Admit it, do you like your ID photo? We are sure most people will say no. The culprit is the wrong makeup and clothes. In this post, we’re going to talk about some makeup tricks to help you look better in your passport, driver’s license and other documents.
Before we start: for the best result, check out the possibility to take a passport photo online from the comfort of your home. This way you will be able to take as many shots as you need to get satisfied with the result (as well as to save some money).
The right makeup for a passport photo step by step
- Apply a quality foundation. Experts use foundations marked HD, which are specially recommended for photo and video shoots. Do not skip any area of the face, apply the foundation on the neck as well. Well flatten the product by the hairline and by the ears, so that you can not see the boundaries of the applied foundation.
- Use concealer to cover up dark circles under the eyes, redness, and unevenness. Remember, any flaws in your skin will be much more noticeable in the flash. The occasional pimple can be removed in Photoshop, but you should take care of the perfect skin color yourself.
- Put the matte powder on the brush. Work all over your face without skipping a millimeter, including the neck area. This will remove excessive oiliness of the skin, which can suddenly “shine” in the photo. Don’t apply too much powder so your face doesn’t turn into a mask.
- Facial contouring can help visually improve the shape of your face. Professionals do this by darkening the cheekbones and the sides of the chin. If your nose is naturally too wide, you can correct it with dark powder.
- Use a pencil or shadow to draw your eyebrows. This step is very important to get clarity in the photo. Use a color that is close to the natural shade of your eyebrows. Don’t over-emphasize, otherwise your face will look unnatural.
- Apply beige or light milky eyeshadow to the upper eyelid as a base. Then use brown to accentuate the lower eyelid. Avoid purple, lilac, green, blue even if it suits you very well. And no pearlescent eyeshadow!
- Draw a thin line of black or dark brown along the border of your eyelashes, using a pencil. Make the upper eyelid more expressive and emphasize the lower eyelid a little.
- Use voluminous black mascara on your lashes. As in everyday life, make sure that no lumps form.
- Choose a lipstick in a natural shade, preferably 1-2 shades darker. A peach or natural pink color is ideal. A pale lipstick will “wash away” lips from the face, too dark lipstick will make them thin and unattractive, and you should not experiment with bold, saturated colors either. Don’t use glossy lipstick: Do not use glossy lipstick, as the glow in the flash light can visually age the skin around the lips.
If you decide to take your own passport photo at home, use this photographer’s guide for the best result. Have a nice shot!