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Create Epic Makeup From Scratch in Photoshop

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Sep 06

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Today we are creating Epic Makeup on our model from scratch. All of the makeup is completely Photoshopped on. This is great to know because it will save your photo if you don’t have a make up artist to work with for your photos, or if the makeup you have isn’t what you wanted. Creating anything from scratch in Photoshop isn’t very easy, but there are things you can do to make things easier on yourself. For the lips for instance, we created a path that goes all around the lips, and used a selection from that path to define a layer mask on the Lips Group. Well, actually that doesn’t sound easy at all. But Hopefully when you view the video, it will become more clear.

We also apply Eyeshadow in a similar manner, starting out with a path, and filling it in with a color. To give it a bit more depth, we also add a stroke to the shape. From there we make a couple copies of the layers, blurring them to help blending in. Using Blend-If Also allows us to see the highlights from under the eyeshadow.

TIP: Keep Everything in Groups, it allows you to make easy adjustments using layer masks and opacity.


What was the biggest risk you have taken in your career/life? How Did it pay off?

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  • Steve

    You know…  I do have a life… I don’t MEAN to be the first one to post every night : ) 
    Wuh-Why? Do I get a prize if I do?  lol 

    I know this is unrelated so sorry in advice, but has anyone had experience with ? I’m lo’king to get a super-cool, super-cheap/free new site for myself as a BRAND! : )

  • Bj

    My biggest career challenge was when we moved to Hawaii and I had to take my dental hygiene licensing exams including retaking the written national boards.  After studying for 9 months I passed and worked as a hygienist on Kauai for many years when Aaron and his brothers were small.

  • Ian Arneson

    My biggest career challenge was actually when I decided to dedicate myself and money to learning Photography and photoshop. I went to college for Audio Engineering and Music Production, it was a complete night and day change. I began selling my audio equipment for photography equipment. This was scary in the sense that my education in the audio realm was expensive, and to abandon it for a new passion was risky, very ballsy. Needless to say, I have no regrets, people in the photography world are much nicer and welcoming then people in the music business.

  • JoshLaiho

    Mine is similar as Ian, only that my career is at least more similar, its Graphic Design. 
    I’ve invested my money in buying all the equipment i could need to start a business of my own and left behind everything about my studies. I’ve recently begun my business so i cant say if it has payed of monetarily speaking, but it has payed off psychologically speaking!
    Best of luck in your moving. And if you need workers in argentina let me know, would love to help you.   

  • Steve

    A CHALLENGE for you : )

    Oh, Aaron, dude!  I’ve had an interesting idea…  maybe even a CHALLENGE for you?!
    Just for 5hits-n-giggles!  I would LOVE to see you do a daily tutorial at 2am, sinking DRUNK!

    It’d be interesting to see what you come up with… and it would be so funny. The mind works in different ways when you’re a little wasted. Think of it as a bonus one-off wasted weekend challenge.  :D   *Clapping my hands together* “Hercules, Hercules, Hercules!”  lol

  • David D

    My biggest life changing move was going from pursuing a music career in composition which I started as young as I could remember to drastically deciding to do photography at 22 because I felt led that this is what I must do in life. I quit college, quit my job, sold most of my toys to fund a dslr three years ago. I dedicated my time in pursuing the craft the best I could and happened to find myself working in photography three months later while being taught by others who were better. Almost every area in my life has drastically changed for the better. My entire perspective is now positive and outgoing, new friendships that’ll last a lifetime, and friends and strangers who are amazingly supportive since then. All I can say is I am very glad I took that leap of faith, I couldn’t imagine how life would be without taking the risk.

