I got all duded-up to have my picture taken—not for a book cover or for a newspaper story, but for a REAL ID. You laugh, but I aimed to have a good picture taken because all of my driver's license photos have been atrocious. In fact, I dislike my photo so much I hide my driver's license in the back of my wallet behind the credit cards.
The day of the photo shoot was in July, which for Kentucky usually means the weather will be hot and sunny. Perfect! But on the day of our appointment, the forecast was for rain. And that meant I had to battle the frizzies. I used a hair dryer to flatten my bangs, applied a generous amount of hair spray, and then covered my bangs with hair gel to prevent them from curling up and making me look like a four-year-old child.That was just the start. My makeup had to look fresh and natural. After applying a firming dry oil to my neck, a light layer of moisturizer to my cheeks and under my eyes, I reached for the liquid liner for my upper eyelids and used a pencil liner for the bottom lids. Then, I brushed on a neutral matte eyeshadow and a little mascara.
When my eyes were finished, I applied a creamy foundation and brushed on a powder blush to the tops of my cheekbones and a bit on my chin. I lined my lips and then used a wine-red base color and went over that color with a little magenta, which complements the rosy blush.
You'd think with all of the makeup I'd be good to go, but there were flaws to cover up like the freckles on my nose and the circles under my eyes. (I've been taking Vitamin K which is supposed to help dark rings...and I'm still waiting to see the benefits.) So, I reached for my favorite product: concealers. Yes, plural. I blended the two together and applied this mixture lightly under my eyes and down the center of my nose.
I scrutinized my makeup and lo and behold, the skin under my eyes now looked puffy. I had to put on extra eye correction cream and more concealer. Finally, all looked good. I selected a black top to wear because I photograph better in dark colors. And I was set to go...
|The bangs are cooperating|
After twenty-five minutes of waiting, I was dying to go to the bathroom. Damn my bladder. I tried not to think about going and patiently waited. Five minutes later, our names were called. As we stood in line, I slipped into the bathroom (thank goodness it was close by). We only have to wait a little bit longer to get this show started.
We were directed to a booth and asked to present our driver's licenses, passports, proof of address and social security numbers. Then, we answered the required questions. Finally, finally the pictures were taken. My husband's photo turned out reasonably well. I didn't have the heart to look at mine until we got back into the car.
And the results? THE best driver's license picture I've ever taken—and I've been driving for 50 years. Maybe it was luck, or maybe it was my make-up. I was shocked. This picture was flattering. It's kind of a shame it will rarely be seen. But the good news it won't relegated to a place behind the credit cards. It has earned a better spot. Breaking tradition, it will go where it rightfully belongs—facing outward at the front of the wallet.
À la prochaine!