It’s that time again. Time to renew my passport. Which means, another photo I’m going to have to live with for 10 years. I kind of liked the last one. Smiling, a bit of a tan. Good times.
And so commenced the planning. I think it’s safe to say that I’ve never spent that much time planning the makeup I was going to wear to CVS. It was substantial.
There were trial looks. There were test shots. It’s a bit embarrassing, but at least I get to share some of my top tips 🙂
Go (mostly) matte.
For my mug, I chose my Illamasqua Skin Base, a good medium- to full-coverage foundation with no SPF, hence no flashback from the camera. Also, nice and natural with no extra shine.
I also went (mostly) matte on the eyes, using natural pinky browns from my Too Faced Semisweet Chocolate Bar Palette.
Define and highlight, naturally.
I wanted to make sure my eyes were well-defined. So, first I went with Nougat all over the lid for a blank canvas. Then I sculpted out my crease/socket with a mix of Puddin’ and Mousse. Lastly, a little topper of Rum Raisin in the crease and a pop of light on the lid with Pink Sugar.
I also defined the lash line with a bit of brown liner on both sides of the top lash line, at the root of the lashes, and, horror of horrors, on my upper water line. Ugh. I never do this because I hate that awful, creepy tickling sensation, but it does work wonders. Then, at the lower lash line I went with light pink along the inner rim, to take away any sickly redness, and one of my trusty peachy under eye correctors.
Of course, cheek sculpting was a must. I went with my It Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Palette, dipping back and forth between the lighter and mid-toned browns for sculpting the cheeks AND the jawline (another rarity), and then used the mauvey tone for blush.
Last up, a natural but well-defined lip. Started by defining the border of my lips with a lip liner, and then one of my fave MLBB lipsticks for nice, plumping shine.
Even with all that prep, I was still in for a couple of rude awakenings when I finally arrived for my photo. I should have known the lighting would be worse than a department store bathing suit fitting room. But, then I was told the two rules of passport photos.
- First, no teeth. Which, for me, meant no smile. The best way to exacerbate every facial asymmetry I’ve got.
- Must show ears. What?! Now I had to mess up my hair, too?
Hope this has been helpful; let me know what your favorite photo-friendly beauty tips are!
*These are only my opinions, formed through my personal experience as a consumer. I am not a medical doctor, an aesthetician, or a health/beauty professional. There is no guarantee what effect, positive or negative, these products may have on anyone else.
**All products were purchased by me from brands that, to the best of my knowledge, are cruelty-free.