Make-up for passport / driver's license / ID / black and white

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Hey wonderful you !! : D

Since we have changed last name, Miska and I fixed a new passport last week, we are not going to travel anywhere now but it's nice to get everything ready at once.

And then I realized that mine posts I wrote in 2014 (haha a long time ago now) if "makeup for pass / leg / driver's license" is still one of the posts that has the most views in the entire blog thanks to so many googling on just this, I thought it would be fun to do a remake !

So here are my best tips that you can keep in mind when you put on make-up for all types of black and white images, but above all make-up for passports, driving licenses or other ID documents.

Hope the tips are helpful! :)

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make-up for passports / driving licenses

I have not picked up my passport yet, I probably got skitful anyway haha!

Here you have my make-up handy. :)


neutralize redness

1. Neutralize redness

The degree of coverage and the brows (which are already made in the picture) I do as usual - but what I think extra about is to neutralize redness and blemishes a little extra. Red is often darker than your own skin tone, which can look like a stain on black and white images.

I use glo Skin Beauty Redness Relief Powder and apply it with a small and soft brush for more precision (Nanshy Eye Crease Brush) because I only apply the powder on selected areas, not the whole face. I am mostly red around the nose and on blemishes.


2. Bronzer

Before the contouring, I sweep on a little discreet bronzer, almost all over the face but mostly on the sides (not the middle of the nose, the highest point on the cheekbones and chin).

This is not a step for everyone, the reason for me is that I am so heavenly pale pale so the bronzer becomes like a little extra "soft contouring" before the real contouring then.

A little premium maybe, but a bronzer is a little warmer in tone than my contouring shadow, so I prefer to apply a little bronzer first in larger parts of the face and then the contouring shadow with more precision.

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I do this with Paese Bronzing Powder (2m) which unfortunately is not available in our web shop, only in the Creative Makeup store in Uppsala.

glada mungipor

3. Gladare mungipor

Another premium step and a bit quirky (?) Step maybe as I do just because I'm a makeup nerd and think it's fun :) it's to put a little contouring shadow in the mouth pores!

You have to be relaxed in the picture and then I look so heavenly sour. I probably do that anyway because you do not want to make the worst joker smile either haha. But a little difference, I imagine it does anyway! :)

lips passport photo / driver's license

4. Sharp lip contour & ombre effect

Regardless of whether you want neutral lips in the same light / dark position as your skin tone, or if you want a little darker, I like to mark the contours with a pencil! Marked lips in a black and white picture are so heavenly nice, I think. Everything that provides a little contrast!

A strong color on the lips can be a bit unnecessary, it is difficult to judge how dark it will be in black and white and it will still only be gray. A dark red lipstick can look almost black on passport photos. I therefore chose a neutral mlbb color (my lips but better).

In addition, I made an ombre effect with a darker lip pencil, because it's so nice in black and white when the lips get a little lighter in the middle!

Lip pencil: glo Skin Beauty Lip Liner (Wine)
Lipstick: glo Skin Beauty Suede Matte Crayon (Monogram)

bass makeup before passport photo

5. Contouring
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Then contouring with light and dark shadows!

I use the palette Paese Contouring Palette (no.2) and Nanshy Contouring Brush. For the highlighter I use the smaller brush Nanshy Eye Crease Brush.

Skip red?

I usually put the blush in the middle of the cheekbones, but in black and white pictures it becomes a shadow which can make the cheeks look a bit depressed. Rather lay a little further down or skip the blush completely! By further down I mean the lower part of the cheekbone, not so far down that it is down on the jawbones :)


make up for a passport photo

Step by step the eyes come further down, but first some tips to keep in mind!

Eye shadow

I like to open my eyes a little with a darker color above the globe line (high enough to be seen when looking straight ahead) and otherwise keep the eyeshadow makeup soft and most of the eyelid bright.

Once I went spontaneously and fixed workouts (so did not have this in mind when I put on makeup that morning) and had a bright blue eye shadow on the entire eyelid. In black and white, it suddenly looked like a really uneven smokey eye! And not in such a nice Kate Moss way, but rather criminal with blue eyes on both eyes. That mistake is not repeated! :)

Marked gaze

The eyes can easily disappear a bit on black and white pictures, so I frame them with eyeliner without skimping! Feel free to place a light eyeliner along the waterline as well.

I applied mascara normally / sparingly but it's nice to apply a little extra mascara and maybe even false eyelashes too! :)

step by step makeup passport photo

All products are in my web shop The eyeshadows are from the same trio palette - Paese Matte trio Eyeshadow (101)

  1. Eye primer on the eyelid, Paese Beauty Record Eye Primer
    Light eye shadow on the inside of the eyelid and in the corner of the eye.
  2. Light brown eye shadow in the middle of the eyelid
  3. Brown eyeshadow at the end of the eyelid and along the globe line
  4. Black eyeliner with wing, Kryolan HD Cream Liner (Ebony)
  5. Brown eye shadow under the eye as well
    Black mascara on all lashes, Magnetic Lash Mascara


My waterline is tattooed light. So for exactly the same eyes, you can supplement with glo Skin Beauty Eye Pencil (Peach) too.

Here is my make-up for the workout. :)

make-up passport photo / driving license eyeliner for passport photo eyeliner makeup passport photo / driver's license make up to fitmake-up for passport black and white

The model is with only foundation and eyebrows, then you see the difference with all the shadows and details in the model :)

Note this is how I made me up for my black and white passport photo, there are lots of more make-ups that of course also fit!

Hugs are! ♥

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Helena Amiley
I write mostly about beauty but also offer glimpses from the entrepreneurial life and the construction of our own camper van. Vanlife here we come!

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