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Base & Blush Makeup

You can apply a base and blush makeup.

Be sure to check off as you go along.

Preparation

1) Preserve your original file.

If you haven't already done so, go to Preserve Your Original File.

2) Create a Background copy layer.

If you haven't already done so, go to Create a Background Copy Layer.

Base Makeup

You'll apply base makeup to the entire photograph, and will then remove the makeup where it's not needed.

Base Makeup Color

3) Select the Color Picker tool.

4) In the options bar, set the Sample Size to 5 by 5 Average.

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5) Click on the face to select the color for the base makeup.

The foreground color will change to the color you selected.

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You can also select a base makeup color from a skin tone color chart.

Go to Skin Tone Samples.

Or, you can create a color table.

Go to Custom Swatches.

Solid Color Adjustment Layer

6) Create a Solid Color adjustment layer.

The Color Picker window will open.

7) Click OK.

Your photograph will be hidden by the color you selected.

8) Rename the layer as Base.

9) Lower the opacity of the Base layer to about 25%.

The Opacity box is at the top of the layers stack, to the right of the Blending Mode box.

It probably has 100% inside.

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By default, the mask in the Base layer is white.

10) Press Ctrl + i to change the mask from white to black.

The base color becomes hidden due to the black mask.

If you haven't already, go to Layer Masks.

Paint the Mask

11) Make sure the Base layer is active (highlighted).

12) Make sure the foreground color is white.

If you haven't already, go to Foreground & Background Colors.

13) Select the Brush tool.

Where you paint with white, the base color will be revealed.

If you make a mistake, press x to make black the foreground color.

Then, erase the mistake by painting with black.

Be sure to press x to change the foreground color back to white.

14) Use a feathered brush.

If you haven't already done so, go to Feathered Brush.

15) Brush where you want the base color.

White reveals 100% of the base color in the Base layer.

If you need less "makeup," paint with shades of gray.

Lighter shades of gray reveal most of the base color.

Darker shades of gray reveal less.

Note the mask thumbnail in the Base layer.

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16) Restore skin texture, if needed or desired.

Go to Restore Skin Texture.

Blush Makeup

You'll apply blush to the cheeks.

Blank Layer

1) Create a blank layer.

2) Rename the layer as Blush.

3) Lower the opacity of the Blush layer to about 50%.

The Opacity box is at the top of the layers stack, to the right of the Blending Mode box.

It probably has 100% inside.

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Blush Color

v4) Select the Color Picker tool.

5) In options bar/Tool Options, set the sample size to Average (5 x 5).

6) Click on the face to select the color for the blush, such as a lip.

The foreground color will change to the color you selected.

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You can also select the blush color from a skin tone color chart.

Go to Skin Tone Samples.

Or, you can create a color table.

Go to Custom Swatches.

Optional - Increase the

Saturation of the Selected Color

If you wish, you can increase the saturation (vividness) of the selected color.

7) Double click the foreground color in the lower-right corner of your screen.

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The Color Picker window will open.

8) Select S in the HSB section.

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v9) Click, hold, and drag the slider up to increase the saturation.

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The current color, and the new color, are displayed on top of each other for comparison.

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10) Click OK.

If you haven't already done so, go to Color Picking.

Optional - Darken the Selected Color

Or, if needed, you can darken (decrease the brightness) the selected color.

11) Double click the foreground color in the lower-right corner of your screen.

The Color Picker window will open.

12) Select B in the HSB section.

13) Click, hold, and drag the slider down to decrease the brightness.

Apply the Blush Color

14) Make sure the Blush layer is active (highlighted).

15) Select the Brush tool.

16) Use a feathered brush to apply the blush color to the cheeks.

You can also use the airbrush.

Click the Set to enable airbrush capabilities icon in options bar/Tool Options of the Brush tool.

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Be sure to deselect the airbrush icon when finished.

17) Restore skin texture, if needed or desired.

Go to Restore Skin Texture.

Saving the Photograph

If you haven't already done so, go to Saving Files.