Beauty Retouch Part 4: Eyelashes & Hair Highlights

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: June 3, 2010

Category: General

Today in Part 4 of my Beauty Retouch series, I’m going to show you how I enhance/add eye lashes and then we’ll add some highlights to the models’ hair.

So, without further delay, let’s click Play 🙂

To add that extra degree of realism to the eyelashes, we can make use of the Shape Dynamics in the Brush Settings and setting them to FADE which has the effect of naturally fading out the brush stroke you apply.

The illustration below shows a series of brush strokes with Shape Dynamics turned ‘OFF‘ and we can see the brush is a consistent width along it’s full length…

However, if we turn ‘ON‘ Shape Dynamics and with FADE selected, we can see the same brush strokes but this time look what happens…

Join me tomorrow for the 5th and final Part of this Beauty Retouch when we’ll be adding those all important finishng touches, but in the mean time if you have any questions / comments about what you’ve seen today or up to this point, feel free to add a comment below and I’ll be sure to reply to you asap.

Enjoy 🙂

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  1. David Kelly

    Hi Glyn.

    Useful to see this bit of retouching at normal speed. I couldn’t quite follow what you were doing in the 2x video previously published 😉

    I must give this a go. Previously with my limited retouching skills I’ve only just used a small brush around eyelashes / eyes to selectively sharpen things to help give better definition. Never thought of using the multiply blend mode & mask to enhance them too. Ditto regarding the hair.

    All minor adjustments but as you say they help to give the picture that added depth / dimension yet still remain this side of natural.

    I guess tomorrow one of finishing touches will be (selective)sharpening? I’m keen to see which sharpening tool you prefer to use for this and how you got about.



    • Glyn

      @David…Hi David, thanks for the comment and I’m real pleased to read that you’re finding some of the techniques I’m using in this retouch series useful.
      Part 5 will be covering just a couple of techniques including enhancing makeup. I don’t generally apply any sharpening to a Beauty Retouch other than to the eyes but if this is something you’d like to see in the future then just let me know and I’ll see about putting a tutorial together at some point.


  2. David Kelly

    @Glyn – I’ve tended to do some selective sharpening to the hair, eyes & lips in my beauty retouching (obviously after smoothing skin, you don’t want to then sharpen it). Can’t recall where I picked up that habit from but it’s interesting seeing your different approach.



    • Glyn

      @David…That’s what I love about Photoshop though; ie the fact that there are endless ways to do things and ways that people approach their editing. No right or wrong ways…just different.
      Cheers 🙂

  3. James

    Glyn – thanks for this video and the ‘Shape Dynamics’ tip. This was a feature I wasn’t quite aware of, though to be honest, I’m still working my way through the software.

    • Glyn

      @James…No worries mate; you’re welcome…glad you like it 🙂

  4. Medy

    Love this blog! Mink lashes are a great alternative to the individual ones.but I really need to learn how to do these. But I love the way they look..they look very natural. I cannot wait to add these to my inventory.



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