Add digital lipstick with Photoshop

Introduction

The following tutorial will show you how to edit a photo by adding some lipstick to a pair of lips using Adobe Photoshop. The tutorial is intermediate level and assumes you know how to make a path, transform it into selection or stroke it, making new layers and applying filters.

1. Loading the original image

I’ve loaded here an image containing a pair of lips. The image is part of a bigger photo, so its quality is not very good (it happens very often to have to repair real life photos) so adding lipstick has to purposes: one is the lipstick effect itself, and one is to improve the photo’s quality.

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2. Creating a path

Create a path that is going all around the lips.

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3. Adding lipstick

Now transform the path created on step 2 into a selection, create a new transparent layer and fill the new selection with a color of your choice (the lipstick color).

lipstick

4. Making the contour line

Select a smooth brush, and select the contour color (usually more saturated than the lipstick color), make it’s width pretty small and proportional with your image size (6 px in my case) and then stroke the path created on step 2 with the new brush.

stroke

5. Finishing up

Now apply a “Gaussian Blur” on the lipstick layer to make it more realistic (I used a 3 px blur in my picture). Another adjustment may be made by using dodge and burn tool to define the lips more, and to add a little highlight if it’s a shiny lipstick :) .

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