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How to edit a beauty portrait in photoshop


What is the best way to edit a modern glamour beauty portrait in photoshop?

For the most part, editing modern glamour and fashion inspired beauty portraits in photoshop is one of those personal style preference sort of things. Even though expressing artistic style and branding is important, at the end of the day you want the person inthe image to love it.

I think the biggest issues are:

♥ How much to edit the skin?

♥ If the eyes should be lightened?

♥ Should every single wee freckle be maintained for authenticity?

♥ How much to whiten teeth?

What is most important to me is that the person in the pic loves the image. I want her to feel beautiful. I think the amount of photoshop you use to adjust an image varies in the personal preference of the subject.

I have had ladies who didn’t want a drop of shop, and other women who wanted the works. No matter which side of the debate you fall on, I think we can all agree that we like images that look authentic and show the person in a realistic way.

One of the reasons I love photoshop, is that it takes some of the pressure off me having to get the lighting and styling perfect. Knowing that I can go in a fix all my little tech mistakes has made it so I can focus a little more on getting gorgeous poses and connection.

I think at the end of the day, it is the connection that matters most.

If you want to see how my basic workflow for editing a modern glamour beauty portrait, check out my tutorial video below.

How to Edit a Modern Glamour Beauty Portrait in Photoshop

Here are some of the resources I mentioned for awesome Photoshop Actions:

♥ Floribella Collection.

♥ Paint the Moon Photoshop Actions.

Photography can be so freaking techie and complicated. The gear, the lighting, the styling and posing are a lot of factors in play that can people who want to give it a try on the sidelines, especially if you just want to take cute pictures of your kids. Throw Photoshop in the mix and overwhelm can happen quickly.

Honestly some of the real artistry comes out of what you do to your image in Photoshop. I hope this tutorial about how I edit my beauty portrait images gets you inspired to take some photos and share them on your own websites!

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Have you ever wondered how to take your hobby and make it into a business that you can do at home?

I thought for a long time that if I just made pretty stuff that people would just come and buy it because I believed the “Make it and they will come,” myth.

I followed my creative path for years, but stayed stuck and broke. It wasn’t enough just to make beautiful things.

I had to learn to make things that mattered to people. And not just any people, the people that got me. Who spoke my language of vintage prom dresses, millinery ribbons, and and polka dots.

Until you start making money from your creative passion, you are in the hobby zone.

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The hobby zone is actually great. I loved crafting and creating to my heart’s content. But it doesn’t always pay the bills. And there is no guarantee that it will matter to someone, help someone, or have a meaningful impact. It took me years to figure out how to create work that was meaningful and fun to me and mattered to other people.

When I chatted with my beloved friend Jennifer Hayslip we discovered how we had this struggle in common, and what it took to find our path.

Jenn and I also noticed that certain stuff we tried worked, and some stuff didn’t.

What Worked: 

♥ Staying in touch with our authentic strengths, such as love of learning and care of others.

♥ The passion and appreciation for creating beauty is at the foundation of our business.

♥ Identifying our values was key to the framework of our business.

♥ Feeling fear, but doing it anyway.


What did NOT work:

♥  Worrying about if we were doing things right.

♥  Being unsupportive of other creative women.

♥  Blowing off goals.

♥  Waiting for the ‘right’ time.

Because of all of the things we have discovered along the way, we cooked up something because we want to share it with you! Join us on October 11th for a Free Webinar.

We are going to share with you the 7 essential steps to create, plan and get what you want! Click the blue phone to register! It’s as simple as that!

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  • November 2, 2014 - 11:29 am

    Leah - Hello, I’m new to your lovely site and I like your emphasis on helping others go from hobby zone to making money. One thing I couldn’t find though is the hobby you turned into a business.

    What is it that you make that is now a money-maker? Or is it just creating products that are suppose to help others make money?

    I see this all the time-people who claim to be making money by turning their hobby into a business, only to find out that the reason they are making so much money is because they are selling “how to” books.

    I hope you are different?

    By the way, I love that beautiful picture at the very top! All your photos are lovely.ReplyCancel

    • November 3, 2014 - 8:00 am

      Christine Rose Elle - Hey Leah!

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment and nice words. It really means a lot.

      To answer your questions, first my hobbies that I am now making money from are my photography:

      And now my life coaching:

      I have been designing and creating my whole life, and though I was a successful stylist, I couldn’t figure out a way to make money making jewelry and art. Mostly because I didn’t understand the importance of branding, and creating for others instead of just making pretty things. It wasn’t until I learned that no matter what you create, if you want it to be a business, you must create for others in way that helps them, creates a memory, or is niched and positioned to target the exact person you intend. In other words, “build it and they will come,” is a long shot that probably won’t work. If you create something, and want to make a living from it, your business must have a model.

