Can you wear makeup in a passport photo?

Everyone knows that sometimes getting passport photos taken can be tricky – it seems like there is an endless list of requirements to ensure that your picture gets approved. This can prove frustrating and end up wasting a lot of time when after waiting for weeks your passport picture is simply rejected. In some instances, this can be a serious issue, when quick passport photos are required in order to get a passport sent quickly prior to going abroad.

One query a lot of women have is whether or not it’s OK to wear makeup when getting a passport photo taken. The rules set by Her Majesty’s Passport Office are quite strict, but the good news is that there is an allowance for makeup in a passport picture. This is of course only so long as the makeup is subtle and does not drastically change an individual’s appearance.

If you normally wear makeup, make sure that you put on the same amount you would usually so that you are easily recognisable when going through security checks. For example, if you are not someone who would usually wear a bright lipstick colour, or add false eyelashes, don’t then change your look when you are getting your photograph taken. Passport photo requirements also state that your picture should represent your ‘normal skin tone’, so best not to go too heavy with foundation or any wild costume makeup! Other than this, there should not be any issues for anyone who has chosen to wear makeup in their passport photo.

To speed up the application process, many people now need to ensure that they get online passport photos rather than a hard copy like you might collect from a photo booth. This is in line with the fact that, increasingly, many countries require passport photos online as part of a digital application form. In the UK currently this is still just a trial, but it may soon be the case that it’s an easier, quicker process to renew your passport with an online application form, rather than sending off a hard copy application via post.

Here at Paspic, we’ll send you both a hard copy of your photo and provide a link to the digital version. We’ve found that 99.5% of our photos are approved first time – and we’re so confident that if your photos get rejected, we’ll give you your money back! For quick, easy passport photos, order with Paspic today!

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