1. Warm Up Your White Balance
If it’s cloudy out and your skin starts to look a little white and colorless on camera, just slide your color temperature to a warmer tone, away from blue and into the yellow. This will bring warmth back into your skin tones and keep you from looking pale or pallid.
2. Spot heal/Clone Tool
In Lightroom it’s the “spot heal” and in Photoshop, Pixlr, Gimp, etc it’s the clone tool. Is there an unsightly blemish on your forehead? Just clone it out and replace it with clean skin. Got a little broccoli stuck in your teeth? Just spot heal yourself back into a clean set of pearly whites.
3. Negative Clarity
This tool may not be available in most free photo processing programs but it definitely is in Adobe Camera Raw and in Lightroom. Just shift your clarity slider to the left, into negative numbers. This will reduce contrast where dark areas meet light areas (i.e. wrinkles) and give your skin a little bit of a glow.
4. Local Brush
Got a little bit of mushiness in your thighs? Use a local brush on the area and reduce your clarity and contrast slightly. This will give the appearance of smoother skin. Be careful to not go too far though or the area will start to appear grayish and flat.
5. Maybe it’s just not your day today…
We all know that blogging is a full-time job. In fact, it’s even more than a full-time job trying to keep your readers updated and your blog’s content fresh and exciting. But some days there’s just no getting around it: you didn’t sleep last night, or you’re hungover, or whatever the problem may be, there are some days where you should just put the camera down, take a day off, and let your body recover and get back its natural, beautiful state.
[Photo by Nando Alvarez]