  • Romane

    My biggest move in my live so far was moving to US with $600 backs in my pocket :D It was good choice.
    If I didn’t take a risk I wouldn’t find a photography as a big hobby.
    Aaron good luck in Chicago. I am polish and I’ve never been to Chicago. One day I will have to visit that place. Maybe I will come to some Phlearn workshops ;)

  • Jeni

    The biggest life altering move I ever did was 9 years ago. I was 18 years old, only 20 days after I graduated high school. I got married and moved from Ohio to Washigton State! I left everything and everyone I knew, to move across the country with my husband who was in the military. It was the beat decision I ever made. 9 years and 2 daughters later we are still married and he’s my biggest supporter in EVERYTHING I do. He pushes me in photography. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t even think a career in photography would be possible.

    I know you’ll do great in Chicago! If I could move 2500 miles from my home…and survive, I know you’ll do just fine in Chicago. Especially with as much support as you have from everyone!!! If you’re ever in central Ohio let me know!

  • Jeni

    That’s awesome. I went to college for a year to pursue a music education degree. After that first year college nearly killed my love of music. I’ve always had an interest in photography so I talked to my counselor at the school about switching majors. He told me, basically, that I should just pursue photography. After viewing my measly portfolio, he didn’t believe college was necessary for a photography career. So, I left college to become a stay at home mother, which gave me the time to learn more about photography, get some practice (using my daughters, husband, and siblings as guinea pigs) build my portfolio. I still have a lot to learn but I feel that the time I’ve spent has paid off and I’m nearly ready to have a legit photograghy business. =)

  • Ben Leavitt

    Quote of the day:
    “Kinda looks like a…..I dunno….. something that I don’t want to say”

  • Anan Adnan

    OMG Phlearn is becoming a very big thing i’m so happy i wish you all the luck in the word :D i wish i can be part of this awesome team 
    any way i think my biggest move is to be booked for a real photography shoot for people i dont know and ask them for money !!! and i’m so scared that they dont like my work or think its not worth paying till now i was shooting only people i know and they say that my work is good but there is some thing inside me think that they are saying this just because they are my friend or a relative but i got some courage and made a business card and next Tuesday i have my first total stranger to photograph in a wadding  WHAAAAT !! :o
    i cant believe it i’m so excited and scared :| so wish me luck :)  

  • Dale Antony Richards

    British beer is the best =] plus we get to drink at 18, I think you should come UK; just sayin’ =P

  • Anonymous

    Biggest risk was leaving a normal j.o.b. to work as an independent contractor. That was 6 years ago…soon time for another risk, me thinks. Hire me!

  • Massimo Variolo

    Aaron, what you thin about associate a download button to every video? There is an addon for firefox to do that but is unconfortable :)

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  • Ashley DiNorcia

    Go to Goose Island for some good beer. They have a whole bunch. Also, check this out next summer there’s some amazing craft beers there

    You’re going to LOVE it here and I think Phlearn will do really well here! See ya around :)

  • Rhiannon Brunett

    When you said “gimme a kiss” my husband blew coffee everywhere in an attempt not to laugh. We then rolled around laughing for a good 5 minutes. Thanks for the slice of joy to start off the day. 

    I have friends who live in Chicago. My husband and I are planning on visiting next year. I’ll come by, we’ll eat some food. 

  • Aaron Nace

    Hahaha, sounds great Rhiannon, can’t wait to meet you

  • Aaron Nace

    Thanks Ashley!

  • Aaron Nace

    We can do it together! RISK TIME

  • Aaron Nace

    Thanks Jeni, what an amazing story! Love Love Stories!

  • Aaron Nace

    We will be happy to hang out Romane

  • Aaron Nace

    Haha Steve, that sounds like a challenge I can get on board with.

  • Eric Burgers

    Biggest career move: leaving my old job (16 years of service) to join a startup company, just 1.5 years ago. Best choice ever. Anyone familiar with corporate BS knows what I am talking about. If you don’t: read the Dilbert comics to know what I’m talking about. Free at last!

    Excellent episode, Aaron. I had a few good laughs and learned something again on the side! Thanks!

  • Steve

    Kopparberg Pear Cider!
    I drink beer, I but pear cider on a warn afternoon is Heaven! 
    It HAS to be ‘Kopparberg’, the rest taste like pizz, every last one of them.

