Hilton Passport Project
Tips for Taking a #PicturePerfectPassport Photo
Hilton Passport Project's makeup expert Daniel Martin offers tips for travelers
Did you know that issues with passport photos are the number one reasons passport
applications are delayed? In 2017 alone, more than 240,000 passport photos were rejected.
Make sure you’re following the below guidelines when submitting your application:
- Recency of photo: photo must have been taken within 6 months
- Exposure: photo needs to be clear, reflecting your true skin tone
- Head size: photos that are taken too close or too far away will be rejected
- Low quality image or paper: photos should be high resolution, not blurry, grainy, pixelated or printed on the wrong paper
- Glasses: glasses are no longer allowed in passport photos
Daniel Martin – the makeup artist behind the Royal Wedding – shares his tips to ensure you have a passport photo you’re proud to show off:
- Find the right shade: Lip shades in rose and deep pink shades photograph best, while violets and deep reds can come off severe in photos
- Balance your look: If you’re planning on wearing a smoky eye, a matte lip color or sheer lip gloss will even out the look and add great dimension to your face
- Brighten up your eyes: Shimmer on the inner corner of the eyelids makes eyes pop when having your portrait taken head on
- Keep it natural: Stay away from heavy contouring when being photographed, it often looks far darker and harsher in pictures
- Say bye to shine: Blotting papers are essential for an oily T-zone for both men and women; keep a few handy to use on your forehead, top of nose and chin before taking important photos.
- Tame bushy brows: Keeping eyebrows groomed goes a long way for men! For a polished look, try brushing your brows with a small applicator brush.
- Smile with your eyes: Both men and women can benefit from learning how to "smize" or smile with their eyes. This will give you a relaxed smile that looks more natural than a forced grin.
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