Ok – in my first of my tips and tricks series I’ll show you how to make everyone look their best! We all need a little help – I certainly do!!

Women – Generally I beauty retouch womens faces the most as they are the first to notice – unfortunately – any signs that we are enjoying life – i.e.: laughter lines (sometimes called wrinkles).

Children – Usually I don’t retouch childrens skin – they are perfect as they are, but I always give a bit of Sparkle (toolbox brush) to the eyes.

Babies – I always use my Flawless skin brush on babies skin and my Sparkle brush on their eyes if they need it.

Men – men usually don’t need much retouching – they are happy with the distinquished look that time brings! Sometimes I use my Light Flawless Skin tool and often use my Teeth Dazzle (toolbox brush)

Beauty retouching in family and wedding photography doesn’t need to take forever – and it doesn’t need to be complicated. Using a few tools you will make everyone look fabulous and 10 years younger (well thats what we all want right?!).

TUTORIAL:

Follow my step by step guide for flawless skin. I’ll show you how to go from Before to After……

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Now to be honest Leyla one of my brides here needs minimal beauty retouching (if any) but I am showing her as an example!

1 – I start by applying a couple of my presets – in this case – Portrait 3 and Hint of Summer and then a little extra boost of exposure and contrast. It already looks great!

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2 – I then do a little work with the healing tool – removing a few blemishes whilst making sure this is natural by keeping the spot removal brush on heal and on 60-70% opacity and the same with Flow. These can always be increased if needs be.

3 – I also use the Spot Removal Healing brush on shadows under the eyes – this needs to be very subtle. Dial down the opacity and flow if necessary. And use the Amount Slider (explained below)lightroom-presets-eddies-store-brush-flawless-skin6

4 – Then turning to the skin – again to keep it natural I keep the opacity and flow in between 50 and 80. I use my Flawless Skin tool and brush over the skin, avoiding the eye, eyebrows, lips etc.

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5 – Finally turn to the eyes and teeth. For the eyes I use the Eddie’s EYES Sparkle brush (from the toolbox) to brighten the bottom areas and close to the iris of the eyes.

6 – And then the last thing to do is use the Eddie’s TEETH Dazzle to brighten those pearly whites!

NOTE: At anytime you can close the sliders in the brush menu by clicking the little triangle as shown below – this shows an OVERALL AMOUNT slider – use this if you think it needs adjusting until you have the perfect balance.

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For wedding and family shoots any more retouching than this is pretty unnecessary – woman like to look natural – they just need a little enhancing. Leyla looked beautiful to begin with but I have enjoyed using her lovely face to illustrate how to use your brushes!

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