by Alex Beadon, Contributor

Hey Chicas! My name is Alex Beadon and I am so excited to announce some awesome news: On the first Tuesday of every month I will be posting here on the Chic Critique blog as a regular contributor to the new blog series, “Teaching Tuesdays”. I’ll be leaving you with inspirational tips all to do with business, photoshop and photography in general! YAY!

Today’s post takes you behind-the-scenes of the editing process to one of my very own self portraits. I have never done a tutorial like this before, where I go through the entire process with you from start to finish – without a single end goal in mind.

Here is what you’ll learn:

  • How to get rid of distractions
  • How to remove blemishes on the skin
  • How to lighten dark circles under the eyes
  • How to smoothen out the skin using Beauty Mask
  • All about my love affair with layer masks & opacities
  • How to add definition to your photo with CONTOUR
  • How to change hair colour
  • How to add make-up
  • How to change eye colour
  • How to change skin colour (sunless tan! ;)
  • How to use actions “Scarlet Love” and “Sweet & Dreamy” to beautify the colours
  • How to use actions “Alex’s Sharpy” and “Boom Boom Pow” to sharpen
Hint: If you are interested in buying all actions from The Inspired Store, make sure to sign up to my newsletter to get a discount code that will allow you to purchase the “buy all” collection for £99 as opposed to £129! Woop woop!
I hope you really enjoyed this month’s tutorial! If there is anything in particular you would like to see featured next month, definitely stop by my website and let me know!

Big hugs!


Alex Beadon is a creative portrait photographer, blogger, and creator of The Inspired Store. Her number one mission is to inspire those around her to creatively live an inspired and passionate life. That means doing what you love and loving what you do every step of the way. You can learn more about her and what she does here on her website.

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  • cblayloc says:

    great tutorial, thank you!!

    August 8, 2012 at 9:30 am
  • Ariel says:

    Haha I love this tutorial! There’s some amazing and useful tips! Thanks for sharing! :)

    August 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm
  • Christine says:

    Wow, thank you this is exactly what I have been looking for, great training! Loved playing around with my new skills.
    Thank you so much.

    August 8, 2012 at 10:06 pm