My objective today is potentially one of the biggest of all of beauty challenges: I have to go to the DMV to take a new permit photo as well as somehow make it look cute.

The nasty florescent lighting, the institutional blue paper background … there are many aspects that point toward specific disaster. Plus, I believe the picture-taking dude that works at the close-by DMV truly HATES his job. He purposely waits for your eyes to be crossed, or for you to look like you’re confused before he snaps away, therefore preserving your startled doe-in-the-headlights look for all eternity.


The only decent permit photo I ever took was when I was 21 as well as weighed 20 pounds less … needless to say, I requirement a bit bit more assist now, since the fresh blush of youth as well as innocence has left (I’m not bitter!).

So this morning I did a great deal of research study on what to wear as well as what makeup to utilize to make your DMV photo look good. obviously it’s not a totally impossible thing to do!

Here are some tips I found:


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1. Wear a white, black, gray or neutral-colored fitted shirt.

2. Wear your preferred neckline, weather condition it be scoop, v, boat or bateau — whatever you feel quite as well as comfortable in.

3. Skip patterned tops, bulky knits, cowl necks (ewww) or turtlenecks.

1. Wear your hair down — pulling it back makes it look as well severe. (Random cautionary tale: Years back a good friend of mine took her DMV photo with her hair pulled back. She didn’t recognize she had a stray ponytail bump sticking out from the top of her head, as well as she appeared like she sprouted a horn).

2. If you can’t stand to have your hair down at the extremely least wear half of it down as well as half of it up.

3. To make your hair look fuller wear it down with a center part, as well as bring the ends forward.

1. Use blush!

2. No smoky eyes. No smoky eye/pale lip or pale eye/bright lip combos, either.

3. Avoid dark, sparkly or bright shadow colors.

4. Avoid dark eyeliner. go with brown, rather than black.

5. Use foundation without titanium dioxide, a sunscreen that can make your deal with look chalky.

6. Keep your makeup natural, or expert looking.

7. Use blotting papers or powder to minimize shine.

1. Keep your deal with forward, however twist your body away from the camera.

2. Try to lengthen your neck.

3. Tilt your head upwards to minimize dark circles. most people have a “good” side — try to tilt that method as well.

1. Wear long earrings as well as let them show with your hair to get some shimmer in your picture.

2. Avoid fancy jewelry.

Other stuff
1. Relax, as well as believe of something that makes you happy before your photo is taken.

2. Don’t blink!

I ended up going with a black, short sleeve, bateau neck top. I used a pair of sparkly crystal chandelier earrings for some bling. I likewise used my hair down – I have wavy hair however for photos I usually like to straighten it, just ‘cause it’s more work to get wavy hair to look as well as stay neat.

For makeup (yay, the very best part), I went for medium application of neutrals with extremely bit sparkle.

Face as well as cheeks:
Laura Mercier foundation Silk Crème foundation in Hazelnut Beige
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Neutrogena Soft color blush in Soft Suede

MAC Ricepaper on the browbone
MAC Soba in the crease
MAC Mulch on the lashline as well as just below the eye
Dipdown Fluidline liner
Two coats of Dior show Mascara in black

Laura Mercier Lip liner in Chestnut
Laura Mercier Stickgloss brown Sugar

When it was time to take my photo I tried to channel America’s next top design as well as attempted to present myself into cuteness. however the bitter DMV photo guy totally shouted at me. very first I twisted my body away from the camera — he wasn’t having that. then I tried to tilt my head up as well as towards the delegated show my great side as well as he shouted “LOOK FORWARD! YOU look FORWARD!” Bastard. I did handle to tilt a bit at the last minute — we’ll see if I end up regretting this non-DMV sanctioned move.

I am almost completed with my travel story, say thanks to JEEBUS! I am beginning to go a bit nutty from doing rewrites. You know, it always drove me crazy exactly how on “Sex as well as the City” they never showed Carrie obsessing over rewrites. She’d always be posing on her bed, composing on her laptop, flipping her curls as well as spitting out perfect sentences in a designer-clad bliss. It is SOOO not like that! half the time I’m using pajamas as well as my hair isn’t even brushed. Plus, I spend hours rewriting as well as rewriting as well as rewriting as well as obsessing over things like the appropriate method to suggest time (it’s 7:00 a.m., never 7 am) as well as when as well, когато не се тире.

Снощи разбрах, че може би ще полудя малко, когато избрах своя Associated Press Stylebook, избих го внимателно в ръцете си, както и го приложих малко целувка. Арг!

Ей, обаче е петък, нали?


Каквото и да правите, надявам се, че е забавно, както и включва смесена напитка или две. Както и да излея вашите четиридесет за мен, „защото ще пренапиша през целия уикенд.

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