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6 Simple Steps for Applying Makeup with Photoshop

As a Portrait Photographer, nothing beats the luxury of working with a Professional Makeup Artist….but what if that’s not possible? Well, here’s a simple technique for applying makeup using Photoshop that can certainly help out:


STEP 1: With your Foreground Colour set to ‘Black’ choose a Soft Edged Brush from the Tool Bar.


STEP 2: Enter Quick Mask Mode by clicking once on the icon at the bottom of the Tool Bar or by simply pressing ‘Q’ on your keyboard.


STEP 3: Brush over the area where you want to apply the makeup with your Black Brush in Quick Mask Mode; this will be visible by the Red Overlay.


STEP 4: Exit Quick Mask Mode by clicking once on the icon at the bottom of the Tool Bar or by again pressing ‘Q’ on your keyboard.

STEP 5: Choose a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and place a click in the ‘Colorize’ check box.


STEP 6: Change the Blend Mode of the Adjustment Layer to ‘Color’ and then simply move the Hue, Saturation, Lightness sliders to apply the makeup.


Of course it’s always best, if you’re able, to work with a Makeup Artist but for those times when that’s simply not possible or maybe you want to ‘tweek’ makeup that had already been applied, then this technique can do a great job.

Enjoy 🙂

13 Comments on 6 Simple Steps for Applying Makeup with Photoshop

  1. very helpfull, thanks for sharing Glyn.

  2. amazing work conrgats

  3. Leonard F Grant Jr // 09/05/2011 at 8:32 pm //

    Sorry, this does not work for me. I use CS5 and when I click out of Quick Mask Mode, the whole picture is selected! It is so simple but, soemthing is wonky on my end. Thanks.

  4. Hey Leonard, it’s only a minor thing you need to change for this to work for you. You need to make sure that Quick Mask Mode is set to ‘Selected Areas’. To check this double click on the Quick Mask icon at the bottom of the tool bar and make sure that ‘Selected areas’ is ticked in the dialog box that pops up.

    Hope that helps,

  5. amazing!
    After step 4 I had to invert selection to make it work

  6. Hey William, thanks for the comment.
    Quick thing…double click on the Quick Mask icon in the tool bar and make sure the dialog box is set to ‘Selected Areas’ … that’ll mean you won’t need to invert the selection cos what you’re painting is what you’re selecting.

    Hope that helps,

  7. thanks a lot, i will use it for sure, nice post

  8. thank you for this helpful article. it s good for sharing something like this

  9. Really appreciate the tip with the “Selected areas”. I was searching all over the web for this little thing!

  10. Its reaaly very nice. Its also another free sites for image editing.

  11. ITS select all excluding where i color ! 🙁 what can i do ?

  12. Thank you !!! That tips was really usefull

  13. Its really good job

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