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Lois Joy Johnson

3 best makeup primers for women over 50

The right primer underneath your makeup can make a huge difference in how your makeup looks and wears. Here are my three favorite makeup primers.

1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (about $36, click here to buy)
A blend of vitamins and antioxidants plus silicone makes this nourishing primer the secret to a successful marriage between skin care and makeup. Smooth it on after sunscreen or treatment but before your concealer or foundation. I suggest the original colorless formula for everyone. It evens out your skin texture so that pores and lines don't interfere with your makeup application and your makeup lasts through anything.

2. Josie Maran Argan Oil (about $48, click to buy)
Multipurpose 100% organic extract has been used for centuries in Morocco as a de-ager and do-all beauty aid, and makeup primer. It's rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids and also works well as a serum, moisturizer, and to soften ragged, tough cuticles and flaky parched lips.  This product also comes in a Josie Maran Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick (about $22, click  to buy) for the same benefits in a portable format.

3. Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster SPF 15 Anti-Fatigue Cream, Enriched Primer and Mask (about $85.00, click to buy)
Only Trish could come up with this twist. It's a hydrating, firming, moisturizing primer that fills in fine lines under makeup, protects your skin from the sun, and makes foundation last longer. Apply it alone or layer it on thickly as a mask for fifteen minutes.

What's your favorite foundation primer?

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