Especially when you're flying to another country, it's important not to let your passport get within six months of its expiry date (some countries refuse to allow entry after this point). If you're coming up on that date, time to queue up at your local passport office and get that sucker renewed! Before you tackle your to-do list, though, let's take a minute to talk about one of the most important parts of your passport, aside from those prized visa stamps -- the photo!
How many times have you cringed when handing over your passport because the photo is less than flattering? I remember my first "adult" passport, from 16 - 21 years old, my photo was awful. Just terrible. Hair in a slicked back ponytail. Unflattering makeup. The angry look of death which is apparently my natural resting face. With my second photo (pictured below), I overcompensated with too much lipstick and blush. Now that I'm on my third passport I've learned how to pick up my game and today I'm spilling my secrets!
Here are my top three tips for how to take a good passport photo:
1. Natural makeup -- Today is not the day to try deep plum lips, dark and smokey eyeshadow, or fuscia blush. I suggest wearing neutral, natural, full coverage makeup as passport photos have a tendency to bring out the shadows and make you look washed out. A dash of colour on your lips and extra pump of your eyelash curler then you're good to go!
2. Soft hair -- Passport photos are always taken head-on but this isn't necessarily a flattering angle for some women. While you're not allowed to have hair in your face, you're certainly allowed to show your bangs or pull a few pieces forward to help frame your face and soften your features. Leave those ponytails for the gym!
3. Tiniest of smiles -- Some countries differ about this policy, but in Canada we're not allowed to smile in our passport photos. This means that you have the potential to look like the angriest, grumpiest person in the world for the next 5-10 years whenever you hand over your passport. But here's a little trick that I've gotten away with for my passport and driver's licence over the years -- smile the teeniest tiniest of smiles. Depending on the shape of your lips, some people are dispositioned so that their resting face is one with a natural pout. A little smize for your eyes and smile on your lips does wonders!
|From then to now (you shoulda seen my first passport photo! Eek!)|
Have any other tips to share for taking good passport photos? Leave a comment below!