In beauty and fashion photography, perfecting makeup is an essential part of retouching. When you are showcasing skillfully applied cosmetics or selling a feeling, often times the makeup will need special attention paid to it in order to enhance it. This video tutorial, by Melbourne-based fashion photographer, Kayleigh June, demonstrates her techniques for enhancing makeup within Photoshop.
Kayleigh comments on her own perspective when it comes to retouching makeup, remarking that she “never wants to go too much or too far when editing makeup.” This is especially important for those that are testing with makeup artists and developing their creative team, as retouching that is too overdone can undermine the work of a skilled makeup artist.
Finding the right balance can take a lot of time and practice, but it all begins with leveraging the right techniques that fit into your workflow.
In this tutorial, the primary techniques and tools utilized are: Dodging, Burning, Clone Stamp, Patch Tool, Selective Color, and Curves. The video demonstrates enhancing eyeshadow, eyelashes, and retouching lips where there may be a texture or color inconsistency.
While there are many different methods for enhancing your subject’s makeup within Photoshop, we think this tutorial is a great one to try.