Photoshop tutorial: How to fix lipstick and correct lip lines

Tigz Rice shows you how you can correct the lip line in Photoshop using a mixture of cloning techniques.

Intro


No matter how well lipstick or other lip colour is applied to a model by make-up artists, once on set you’re likely to find that the colour bleeds outwards from the lip line. This can be particularly problematic for bolder colours, which will be more obvious in close up beauty shots.

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In this tutorial, photographer Tigz Rice will show you how you can correct the lip line in Photoshop using a mixture of cloning techniques. You’l also learn how to apply a touch of frequency Sseparation to remove any chapping of the lips, and use layer styles to enhance the natural highlights on the lips.

Right: International Burlesque Performer Betsy Rose

Time to complete

10-30 mins - depending on retouching experience

Software needed

Photoshop (any version)

Step 1

STEP 1

To begin this tutorial on creating perfect lips in Photoshop, open your chosen image in that application and correct any exposure or white balance issues.

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Once you’re happy with the overall colour of the image, duplicate the background layer twice and rename each to ‘High’ and ‘Low’. We will be using Frequency Separation to soften the cracks in the lips.


Step 2

STEP 2

Hide the ‘High’ layer and select the ‘Low’ layer. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the Radius of the blur to 4. Press OK once done.

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Step 4

STEP 3

Right now your ‘High Frequency’ layer will look a little weird. Change the layer’s blending mode to Linear Light.

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Step 5

STEP 4

Once you’ve changed the blending mode to Linear Light, your image should return to its normal appearance.

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Step 6

STEP 5

Select the ‘High’ layer and the Clone Stamp tool (S). In the Options bar, set the Sample to Current Layer and the Opacity to 100%.

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Use the tool to even out the cracked texture of the lips. Remove any obvious lines or indentations, but be careful no to remove too much texture as this will make the results look fake.

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Step 7

Step 8

STEP 7

Select the Clone Stamp Tool and set its Sample to Current And Below at 10% opacity to even up tone of lips.

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Step 9

STEP 8

Click on the ‘High’ layer and create a new blank layer above it by pressing Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + N. Rename the new layer to ‘Darken’.

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Change the blending mode of the layer to Darken. Press OK.

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Step 10

STEP 9

Press Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + N again to create a second new blank layer and rename this layer ‘Lighten’.

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Change the blending mode of the layer to Lighten this time. Press OK.


Step 11

STEP 10

Select the Darken layer and switch back to the Clone tool (S). Create a generic round brush with 50% Hardness and 100% Opacity.

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Step 12

STEP 11

Set the blending mode of the Clone Tool to Darken.

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Step 13

STEP 12

Define your cloning source from the red lip and then gently brush in any areas around the edge of the lip where the colour is missing.

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Step 14

Step 15

STEP 14

Brush around the outside of the lips to remove any colour bleeding.

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Step 16

STEP 15

Finally, lets add some highlights. Create a new layer called ‘Highlights’ and use the Lasso tool (L) with a 5px radius to select the natural highlight area.

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Fill your selection area/s with white.


Step 17

STEP 16

Double click on the ‘Highlights’ layer to bring up the layer styles. On the Underlying Layer slider, drag the black pointer towards the middle.

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You should see the white area start to disappear to match the natural highlights.


Step 18

STEP 17

Then, hold down the ALT key and click and drag on the black slider to separate and fine tune the highlight areas.

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Press OK and drop the Opacity of the layer down to 50%.

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Step 19

STEP 18

Finally, highlight all of the layers and hold Shift while clicking on the New Group Icon to package everything up into one easy folder.

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Rename the folder ‘Lips’ and continue with the rest of your editing.