Tips for a GOOD ID or DL pic

We all dread having our picture taken for an ID, but when it’s time to renew that passport, driver’s license, or work ID, we don’t have a choice. We can’t do much about the lighting or the skills of the person operating the camera, but here are a few things we can do to help get the most flattering photo.

Keep your hair and makeup simple - This isn’t the time to experiment with a new lipstick or haircut. This is a photo you’ll be stuck with for a while, so stick to your go-to look. Skip the shimmering and setting powders that can wash you out under harsh fluorescent lighting, but darken your brows and use some blush to enhance your cheekbones.

Tilt your head - They’ll tell you to face the camera straight for your ID photo, but you can probably get away with a slight head tilt. And that little tiny tilt can help you look your best by softening shadows on your face and bringing out your jawline.

Smile like you mean it - Flash your genuine smile for your ID photo and save your steely gaze or duck face for the photo booth at your cousin’s wedding next month.

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