It's always best to get it right in camera, but sometimes, there are cases where subtle things may go unnoticed but become visible later during the retouching process. Having the right set of tools is crucial.
I invited model Erica Morhet to join me in the studio for a quick headshot session to test out the Joel Grimes Beauty Brushes. I ask her to come with a very light, natural makeup look without any lip gloss or eyelash extensions, so I could see how practical these brushes were if I was in a situation similar to the one we created. Below are two headshots we took; I have included before and after images so you can compare. I went for a subtler look with the brushes, but you have complete control over how little or how much of an effect you wish to apply to your work.
What's Included in the Bundle
- Beauty retouching quick-start videos
- Catchlights and Irises Photoshop brushes: 32 brushes
- Eyelashes Photoshop brushes: 85 brushes
- Hair Photoshop brushes: 103 brushes
- Lip gloss Photoshop brushes: 69 brushes
- If you are not familiar with installing brushes within Adobe Photoshop, included are PDFs and a video on how to load these brushes. Grimes also has separate videos, where he demonstrates how he uses them in his work in two different examples.
What I Liked
There's an abundance of brushes to use. While every single one may not provide benefits to everyone, you have several choices. You may find a few favorites and stick to those for the majority of your work.
What Could Be Improved
My only grievance with the beauty brushes is the naming convention that was used and the organization of the brushes. I could spend some time renaming and reorganizing the brushes, but it would have been nice if it was set up a little better. We are all going to have our own set of favorites from these brushes, so we can individually reorganize our favorite brushes to the top of the list.
You might be placed in situations where a makeup artist isn't available, perhaps you wish to add more volume to the subject's hair, or simply wish to add the missing catchlights in post. Whatever the reason or desired results you want, save time and easily retouch your photos with these tools. To me, anything that improves and helps save time is invaluable. I have already started to use these brushes in some of my other photos, and I can see myself continue to use them in future projects.
As Grimes states in one of his videos, "It's a set of tools that aid you to get you to your end result."
Joel Grimes Beauty Brushes are currently available if you'd like to try them out yourself.