawless and natural-looking makeup.

Experience the power of skin prep—the new primer for mature skin!

The benefits of skin prep for your beautiful skin:

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Middle-aged woman admiring her fresh skin makeup in the mirror
  • Creates a smooth canvas for makeup to sit on
  • Minimizes pores and evens out the texture
  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Provides a barrier between your skin and your makeup, helping it last longer
  • Prevents makeup from sliding off or melting, especially in humid climates or on oily skin
  • Can improve overall skin texture and appearance
  • Allows for easier and more even makeup application
  • Helps makeup look more natural and blend seamlessly with your skin
  • Can be tailored to specific skin concerns, such as redness, dullness, or uneven skin tone
  • Leaves skin feeling hydrated and nourished even after makeup application

Steps on How to Prep Mature Skin for Flawless Finish

Skin Prep Step: Exfoliate, cleanse, and hydrate for flawless makeup
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This step is an essential step in any skincare routine that helps to create a perfect canvas for maximum hydration. And  Sexapeel is the best in this game!

SexApeel is a gentle exfoliator that contains natural ingredients like lactic acid and pineapple enzymes to effectively dissolve dead skin cells. This magical product helps to smooth the base of your skin, making it look brighter and more youthful. And guess what? It's perfect for sensitive skin too!

After using SexApeel, your skin will feel soft, refreshed, and ready to receive maximum hydration. Plus, it helps to remove dark spots and other imperfections, leaving you with a beautiful dewy finish. 

To use Sexapeel, apply a small amount of the product onto your fingertips and massage it onto your damp face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Massage gently for about one minute, then rinse off thoroughly with warm water. Use once or twice a week to help remove dead skin cells and reveal smoother, more radiant skin. 


My number one cleansing secret?  Japanese Cleansing Oil. This innovative product is a game-changer, serving as both a makeup remover and a facial cleanser. Say goodbye to a cluttered skincare routine and hello to simplicity with this all-in-one solution.

Our Japanese Cleansing Oil gently cleans your face leaving it soft and free of impurities. It's able to do that even without stripping away your skin's natural oil and lipids. These essential components are crucial for maintaining a healthy skin barrier and promoting overall skin health. After using this cleanser, you'll notice a smoother look of pores, nourished skin, and a natural glow that rivals a professional facial. With this cleansing oil, you can achieve a smoother and more flawless finish for your glam look.

To use Japanese Cleansing Oil, start by applying a small amount of the oil to your dry hands and gently massage it onto your dry face, including your eye area if you have makeup on. Then, add warm water to your face and massage again to emulsify the oil. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Make sure to add this cleanser to your daily skincare routine -- and oh, you may add it to your makeup bag too! You don't want to miss cleansing before wearing makeup, do you?


Making sure your skin is hydrated is key to having a radiant and flawless makeup look, especially if you’re already in your 40s or 50s. Skin tends to sag when it ages causing large pores, wrinkles, and dry skin to become more visible. Good thing, I have come up with a really good skincare kit for mature skin;  The Ageless Beauty Kit.

The Ageless Beauty Skin Prep Heroes:

We've got the ultimate hydration hack to help you achieve a flawless finish! Introducing Water Elixir, the secret weapon to maximize your skin's moisture levels post-cleansing and exfoliating.

This elixir is a game-changer—a lightweight formula that feels like a refreshing burst of goodness on your skin. It helps in soothing and nourishing your skin from within, thanks to its powerful antioxidants and hydrating ingredients: hyaluronic acid and aloe vera.




Your skin ages with time, but with the right beauty products and prep routine for different skin types, you can always put your best face forward!

To use Water Elixir, start by cleansing and exfoliating your skin. Apply two or three pumps of Water Elixir into clean hands. Wait for a few seconds to let it fully absorb into your skin before applying your moisturizer. For best results, use Sonia Roselli Water Elixir in the morning and evening as part of your regular skincare routine.

Water Oil Skin Prep is a lightweight, multi-tasking formula designed for dry, sensitive, and mature skin. It combines the benefits of nine facial oils and serums into one, providing deep hydration, and nourishment, and creating a flawless canvas for your makeup. The product is formulated to improve skin texture and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. This step is crucial in your makeup routine as it prepares your skin for flawless makeup application, plus it glides and works perfectly with different makeup products.

To use Water Oil Skin Prep, start by spraying the mist onto your face, neck, and décolletage. Next, apply Sonia Roselli Water Oil by adding one or two pumps to your palms and pressing them together. Gently work the product into your skin for an extra boost of hydration. Finally, follow up with Sonia Roselli Water Balm Skin Prep to lock in the hydration and create a smooth base for your makeup.

Sonia Roselli's Water Balm Skin Prep is a highly effective hydrating product that provides deep moisturization and nourishment to the skin. It also helps create a smooth and flawless base for makeup, ensuring that it lasts all day long. What’s even better about this product, is how it’s also able to accommodate even oily skin and combination types—a true all-rounder, indeed!

To use Sonia Roselli Water Balm, take a small amount of the balm on your fingertips and gently massage it into your skin until fully absorbed. Allow it to sink in for a few minutes before applying makeup for the best results. Give your skin the care and attention it deserves with Sonia Roselli's Water Balm Skin Prep.

Whether you are aiming for a mattifying primer or a water-based primer, you can never go wrong with these hydration and ageless beauty heroes from our skin arsenal—‘cause for me, as an experienced esthetician and pro makeup artist, there is no better way to prime your skin than properly doing your skin prep routine. By doing these steps, you can be sure that your makeup will last for a long time. No more worrying about your makeup looking cakey in an all-day event!

Boost the longevity of makeup on aging skin with the power of skin prep

Timeless beauty: Stunning mature woman with flawless makeup

Sonia Roselli Skin Prepping regimen is the perfect solution to help bring your skin back to life with its amazing formula that works wonders for all skin types. By following our skin-prepping regimen, you can achieve a longer-lasting, flawless finish makeup look on aging skin.

Our blend of hyaluronic acid and other high-quality ingredients will hydrate your skin and create a smooth surface, allowing makeup to adhere better and stay put for hours on end. And the best part? Our formula is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, so you don't have to worry about any irritation or discomfort.

If you're ready to embrace your age gracefully or simply want to keep your makeup looking fresh all day, Sonia Roselli Skin Prepping is the great option you've been searching for. Say goodbye to mediocre makeup and hello to a radiant, youthful-looking complexion that will leave you feeling confident and beautiful at the end of the day.

So why wait? Try Sonia Roselli's Skin Prep regimen today and experience the difference for yourself. Our specially formulated products are designed to improve your skin health, enhance your makeup application, and give you the little help you need to take on whatever the day may bring. Head over to our skin prep collection now and discover the amazing secrets we have in our skincare arsenal. 

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