Passport Photo Makeup

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My last passport photo was less than flattering – taken after a long hot Summers day in 2007 when I had a penchant for a side fringe that partially fell over my left eye. Needless to say I’ve been counting down the days until July 2017 for a while now, however recently something quite exciting happened…I got married, which meant that I had to change my name, which meant – NEW PASSPORT! *insert huge smiley face*

When planning for my new photo, I carefully laid out my makeup to plan what kind of look I would want remembering that I would have this photo until I’m 33 years old (!!!). I opted on my version of Kylie Jenner’s makeup – her look is popular for a reason after all. And I like to think that I started doing her look long before her makeup artist started doing it on her. It always rakes in the complements and is timeless and rather foolproof to do so I thought I’d share…

Base – Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua for a medium coverage with an airbrushed quality finish. I then paired my NARS radiant creamy concealer under my eye for a brightening effect. I then went over with a thin layer of Bourjois Healthy Glow powder to reduce any shine and add a little more colour and coverage.

Eyes – The eyes are the key focal point to this look. Whilst many have dubbed the Jenner look as infamous for the lips, I have to disagree and say that the super simple yet graphic eye is what makes the look so appealing. I used the lightest cream tone from the Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes palette all over the lid and then did a medium to thick slight cat eye flick with the Maybelline Black Shock Drama Gel Liner which is the blackest and most “wow” liner out there. I then added lashings of Bobbi Brown Smokey Mascara on my top and bottom lashes.

Brows – I kept my brows tame and simple with a few coats of the Benefit brow wax and powder mixed together.

Lips – Instead of opting for a super KJ mauve, I instead used the Dior Brun Samarcande (as mentioned here) as it’s such a lovely brown toned nude that makes lips look plump. It’s also a timeless shade, whereas the Kylie Jenner mauve could look slightly passé in 5 years time.

Hair – Gone are the days when you could hide half your face with your locks, now passport regulations need you to have your hair behind your ears and totally away from your face. I gave my crown some volume with my hands and then pushed the rest of my hair behind my ears and back to try and emulate a Kim K wedding hair vibe.

Clothes – I wore a simple grey long sleeved top to try and be as compliant and simple as possible!

And voila, it’s hard to look and feel good when you have horrible fluorescent light, you can’t tilt your head at an angle and you aren’t allowed to smile so I’m relatively happy with the way my photo came out, and considering they’re £5 a pop, they aren’t cheap, so I’m glad I didn’t have to do it more than once!




  1. Taslima
    October 28, 2014 / 7:31 pm

    Unfortunately I have to wait another 7 years till my picture changes! Wish I had seen a post like this a few years back!

    The little things in life

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