      As far as making money from this information, I have a few online courses that is a scaleable way to share what I know that can help other solopreneurs, life coaches, and creatives. In addition to dollars for hours exchange, my model includes several revenue streams that are scaleable. I think no matter what your creative thing is, it can be made into a thriving business as long as you build it as such and identify the revenue stream that will work best for your product.

      I do have a “how to” book about Organic Beauty products, which is sold on Amazon, which is another in multiple revenue stream.

      Here are the general rules for turing your hobby into a business:

      1. Make something that helps people, or creates a memory.
      2. Identify multiple revenue streams so that if one dies, you can support your business with the others.
      3. Create scalability in a way that serves your audience.
      4. Niche your product so that your offering can be priced for a premium market.
      5. Create a bread and butter revenue stream so that your dollars for hours art/service is at the top of your pricing.

      As far as being different, I am not exactly sure what you mean, but I will say that you seem to have identified a really important pain point that MJ DeMarco addresses in his book The Millionaire Fast Lane inwhich he calls out folks such as Suze Orman, and others who are on the “Fast Lane Model” while selling info about the “slow lane.”

      Great conversation, and a topic I think is a great one to bring to the table!

      Thanks so much, and please let me know if you have any questions or insights about my business!


      • November 3, 2014 - 10:57 am

        Leah - Okay! That all makes sense. Your hobby turned successful business is photography, which makes you an authentic voice when writing or speaking about how to turn your hobby into a business.

        There are a lot of voices out there that ring hollow because they have made a successful business out of the “how to make money out of your hobby” only to find that they didn’t make money out of their hobby.

        Their “hobby” that makes them money is simply in selling the info-products themselves. That’s what I meant. I hope I made sense that time?!

        I look forward to reading more.

        On another note, did you know that I have to check back here to see if you have commented in return? Your responses don’t go right to my e-mail. Just thought I’d let you know!ReplyCancel

        • November 3, 2014 - 11:04 am

          Christine Rose Elle - Thanks for letting me know. Must be a setting in WordPress that I haven’t figured out! Lol!

          BTW do you have a hobby that you have been trying to turn into a business? I would love to know what works for you, what doesn’t and what kind of things inspire you to bring your business online! It can be a real jungle out there. Please let me know if I can ever help you bring your dreams to reality!

          Sending hugs,



Personal stylist and entrepreneur Hilary Rushford from Dean Street Society wants to show you how to simplify your life starting with you closet! She is my go-to-gal when it comes to feminine, uptown chic.

She made me fall in love with color again. Check out her latest video and see for yourself!

Simple style comes alive with pops of pink and artfully placed flowers.

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Though I do more coaching than styling these days, I still love the feeling I get when I just feel great with what I am wearing.

I have always been a fashion girl, which is great but it has a dark side.

Fashion mistakes:

♥ Buying clothes that don’t fit. No, you won’t take it in to get tailored. It will end up shoved in the dark corners of the closet.

♥ Too many dinner shoes. (Read, so freaking uncomfortable that they only work going from valet to table and back.)

♥ Thinking white pants are an option. I applaud you if you are one of the few that can actually get away with them without dumping salad dressing down the front, or ending up covered in dog prints.

♥ Jeans without stretch. Just kill me.

♥ Bad vintage. I love vintage as much as the next gal, but sooo hard to find stuff that fits, doesn’t have pit stains, or make you look like a frump.

I talk about vintage style from the twenties with NY Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn! You are going to love what she has to say about the Queen!


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Part of my feeling great and overall well-being is about enjoying fashion, and loving what I wear.

Check out Hilary Rushford’s latest online course if you want to up your style game! She makes if fun, practical and simple!

Ahhh. At last!

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We already know that learning from failure is the new black.

When you try to do something that matters to you only to fail, it can be really painful. But since you’re smart, you know that failure is a part of the process and the path so we now know how to bounce back.

Which is cool because it normalizes failure.

When I first started doing yoga, I knew NOTHING about it. I had no idea that the poses and practice are representative of  a deeper practice of learning to be imperfect. I just thought of it as stretchy exercise.

During a level 3 (God what was I thinking) class in which I was attempting poses I had no business doing, I fell.

It wasn’t just a sweet little flail. It was an epic, sloppy, slapstick prat fall. I flopped in a boneless heap with a dull thud.

The teacher shouted across the entire room at me, “Fall up!”

Meaning, have a little control, would you?

After my mortification wore off, (oh my twenty year old self…I love you.) it struck me like a lightning bolt!

There is beauty and control in falling with grace.

There is a light body way to fall that though it is not your intended desire, can be just as beautiful as getting it right.

The same applies to failure. Failure only sucks because of the detailed story in our head, and our attachment to getting things right.

So what does it mean to “Fail up?”

Failing up means that you surrender to whatever the outcome may be, with a willingness to feel and learn from discomfort along the way.

You might say that being and artist and entrepreneur is a series of fail/pivot, fail/pivot, fail/pivot.

You you could call it willingness to practice something so many times, that you build muscle memory with each pass.

But you may have to be a clumsy gazelle for a minute.

