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How to Retouch Skin and Apply Digital Makeup to Video

How to Retouch Skin and Apply Digital Makeup to Video

Learn how to smooth things out with Beauty Studio from Borix FX

What is Beauty Studio?

When you’re retouching a single photograph, isolating an area of skin is usually pretty straight forward. When that area is slowly moving its position over the course of several hundred photos, however, things can prove more difficult. 

The Beauty Studio Filter from Boris FX simplifies the art of retouching and applying digital makeup to video via a basic two-step process of isolating and smoothing. It’s available for purchase as a standalone product, in an Image Restoration pack, or with the full Continuum suite of products. The most budget-friendly option is the annual subscription. 

For this tutorial I’ll be using Beauty Studio inside of Adobe After Effects. However, this filter works with a number of other software applications, including:

Now let’s have a closer look at how it works. 

Step 1: Isolate the Area

When you’re retouching a single photograph, isolating an area of skin is usually pretty straight forward. When that area is slowly moving its position over the course of several hundred photos, however, things can be more difficult. Hence the challenge when retouching video clips. To help select these difficult areas, Beauty Studio Filter comes with a tool called PixelChooser

PixelChooser provides simple, built-in masking of the effect result. The selection can be based on geometric shapes or on the image’s luma/color properties. There are 3 main sections, which are Matte, Mask, and Mocha. Each of these sections can be combined or used separately to isolate a specific portion of the image. PixelChooser can even accept an alternate source input as the matte source or it can use pixels from the same source clip to which the filter has been applied. 

When you first apply the Beauty Studio filter to a clip, you’ll immediately notice a change. This is because the PixelChooser is enabled by default with a color key isolating skin tones. For the best results, it is imperative to review and if necessary fine tune the skin isolation matte/mask generated by the PixelChooser.

In this example, I want to simply smooth out the color blotches on my face. For the first step, I’ll select my skin tone in the Matte section. It’s easiest to make adjustments by viewing in Matte mode, which is a checkbox at the top of the PixelChooser feature. White shows the areas affected by smoothing, while black is alpha. 

Next, I’ll use the Mocha tracker to mask my face, and then add three subtraction masks—two for my eyes and one for the lower portion of my nose. The face mask will keep the effect applied to this area, and then the subtraction masks will keep the eyes and nose sharp. 

With the selection fine-tuned, it’s time to smooth things out. 

Step 2: Smooth it Out

At the top of the effect, you’ll find the Smooth settings. Here you can make adjustments to small, medium and large details. The Smooth Smallest Details property will affect 1×1 pixel arrays. Each detail feature control simply doubles in size with each larger level. 

To achieve a more realistic look, I’ll keep the small details low and the medium/large details high. This look helps blur out the color blotches while at the same time slightly reveals some of the pores in the skin. This helps to avoid the plastic, retouched look. 

For an even more realistic look, I can lower the Master Amount and bring up the Mix with Original attribute. All of these features are also keyframable, which can help if one second of the shot looks worse than the other. 

Creative Uses

As a final step, I have the ability to Sharpen, Color Correct, and even add a Glow to either the entire frame or just the isolated area. Once you start to play around with the settings, you’ll open up a number of creative options. For example, I can use Beauty Studio to make it look like someone is blushing, or give them a wicked sunburn. I can brighten up and boost the saturation of just the eyes or the lips. The possibilities are quite vast.     

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All the people who have responded to James Charles’ explosive feud with Tati Westbrook

All the people who have responded to James Charles’ explosive feud with Tati Westbrook

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Fellow YouTubers like Jeffree Star and Nikita Dragun have tweeted about the James Charles and Tati Westbrook feud.

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Star also sent a tweet to Charles’ brother, Ian Jeffrey, that labeled James as a ‘predator’

Jeffree Star sent a heated tweet to James Charles’ brother.

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When Jeffrey tweeted, “Why does everyone act so tough over the internet?,” Star responded with “Why is your brother a predator?? Why’d you really move back to NYC? Exactly. Shut the f— up.”

