Passport Renewal

It’s that time again.  I have to renew my passport, I can’t believe it’s been 10 years already and what’s worse is I will be 50 the next time I have it done.  Yikes!  I popped into town to have the photos done.  As soon as my husband saw it he said ‘rough night’.

We had a good laugh at it on twitter last night but I really couldn’t live with the photo for the next ten years.  I’m not normally that vain.  I looked like a crack addict, or as some would say ‘heroine chic’.  There is no way I’m going through a cavity search every time I try to go through immigration so I decided to have some new ones done.  They aren’t brilliant but I can live with them.

Here are my tips for getting a reasonable photo:

1) If you’re scheduled to get your hair done and have the time and money, do it!  However, in my case I didn’t

2) Pop into a local beauticians who do free make-up, pretending you’re going to buy something then forget your wallet.  In my case, I went into Beautlase in St. Albans, where I’m fairly regular and the lovely ladies sorted me out after taking pity after seeing the photo.  Plus, I did purchase a much needed concealer.

3) Treat it like a photo shoot.  If you don’t like the first one ask them to do it over and over again till you get one that you like. Remember you’re paying for it! Don’t worry about embarrassing yourself.  It will be 10 years until you have to go back again and I really hope they won’t still be working at Snappy Snaps.

4) Tilt your chin slightly upwards.  It reduces the shadows (bags) under your eyes.  Seriously, try it in the mirror now!  It really works.

5) Try different hairstyles.  I didn’t, but a ponytail can work like a mini facelift if you tie it tight enough!

If you’re wondering the one on the left is the before shot!

Do you have any other tips?





Author: mediocremum

A slightly older mum of one, who drinks far too much red wine and has an unhealthy obsession with her slow cooker. During the day she's an ICT Trainer, Social Media/Online Marketing consultant and does a bit of public speaking. Full Profile on Google+

9 thoughts on “Passport Renewal”

  1. I’m getting Miss C her first passport right now. I love the rules on how to take your passport photo. There is one where the woman has her hair all over her face and you think, really, did someone actually do that? I need mine done in about 6 yrs so I’ll be keeping your tips in mind! 

  2. Fringes. Fringes hide forehead wrinkles and are cheaper than Botox.
    Practice your passport photo pose in the mirror at home.
    Eye whitening drops to reduce bloodshot eyes.
    Clinique all about eyes (awesome bag reducing, puffiness decreasing cream)
    Bronzer. Gives you awesome cheekbones if applied right.

    My tips. Will need to put into practice as my passport is expired!

  3.  Think warm thoughts! You can’t smile, but if you think nice things it will make your eyes smile just like those girls are always told on ANTM!

  4. On my passport I have purple hair. I was sixteen and very confused. Thank FUCK I get a new one very soon!

    I’m pretty sure you’re allowed to smile now – or is that drivers licenses? In my drivers license pic I am wearing a bandana and resemble a pirate wench.

    I should clearly not be allowed to choose my own photos…


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