How to Apply Makeup in Photoshop


Some cosmetic counters or make-over studios are equipped with a computer system that captures a person’s face and shows on screen the effect that their products will have on the face. It goes to show how easy it is now to change how a person looks using a computer. The most important thing you need to remember in this tutorial is to keep the makeup natural.

  • Select [File]-[Open] from the menu bar. The Open dialog box appears.
  • Open the image.
  • Press [Ctrl]+[+] to zoom in on the face.
  • Select the Selection Brush Tool from the toolbox. Set Size to 5 Pixels, Mode to Mask, and Hardness to 100%.
  • Click and drag over both eyeballs to apply a mask. With the eye¬balls masked, you can apply eye makeup without getting any on them. A masked area is protected from the changes made to the rest of the image. You can invert a masked area by clicking [Select]-[Inverse]. The previously unmasked areas will become masked instead.

How to Apply Makeup in Photoshop Apply Makeup in Photoshop

  • Click the Set Foreground Color icon in the toolbox. The Color Picker dialog box appears.
  • Set the RGB values to 0, 246, and 255 respectively.
  • Click OK. The foreground color changes.
  • Select the Brush Tool from the toolbox. In the Brush Tool options bar, set Size to 20 pixels and Opacity to 15%.
  • Reducing the opacity makes the color more transparent.
  • Click and drag the Brush Tool over the upper eyelids as if applying eye shadow.
  • Click the Set Foreground Color icon in the toolbox to change to another eye shadow color. In the Color Picker dialog box, set the RGB values to 0, 12, and 255, respectively. Click OK. This darker blue will be used for the inner edges of the upper eyelids.
  • In the Brush Tool options bar, set Size to 12 pixels and Opacity to 22%. The smaller brush size enables you to line the inner edges of the eyelids more accurately.
  • Click and drag along the inner edges of the upper eyelids. This completes the make-up on the upper eyelid.
  • Pressing [Ctrl] + [H] will hide the distracting, marching-ants selection border. Pressing [Ctrl]+[H] again will bring back to view.
  • Click on the Set Foreground Color icon in the toolbox. In the Color Picker dialog box, set the RGB values to 255. 150. and 0, respectively. Click OK.
  • In the Brush Tool options bar, set Size to 20 pixels and Opacity to 10%.
  • Draw along the edges below the eyes.
  • Select the Burn Tool from the toolbox. In the options bar, set Size to 5 pixels and Exposure to 50%.
  • Click and drag over the edge of the eyelids as if applying eyeliner.
  • In the options bar, set Size to 15 pixels.
  • Click and drag over the eyebrows to make them look more even.
  • Note that the eye makeup has covered the eyelid lines. In the options bar, set Size to 5 pixels. Click and drag the Burn Tool to draw the eyelid lines back in.
  • In the options bar, set Size to 3 pixels. Click and drag the Burn Tool outwards from the eyes as if applying mascara.
  • Click the Set Foreground Color icon in the toolbox to change to a lipstick color. In the [Color Picker] dialog box, set the RGB values to 251, 6, and 6, respectively. Click OK.
  • Select the Brush Tool from the toolbox. In the Brush Tool options bar, set Size to 15 pixels and Opacity to 10%.
  • Draw over the lips.
  • Select the Burn Tool from the toolbox. In the options bar, set Size to 10 pixels.
  • Click and drag the Burn Tool over the pupils in the eyes. This darkens the pupils, making the eyes more prominent.
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About the Author: Justin Belden is a freelance web & graphic designer with over 15 years' experience. He is also an Avid member of the Design/Development community and a Serial Blogger who loves to help people by sharing interesting and informative tips and trick related to computer and technology.

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