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Yup, that’s right. What kind of dumbass does that? I’m claiming it. I’m the dumbass. Sometimes you come unprepared with situations like picture taking with family or friends. It’s almost impossible to attend a gathering without a make up on for the ladies. However, what if you’ve done something else tiring earlier during the day that made your look exhausted and dull. And though it’s supposed to be a happy occasion, you just don’t want to look back because every time you open that photo album, you feel like closing it again instead of showing it to everybody.
Uhuh, I know how you feel. That’s why we’re ending you’re dilemma.
Sit still and I’ll show you a tutorial on how to put make up on, even after a photo-shoot. ^_^

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Today I’m going to use GIMP as my platform. And I’ll use Gisele Bundchen’s(model) photo to improve. Now you may open up your own picture for this.

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*Note on this picture before I started, I duplicated the original picture twice. On the 2nd layer: Menu-filter-Gaussian Blur 15%, then place the layer mode to “Overlay”. now the skin and photo texture looks better. I also made the eyebags dissapear(the tutorial u’ll see on my “Painless beauty in seconds” blog). And with the 3rd copy, I placed below every photo, remained invisible to serve as a back up and named it “original layer”.

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Once you’ve opened up a picture, right click on the thumbnail print at the right side “layer part”. Then click new layer-transparent. Just like how we do make up, we’ll put foundation on first. We’re going to use a white with a very little hue of pink. But the majority of the color should still remain as white. Make sure the transparent layer is highlighted, name it “foundation layer”. You must paint on every face and neck skin avoiding the eyeballs, eyebrows, lips, nose holes. Once done, Go to Menu-Filters-Gaussian Blur 15-20px, click ok. then lower down the layer opacity, to desired color. You could also place it on “Overlay” layer mode, but it depends on what you like.

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Next, we’ll do the lipstick. You’ll do the same, almost exact procedure. Make a new transparent layer. You could pick any color you choose, any thing in between red and pink is safe. Make a new layer then name it “lipstick”. Use the fuzzy brush and paint on the lips. Go to Menu-Filters-Gaussian Blur 7-10px, click ok. Then lower down the layer opacity to around 10%-30%.You could play around and experiment with the colors without changing the actual color or touching the color pallette, simply by changing or scrolling down the layer mode to overlay/hue/screen or whatever you wish.

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Now make a new layer again- a transparent one. Name it “blush on”. then go to Color palette and pick a color somewhere in between red and pink. Once you’re ok with the color, use the fuzzy brush and paint the cheek portion and forming a triangular shape, inverted downwards.

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Get to the filters menu then Gaussian Blur, around 10px. Finally, lower down the layer opacity(10-40%) ’til you get the natural blush you needed.

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Above you’ll see the original eye portion w/o make up at all.
Now this time, were going to put eyeliner on. Make another transparent layer, and name it “eyeliner”. Let’s use color black for this. then using a small fuzzy brush will draw a line around the eyes, or better yet draw on the eye outline itself. And then go to Menu-Filters-Gaussian Blur 10px, click ok.Then lower down the layer scale opacity according to what’s enough for you. Here I’ve used an eyelash brush(http://project-gimpbc.deviantart.com/art/GIMP-Eyelashes-Brushes-63531352) I’ve downloaded, and used it to thicken her eyelashes.

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You could also do the eyeshadow, by doing the exact same techniques.
Here I’ve chosen a blue green eyeshadow (HTML notation: 7dbebe).
Keep playing on the layer mode ’til you get a good hue of the color you have chosen. You could also duplicate this layer then play with the layer mode, and you’ll see a richer effect.

Make a habit of saving this as a whole project before merging all layers down. So you could get back to it and make changes as you like later on.

Now to save it as a normal photo. you must flatten this image first. If you think you’re satisfied with the make up and would like to make it final, right click on the layer and merge it down to the Original photo.Or better yet, if you’re finished with everything, right click and merge all visible layers to make the procedure quick.

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Now, you don’t have to be afraid to look dull on camera.
After all, you could do the make up after the shoot anyway.

No I’m not talking bout surgeries. No pain is involved here. No surgical recoveries, no sacrifice and long waits. But a couple of minutes for patience to details.

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Make your eye bags  disappear, whiten your teeth, lose fats and wrinkles in just a couple of minutes. You’d absolutely look good in reunion photos and in your friend’s wedding album.
I’m not talking about magic nor miracle, but we could probably put it that way. I’m talking bout graphic photo editing softwares like GIMP and Photoshop.
How easily we could do those this days. Just a few clicks, and you’d get to where you want to be, control how you wanted to be seen and how you wanted to be remembered in an occassion. 

GIMP can do mostly, what Photoshop can do.  GIMP is more popular with Ubuntu or Linux(Operating system) users. It requires little hard drive space. But the best thing about it is, it’s free and portable.  Photoshop on the other hand, requires a lot of space, and ADOBE got so much more to brag about. Unlike GIMP that sometimes runs slow and freezes Photoshop runs efficiently. I could say nothing bad, you just get what you paid for. 
But anyway this isn’t about these 2 softwares. It’s about what they can do for you to pull out the old photos out of the basement chest and display it once again. You’d be so proud of your pictures you’d duplicate copies to give away, even blow up the size and post it on living room walls.

Let’s start off and use GIMP.
Use a tired looking photo to edit. Now our goal for now is to get rid of the eyebags that make a face look older.
this is the picture that we’re going to improve.

Now we’ll take few easy steps. Once you’ve opened your picture you must click on the smudge tool (hand icon) and use a fuzzy brush, then lower it’s opacity a bit. Resize the brush a bit bigger according to what’s needed.

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Once ready, drag the tool upwards to the eyebags avoiding to touch the eyelids so the eyes won’t look distorted. The direction of the brush should be from the upper cheek upwards leading to the side.
Now here’s the outcome. VERY SIMPLE and slick

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Let’s now move on to.. TEETH WHITENING:
Now, what we’re going to do next is whiten you’re noticeable yellowish teeth. Yup, you won’t need to see your dentist for it and cry in pain.
Right click current layer and click on “NEW transparent layer”
The purpose of making a new layer is to have the back up of original look, just in case you make mistakes or you wish to undo and redo changes you’ve made.
Just get a fuzzy brush.
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Click on the color palette. Then change the values of Red, Green and Blue (Red=230 Green=230 Blue=255), the outcome color will be a very very light blue.
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Then change the brush opacity to 10%.Then change the size of your brush acording to your smallest teeth.

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Make sure the “transparent layer”(upper layer) is highlighted, while you brush on the teeth portion only. And you may brush as much as your tooth needs whitening.

And there you go..
These techniques combined could make a flawless deceiving photo. Goodbye Eyebags, Hello Pearly White teeth!

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Later, I’d do a follow up article on this, concentrating on how to do or put make up on(such as
lipstick, foundation, blush on, eye makeup, etc.)  using GIMP or Photoshop.
After you find out how these things are done. I’m sure you’re gonna have all your facebook/myspace profile photos pimped out. And I bet you’re gonna have more than a dozen “likes” for it.