Makeup Tips For Taking Passport and Yearbook Pictures

Need to get your passport and yearbook pictures taken? Check out theses makeup tips below!

* Now is not the time to experiment. Stick with neutral, matte colors and go with a clean, sophisticated look. Avoid glittery or super shimmery colors because the flash may turn it into an unflattering shine and make you look weird.

* If you are on the oily side, make sure you blot before hand or you can end up looking like a greaseball.

* Curl your lashes. This opens up your eyes a LOT.

* Never use a foundation with SPF. The flash will reflect off the SPF, making you look pale.

* Make sure you are using the right shade for your foundation. My biggest pet peeve is people wearing foundations a shade or two lighter so their faces look lighter than their necks.

* Do not go overboard with powder – too much powder can make you look chalky and lifeless.

* Put on some lip balm. Chapped lips are a big no-no for pictures.

* If you want to make your features stand out more, apply a highlighting powder on the bridge of your nose.

* Don’t forget to wear blush – the flash can make you look washed out.

More tips from makeup artist Dick Page

* Mix a LITTLE gel bronzer with your foundation to make it slightly warmer.

* Define your eyebrows.

* Use a matte base and eyeshadow in neutral colors.

* Use a gray eyeliner and blend everything very well.

* Use a neutral/tawny blush.

* Use a little non-shimmery bronzer from your cheeks and take it across the bridge of your nose to the other side *lightly* and blend VERY well.

* Use a your-lips-but-better lip color. Do not use gloss, maybe just a little shimmer.

* Chin up slightly and do not smile TOO widely.

* Practice before hand and redo what you like.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. HEYY just wanted to say I LOVE YOUR LOOK OF THE NIGHT..looks soo gorgeous and not too much either..but the make up IS alot. MAC make up sems pretty expensive too T_T i realy wanna try the look but do you know any cheaper make up for it? lol x_x

  2. I just want to say I love your blog. I just found it today. And thank god I found this entry, because I’m taking my senior pictures in a couple of days! Thanks for the awesome make-up tips!

  3. I think i`d die with out your tips! im seriously makeup challenged. i mean i can put it on but sure as hell dont know how to do it! asking tips from my friends would make me look stupid and MOST of the time they dont even know! anwyays thanks so much, & wish me lucky tomorrow on picture day! xoxo Lyndsey

  4. Hello Phyllis, I just found your blog and I really love it!! I’m getting married in August and was wondering if you could chuck a few make-up tips, thanks = )

    PS I grew up in HK too and I really miss all the goodies over there!

  5. Hello Phyllis, I just found your blog and I really love it!! I’m getting married in August and was wondering if you could chuck a few make-up tips, thanks = )

    PS I grew up in HK too and I really miss the goodies over there!

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