Photoshop Tutorial: The Easy Way to Fix Lipstick and Correct Lip Lines

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Photoshop Tutorial: The Easy Way to Fix Lipstick and Correct Lip Lines

Lots of photos today on magazines and billboards are meticulously edited to make sure they come out polished. Even highend beauty photo collection, at least the high-quality ones, undergo photo correction. You might think that the models do not need it because (1) they already look good and (2) they are already wearing top-of-the-line makeup anyway. But no matter how good your make up artists and how gorgeous your models are, there will always be colour bleeding on set, especially since the lights focusing on the models can melt away the makeup.

But not to worry! There are Photoshop techniques that can help you correct the lip lines that will make your photos stand out.

For this short tutorial, you can use any version of Photoshop that you have. And depending on the amount editing needed, it will only take about 10-30 minutes.

Step 1:

Before you do any editing on the lips, make sure that other elements of the photo that will affect how the lips will look like have been edited already. Load up the image and see what else you need to fix. For instance, are there baby hairs that needed to be removed from the model’s hairdo, maybe there are white balance or exposure issues.

Remember that even in real life there are factors that will influence how the lipstick will look: the environment a person will be in and the overall look of their make up. So make sure you have ironed those out.

Step 2:

For simple editing, you may choose to use Liquify. What it does is compress the pixels around the image, making it look polished. The Liquify tool is considered to be one of the most powerful retouching tools in Photoshop.

What you do is zoom in on the lips of the model and check where the lipstick colour has bled out. In this perspective you can already see the outline of the lips, let it guide you as you push or pull the pixels around the model’s mouth to fix the lipstick lines.

Step 3:

Once you have edited the lipstick line, take this opportunity to edit the shape of the lips so that it can look fluffier or cleaner. Note that reshaping the lips is not changing the model’s look, although we can understand if you are hesitant to go through with this step (especially with prevalent body image issues). But its only purpose is to support the lip line editing you did in the previous step. Remember that pushing and pulling pixels is, in effect, already changing the way the lips look. By reshaping it a little, you are only cleaning it out little details that look off on the image.

You can use the Liquify tool again for this, but adjust the size to a smaller brush so that you can be precise.

Step 4:

Zoom out and see whether the editing looks natural on the model. If not, see if the editing requires you to zoom in again. If not, using the Liquify tool, you can proceed with editing the lips without adjusting the photo orientation or the brush size. In this way, you can edit the lips to look fuller or smaller, or if the size looks unequal on one side or the other.

As you may have noticed, the Liquify tool is going to be your best friend. All you need to do is look carefully at the picture and see the kind of editing you want done on the lips. Remember that the key to good editing is knowing what you should and should not manipulate. If it does not look off and if editing it will not contribute to the overall look of the picture, do not mess with it.

Go back to your photo archives now and practice your lip line editing!

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