Concepts of Beauty, Biology & Aesthetics For Visual Artists

Concepts of Beauty For Beauty, Biology & Aesthetics. Fashion & Portrait Retouching by Julia Kuzmenko McKim

There are thousands of video tutorials on how to retouch skin, hair, etc., but nobody talks about what it is that needs to be retouched to make a female face more attractive in a photo.

In this video I’ve attempted to put in words and illustrate what I’ve learned ever since I started applying my own makeup as a teenager, by observing other women, reading beauty tips in magazines, and watching makeup tutorials.

I share more of my own examples and further explore this topic in my upcoming From Amateur to Pro video book .



Physical Attractiveness according to Wikipedia:

The images I have included in this video are there for illustrational purposes only. Their copyright belongs to their respective owners. The digital illustration and retouching examples at the end of the video are mine (Julia Kuzmenko McKim).

The following aged celebrities’ images can be found here: What 12 Celebrities Might Look Like as Senior Citizens — Photoshop Magic! on

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Watch Danielle video by Anthony Cerniello from 2:28 to see live aging:

Danielle from Anthony Cerniello on Vimeo.


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9 thoughts on “Concepts of Beauty, Biology & Aesthetics For Visual Artists

  1. Good to watch this kind of assessment of beauty, but you didn’t touch on what I believe is the most important sign or indicator of beauty, which is, in women, a sign of ovulation timing – ie, when the woman is at the most fertile and ready to conceive – this is displayed in the woman by signs transmitting her readiness, so to speak – high and red cheekbones indicating the wad of estrogen stored there, full lips, clear and contrasting eyes, glowing skin, shiny hair.

    Makeup is designed to mimic these signs. Attractiveness is indicated by them, and attractiveness is designed to reproduce. Most of this is pointed out in the excellent book Must Have by Geoffrey Miller, which talks about why we buy makeup. The top makeup artists know this, and it is not talked about openly. Women do not generally know what they are doing when accentuating these features.

      • HI. the book has only a tiny part dedicated to makeup. The rest, however, is still excellent reading. There’s probably a bit on the web about the makeup beauty ovulation thing. It is an eye opener.

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