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I have got a brand new coaching workshop coming up in which you won’t have to try any humiliating pretzel bends.

It’s called Wishcraft: How to get anything you want.

It is a step by step proven method based on the incredible work of writer and therapist Barbara Sher.

My special guest expert is Jennifer Hayslip. We are gonna share with you our proven method for building a plan to make your dream happen.


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Jennifer is going to share how she used the Wishcraft method to manifest her dream of becoming a children’s photographer and artist.

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Get on the list for my next live coaching workshop!



Getting back your purpose

How do you get your creative purpose back on track?


Most people make their shiny new goals to lose 10 pounds, save money for a trip, or finally take that course on meditation on on New Years Day. For me, back-to-school time is the best time to re examine, and re-up your creative purpose, goals and plans.

The summer craziness is over, the kids are back on schedule, and everyone is ready to buckle down for the run up until the holidays. Fall is the perfect time to revisit your goals in life.

Clearing your head and getting back to your plan and purpose is easier to say than do.

If you want to get things done and go get what you want out of life, regrouping and reassessing your plan and purpose is essential.


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Time is your biggest asset here, so let me just cut to the chase for ya.

Here are the 6 steps for redefining your purpose:

♥ Clear off your desk. Seriously. You have no idea what you are up against.

♥ Ask yourself what is your ultimate day? Write it down. (Where you are going.)

♥ Decide what elements of that day are indispensable. (What is important to you.)

♥ Now list all the real world problems standing in your way. (Problems to solve.)

♥ Set a target and break it down in to tiny parts. (How you will get there.)

So there you have it!

Is it easy? Uh, no.

But getting the chaos out of your head, revisiting what is important to you is the way you get where you want to go.

Purpose is simply getting in touch with what really matters to you.

Then making a plan to steer the ship toward what you want.


Want to know more about how to use mindfulness to get what you want?

Listen to The Stylish Entrepreneur Podcast.

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  • September 8, 2014 - 9:34 am

    Kate Erickson - Christine, thank you so much for this post! Beautifully put with actionable advice to help get us where we need to be – love it! Finding your purpose is definitely not easy, but the more we can break things down (just the same way you have here), then the easier they are to take action on.ReplyCancel

    • September 8, 2014 - 12:29 pm

      Christine Rose Elle - Thank you so much Kate! you are the master of getting stuff done! I super appreciate the visit, wisdom and sweet comment! xxoReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Maritza Parra - Christine, first I have to say I ADORE your website! Love the advice in your post, particularly the part about writing down your perfect day and then breaking up how to make it real into bite-sized pieces…

    A big lesson for small steps for me was running my first marathon. I just focused on each single step and that’s the only way I got to my goal. Now, I use that experience to do the same as an entrepreneur and sometimes it’s the only way I can get stuff done!ReplyCancel

    • September 8, 2014 - 12:28 pm

      Christine Rose Elle - Maritza! Thank you so much for the compliment on my site! I really appreciate it so much! High five to getting stuff done! xoxoReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2014 - 10:02 am

    Jodi Flynn - Christine, I needed this. I’m busy with life and business and it’s all good. However, it’s time to take a time-out and make sure everything is in alignment with where I am going (and I’m going where I want to be in the first place).

    Love the inspiration you bring!ReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Paul Blais - What a great article. I am a total believer that you can rekindle your creativity. I love you first point about clearing your desk. Nothing thrills me more than a tidy work space, even though my area is usually a disaster. I posted on FB a while ago, “You don’t know what you have until you clean your car.” I think the same can be said of the desk area. So much gets lost there, including our creativity. I wrote about this idea of nurturing your creativity a little while ago (
    Thanks for the great article.ReplyCancel

    • September 8, 2014 - 12:26 pm

      Christine Rose Elle - Thank you Paul! If you saw the state of my car…I think you would worry! LOL. Can’t wait to check out your blog. Thanks for the link! And for dropping by! xooxReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2014 - 12:55 pm

    Frank Gustafson (@fgustafson) - Ouch… clear off my desk! Now that really hits home! OK, I’ll try it! Great tips Christine. Rock on!ReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Kevin Jordan - I love the idea of breaking down tasks that are seemingly unmanageable into smaller chunks. A mighty oak won’t be felled with one swing, but if you take an ax to it once a day for a year…that thing is coming down!ReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2014 - 6:49 pm

    Wade Danielson - Love action items that make me think. Ultimate day? Thats a PHENOMENAL question. I visualize my ideal day, week and overall life and it gets me out of bed every morning read to go. Purpose is all you need to be a morning person!!ReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    Darcy Sabatino - Great tips on getting back on the creative track. Sometimes we just need a little inspiration. You deliver that, and more! Great read :)ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2014 - 5:43 am

    Karen Osburn - Great practical and simple tips, Christine! Simple is always good, and often harder than it appears to actually DO IT! Thanks for this great reminder today :)ReplyCancel