Can you wear makeup in a passport photo?

If it’s time to renew your passport then it’s important to know the dos and don’ts regarding those all important passport photos. It’s a strict procedure – which could lead to major delays if done wrong – so getting it right the first time is key to receiving your passport on time and keeping your stress levels to a minimum. One question we’re constantly asked is can you wear makeup in a passport photo? Before getting in the photo booth, here’s everything you need to know. After all, you’re going to be stuck with this photo for another ten years, so no pressure…

Can you wear makeup in a passport photo?

Simply put, yes you can. But don’t go over the top. The photo must be a true image of yourself, so if you normally wear makeup then go ahead and wear the same amount as you would on a typical day. But if you rarely wear makeup then obviously don’t put too much on for your photo. If you don’t look like yourself then you could end up having a tricky conversation at the airport.

Any makeup tips?

If you don’t usually wear makeup but want to hide those annoying dark circles that make you look tired and ill under your eyes, apply a bit of concealer. This can help hide dark patches and keep you looking fresh.

To avoid the dreaded white face, try not to wear a base with SPF. The camera or photo booth flash can make you look pale and nobody wants that.

Keep your makeup simple

This photo needs to last for ten years, so try and keep your makeup minimal. There’s no need to go all out like it’s a Saturday night. Refrain from bright, bold colours and aim for a look that will be timeless.

For added convenience you can now take your passport photos at home with the help of Paspic. Our service ensures the photo you are submitting for your new passport meets all requirements, so there’s no stumbling blocks. Get in touch with us today for more information.

Photo: snowed in by MissMessie licensed under Creative commons 2

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