We understand that driver’s licenses are important IDs that help law enforcement officials identify us, but they’re stick with us for a decade, so we like to look our best in the photos. Most of us have had a horrible experience of an ID picture gone wrong, but it doesn’t have to be that way. So here are some tricks and tips from beauty experts that can help get the best driver’s license photo possible.
- Find your angle - It can be tough to “find your good side” in a straight-on, close-up shot, but celebrity hairstylist Danilosuggests doing a selfie session before your DMV photo to find the best angle for your face.
- Pull back your hair - Don’t pile your hair in front of one shoulder in what Danilo calls a “hair corsage” because it hides your neck and shoulders. Instead go for a ponytail, low side bun, or yoga knot, use a spritz of spray shine and you’re good to go.
- No red-carpet makeup - You want to look like you, so celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal advises skipping the smoky-eye and red lip combo and going for natural with browns, pinks, and peaches instead, so you don’t look too overdone or trendy.
- Embrace your texture - Don’t try to radically change your hair, instead celebrity stylist Tommy Buckett suggests working with what you have. “You know when your hair looks at its worst,” he says, “so avoid those pitfalls.”
- Skip the shimmer - Using luminizer and reflecting pigments to try to balance out the harsh lighting could backfire, Roncal warns. She says it’s better to focus on adding color back to your face with blush and bronzers.
And another bonus tip Danilo says has worked for him in the past - Get your photo taken at a DMV in a more remote location than a big city. He says they’re a little more lenient and you can sometimes talk them into another shot if the first one was bad. And we’ll take all the help we can get.