Mar
5

How to add subtle make up

by
Dani Dixon

In this Photoshop tutorial Dani Dixon shows you how to add a hint of make up to your images using the Brush tool

Keep it natural and don’t go too over the top.

Sometimes photos will not need much retouching to make them perfect, but adding a touch of colour can really finish off an image after correcting any other imperfections.

Whether you wish to retouch your image like in the previous three page tutorial or just introduce impact by adding make up to your model, it is not a hard thing to do with the help of Photoshop. Using the Brush tool set up correctly for the task, the first stage is to add the colour. By mixing this with correct Layer Blend modes, you will find you can add stunning effects.

How to add subtle make up

The best thing is it really doesn’t take long to apply. Just remember when you work to keep it natural and work with what is already in the image. You don’t need to go too over the top, unless that is the desired effect! Here’s how to do it in a few easy steps –  it will take less time than the real thing!

How to add subtle make up

1. Set up your brush
Add a new Layer and select a soft edged brush. In the top bar set it to Multiply and a 20% opacity. In the side tool bar, pick two colours to use as eye makeup. To keep things natural pick one that is of a lighter tone than the other.

How to add subtle make up

2. Paint on the colour
With a small brush use the light colour first to paint a base layer above the eye. Set this layer’s Blending mode to Soft Light at the top of the layers palette. Add a new layer and switch to the darker tone.

How to add subtle make up

3. Continue the work
Make your brush smaller to paint on the darker colour where needed. Set the blending mode to Soft Light. Repeat this technique on cheeks and lips if desired. Use the Eraser tool or a mask to get rid of any excess colour.

How to add subtle make up

Darken those lashes
The coloured layers have made the lashes an odd colour. Click onto the photo layer and use the Burn tool to darken the blacks up, set to Shadows and a 30% Exposure in the top bar.

Once darkened, select the Smudge tool, with a small brush tip and in the top bar lower the Strength to 50%. Now just drag from the lash root outwards along where the lash is sitting. The rest of the face is now your blank canvas to transform!

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