  • Steve

    You’re too cool! lol

  • Jane

    I invested my life savings to open a fine art photography gallery in 2005.  It closed within a year.  BUT, I DON’T REGRET IT. IT WAS THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE.

    And, it’s not stopping me from trying again….soooooon

  • Mili

    Hi Aron,

    the biggest risk I ever took was less than year ago. I left secure, corporate (decent paid) job I had in homeland (Serbia) and came to USA don’t knowing what to expect (I had only one friend here). I wasn’t leaving only the job: I left everything secure and I considered being my home (family, friends, luxury when u need something u know who to call and where to go and solve your problem in 5 minutes). All that because the dream: to do photography full time, learn the things I want to be expert in one day (related to photography again, of course), be more free in every possible way etc. 
    How did it pay off? It’s too early to say, but let’s say I “lost” some things and I gain much more. I met my life partner, I came to the point that I’m really on the good way to build my own photography business, even you’re moving here (so I can work with you hehe)…In general, was definitely worth!! I’m just sorry I came to this continent like a savage so I limited myself in many aspect…but that’s another story. I’ll always support people who have balls to dream they dream and who dare to try. In worst case, if doesn’t go in the way you were hoping, at least you’ll learn important life lesson and grow as a person. But, no matter how hard is it, if you find the way how to remain calm and positive, success is guaranteed.
    See you in Chicago!
    PS: let me know if you need any help!

  • Mili

    PS: Cheers!

  • Tara DiPetrillo

    Thanks for the shout out! I love you maaaan, Big Poppa A! And I will still be your Makeup Artist! ;) It’s such a short plane ride. 

    Great episode as always! 

  • Tara DiPetrillo

    And by the way you were right, that can be eyeliner and/or eyeshadow. ;) It could also be pigment, a cream, face paint… I’d have to see the pic closer to tell, unless it’s super photoshopped. Good phlearning yourself, A-ron! Mama’s proud! 

  • Say Hi to Seilo

    I haven’t watched Phlearn for a while (sorry!) but this episode is FANTASTIC! Aaron, when did you get trapped in that little box!?

  • Diana Silvia Teodorescu

     I thought moving in another city in my country without knowing anybody there was a big change, I was going to University. But after 6 year there I realised that there are no jobs there was no future, I was stuck  and instead of going backwards ..moving back home ..I took a chance and applied to study in the UK (alone in another country, another culture, another language, a different University) I basicaly started over and well..I am here now, after a year I can say that I would have regretted not taking the opportunity. I have a new passion, I love Uni life here, I found great people and an amazing boyfriend. So I think taking risks, making changes are the only ways to move forward.

    Good luck Aaron! and have fun during this new experience! :)

  • Justin Bonaparte

    Great show today!

  • Christy Ruth

    I moved to Florida from Pennsylvania with no job and no prospects. Within a month, I got a job with a National Magazine as an Assistant Style Editor. (Even though I am a photographer). I have no doubts my future will be bright.

  • Benjamin Benson

    QUESTION: When you select a layer you have a box around it that has anchor points so you can manipulate the layer (like when you flip the eye make-up for the other eye), whenever I select the layer and flip it, the move tool moves it but it doesn’t have the box around it so I can manipulate it, how do I get that to appear. Thanks Phlearn community!

  • Benjamin Benson

    Nevermind, saw there was a box on top for the show transform controls.

  • John Paul Rivano

    this is amazing episode!!!

  • Aaron Brown

    So awesome! Thanks, Aaron. You just blew through this and I’m all like, what? :D I’ll get it, though.

    Oh, and I know you’re already in Chi-Town, and technically what I’m about to tell you about is an Indiana craft beer near my house, but check out Three Floyd’s “Robert the Bruce” if you can. Yum. Or Chicago’s own, Goose Island’s Oatmeal Stout. Double yum!

  • Samuel

    “To those of you who are under 21…this tastes horrible. Just horrible.”
    Says the guy who started using photoshop at age 15 in order to make fake IDs…

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