Adding Makeup

I’ve done a post on removing makeup, now let’s add some! I find that the techniques in applying makeup in a photo editor are similar to that in reality.

Here’s my starting image:

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Let’s start with the eyeshadow.

Create a new layer with the blend mode to “Soft Light”. Now select your color, and use the paint brush tool and paint wherever you want eyeshadow. I used multiple layers with different colors to add depth, and changed the opacity to calm down any colors that were too much. Putting them in a group (Cmd G) helps to keep the layers organized.

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Next up: lips!

I first duplicated the background layer (Cmd J) so I don’t damage the original picture. I then used the “liquify” tool to make her lips a little bigger.

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Now, there are two methods that you can use for lipstick

One is to use the paintbrush and “soft light” blending mode the same way you did her eyeshadow.

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The other is to select the lips, then smooth and feather it with “refine selection”.

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Then, add a Hue/Saturation/Luminosity adjustment layer and play around with the sliders.

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I added a second HSL layer to add more color.

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That’s all for the lips, onto mascara!

I made paintbrushes shaped like eyelashes. It makes things quick and easy. You can download packs with lots of “falsies” online.

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Paint the lashes on a new layer, and move and transform them to fit the eye shape.

I also reduced the opacity so that they look more natural.

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I copied the layer, moved, transformed, and reduced the opacity even more for the bottom eyelashes.

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Repeat for the other eye, and you’re golden!

Blush is simple enough. Just use the eyeshadow method with a big brush, and erase the blush color for “when you paint outside the lines” 😉 ( I got color on her hands, since I was using such a big brush. So, I had stuff to erase).

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I dodged and burned (non destructive dodging and burning) as if I were contouring and highlighting (also darkened her lash line and brows).

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After that, I decided her eyeshadow was too pink, so I lowered the pink layers’ opacities and brought up the brown’s.

Here’s the before and after!

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