Creating Digital Makeup Effects in Photoshop By Shelley Giard

3 hr 14 min
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Although natural beauty exists, rarely does it exist in portrait photography without a little makeup. In Creating Digital Makeup Effects in Photoshop CS5, digital artist Corey Barker takes an innovative approach by teaming up with professional hair and makeup artist, Shelley Giard to create real professional makeup looks directly in Photoshop. After watching Corey’s class, not only will you be able to build a realistic makeup effect on an unmade face, but you will also be able to correct common makeup mistakes and enhance an already-made-up face with a more glamorous look. Plus, you will even pick up a tip or two to use in real-life situations when a real makeup artist is not available or in the budget. It is like two classes in one! Includes downloadable brush and color palettes for you to use.

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Corey Barker introduces professional hair and makeup artist, Shelley Giard.
This first step in digital makeup is the equivalent to concealer or foundation in a real makeup bag.
Creating the desirable oval face with shadows and highlights while matching the skin tone in Photoshop, then adding blush.
Make close-set eyes look further apart with eye shadow applied in the right place.
Cleaning up two most common problems- spilled, uneven eye shadow and spotty, smudgy liquid eyeliner.
Creating natural-looking enhancements on light brows. Plus, who needs tweezers when there's Puppet Warp?
Corey uses custom brushes he created for you to bend and warp into shape to conform to any eye. Easier to apply than fake eyelashes!
Shaping, plumping, and glossing the lips. Creating a Cupid's Bow.
Corey draws from one of Shelley's pet peeves and performs tooth highlighting through finger painting. Plus, subtle tooth whitening and reshaping.
Addressing issues such as stray locks and the effects of lights on bleached blondes. Plus, Corey gets rid of flyaways with refine edge to keep it looking natural.
After a bonus eyebrow tip, Corey builds a more glamorous look on top of an already-made-up model to get a completely different, and more dramatic look in the photo.
Corey shifts the focus from a more practical application to a wilder ;quot;fantasy ;quot; look. Plus, learn how to create shimmering gold eye shadow.
Accessories are sometimes an afterthought and jewelry is expensive. Good thing there's stock photography and Photoshop!
Final review of the entire lesson. Learn more about Shelley Giard at:
Shelley purposefully creates a bad makeup job, from coloring to hair, for Corey to fix from start to finish. Corey begins with blemish removal, skin smoothing, contouring and highlighting
Corey continues with the eye shadow color to better match the eyes and then fixes a very common problem - clumpy mascara. Then, he finishes the complete look with the lips and hair.
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Shelley Giard


Resident of Florida, Shelley Giard has been practicing cosmetology for the past 20 years. With a love for beauty and a belief that the art of a hairstyle was only its best with great wardrobe and beautiful makeup, she began broadening her makeup artistry and wardrobe knowledge very shortly after becoming a stylist. With a strong belief ...

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  1. Profile photo of ktxls ktxls

    I really walk away from this tutorial with a great way to make an image of a women look more like them, however the tutorial jumps and skips, I can not see the tutorial all in one flowing lesson. I thought you were going to show us a technique on how to use your mouse if your not working with a pen sensitive pad.

    Overall the tutorial is very helpful
    —- Yes, please post my feedback

  2. Profile photo of Robert Robert

    I Love this course and learned so much regarding both photoshop and how a make up artist applies techniques to produce a polished look.
    I have Search the web looking for make up free portrait facial pictures on which to practice these techniques, but am surprised to discover a deficit of such images.
    Perhaps Kelby Training could add a library to its own site containing images and other such matter pertinent to its vast library of learning tutorials. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of Laura Laura

    Wow! Loved this course! Now I can’t wait to apply what I’ve learned.

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