Your BFF (Beauty Find Friday): Makeup Primers

Tough out those engagment photo sessions beautifully with the right pre-makeup makeup.

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Makeup primers are like Spanx for your skin. They smooth, conceal, and keep you looking amazing, no matter what you wear over it.

To even out skin tone, decrease shine, and keep makeup in place during long days, start your routine with a proper primer.

Here are a few of our favorites for an “I woke up like this” beauty that lasts all day.

Cinema Secrets Super Sealer Spray ($12)

This spray is especially great for outdoor photos during Boston’s muggy July and August months. It protects against heat and humidity, so makeup doesn’t slide off your skin mid-smile. Expert tip: If you have an oily complexion, mist it on before your foundation, then again after your makeup is done.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance ($20)

This primer is all about luminous, youthful skin. A colorless gel, it smooths on softly for a dewy glow that works double-time to keep your makeup in place. Bonus: It has anti-aging properties from Vitamins A, C, and E.

Make Up For Ever STEP1 Skin Equalizer ($31)

It’s like a backup system for your foundation, making it easier to apply, do its job, and stay put. Bonus: MUFE offers a giant dating pool of primers. There are 10 formulas for every texture and concern, so pick your best match.

Smashbox Photo Finish ($42)

Just a small amount applied all over your face with your fingertips acts like a pre-makeup moisturizer, creating a clean canvas for foundation. It’ll make your makeup last longer and look smoother by reducing the appearance of fine lines and pores. Bonus: It has SPF 20, so let the sun shine in.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($20)

Your eyes will already have tears of joy in them on the big day, so keep your eyeshadow out. Sweeping on this eye primer beforehand will help keep those speckles of shadow right where they’re supposed to be.

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