How To Look Amazing In Your Passport Photo

by Stephanie Montes

Whether you’re a seasoned jet-setter or getting ready for your first trip abroad, pulling out your passport shouldn’t have to be a shameful experience. But between the awkward mug-shot pose and the blinding flash, your photo shoot can feel doomed from the start but before you find yourself in a downward spiral, we’ve got tips to ensure you look amazing in your next shot (and remember, you only get one). Finally, a passport photo you can be proud of—even past its expiration date.

Shoot For Glamour Shot

Use A Corrective Primer

Between the blue background and harsh lighting, pale complexions tend to look green in passport photos. Combat with a color-correcting primer before you apply your makeup.

Avoid Shimmer And Shine

Steer clear of highlighting and anything that makes your skin look dewy. While it undoubtedly looks beautiful in person, it can read sweaty and greasy in a photo.

Give Your Lashes Some Lift

The easiest way to look effortlessly beautiful in a photo is to draw attention to the eyes. Curl your lashes and apply a few coats of mascara. If you're feeling up to it, apply some false lashes—trust us, it'll pay off.

Wear Some Lipstick

The bright flash can make you look washed out. Some color (anything but nude) on the lips will instantly give your photo some life.

Pile On The Bronzer

Bright flashes have a way of making skin go pale. Before you step in front of the camera, apply more bronzer than usual.

Let Your Hair Down

A tightly pulled-back hairstyle in a straight-on pose leaves too much room for error. Instead, let your hair down and apply a volumizer at the roots for an instant touch of glam.