This tweet has also since been deleted, though can be seen on Revelist.

Another fellow YouTuber, Shane Dawson, sent a tweet that seemed to reference the drama.

Shane Dawson seemed to allude to the drama on Twitter.

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Dawson also gave a glowing review of Westbrook’s Halo Beauty vitamins.

Shane Dawson shared his love of Halo Beauty.

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Westbrook’s Halo Beauty brand of vitamins became a major source of conflict in the explosive feud after Charles posted an ad for a competing brand called Sugar Bear Hair.

Two days after Westbrook’s video, Dawson tweeted photos of his results from using her vitamins alongside a glowing review and the caption, “drama aside, I have something to say.”

YouTuber Gabriel Zamora questioned Westbrook’s side of the story in a scathing Snapchat video.

Gabriel Zamora shared his thoughts on Snapchat.

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Zamora became a key factor in the feud when Westbrook said his “Makeup and Opinions” video inspired her to address the situation publicly. In the video, Zamora questioned why she was being vague about the situation and why she didn’t address Charles by name.

YouTube user THE VIEWERS VOICE shared a clip of Zamora’s subsequent Snapchat response video, where he says that the manipulative behavior Westbrook accused Charles of was instigated by the straight man in question. He also calls her a “fraud” for perpetuating the “predatory” angle of the story.

A young man claiming to be the waiter from Seattle that Westbrook spoke about in her video uploaded a video telling his side of the story.

A video from someone claiming to be the waiter Tati mentioned started to circulate shortly after.

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In Westbrook’s video, she says that James was “talking in detail about things [he] wanted to do to the waiter,” during her birthday party. When Westbrook said, “James, he’s straight,” she said Charles replied with, “doesn’t matter, I’m a celebrity.”

A video from a young man who claims to be the waiter was soon uploaded to YouTube. It has not been confirmed that he’s the waiter in question, though the video does feature a Facetime call between him and Charles, as well as several messages.

In the waiter’s video, he says that he reached out to Charles via Instagram and the two formed a relationship. Though he says he was bi-curious at the time, he eventually decided to end things with Charles after deciding he was straight.

The waiter has since deleted the video, but it has been shared by YouTube user Shan x.

Beauty YouTuber Nikita Dragun tweeted text messages Charles sent her when he asked for help with security.

Nikita Dragun shared her text messages from James Charles.

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Charles’ initial Instagram story ad for Sugar Bear Hair claims the brand helped him with security during Coachella. Dragun posted screenshots of her text messages with James when he asked her to put him in contact with representatives for Sugar Bear Hair.

In the texts, Charles asks Dragun if her contacts from Sugar Bear Hair can provide him with an Artist pass and extra security, as he claims he was being “attacked” in the less secure areas of Coachella. He also writes that he will post an Instagram story in exchange for the pass.

“Heard a situation needed some clarification,” Dragun tweeted alongside the screenshots of Charles’ texts. “My friend was in an emergency and texted me in the moment … unfortunately since @dragunbeauty used all of our marketing budget on the fantasy i connected him with sugar bear. nothing shady.”

Westbrook herself followed up with a message on Twitter on Sunday.

Tati Westbrook broke her silence on Twitter.

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“There won’t be a video tomorrow,” Westbrook wrote to her fans in her first Twitter post since uploading the video. “My heart is still too heavy. I feel like I need to remind you that we can hold truth & inspire change without grabbing onto hate. Honor your blessings, don’t abuse them. Celebrating pain will only bring it to your door. love you guys, see you soon.”

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Nick Cannon Calls Out Jimmy Fallon & Jimmy Kimmel For Blackface Acts

Nick Cannon Calls Out Jimmy Fallon & Jimmy Kimmel For Blackface Acts

Cannon tends to side with comedians, but he still wants to talk.

Nick Cannon is a proponent of free speech, especially when it comes to comedy. He has expressed disagreement with the notion of “canceling” entertainers for seemingly offensive content in the past. In the same stroke, Cannon uses these moments to point out the hypocrisy of public opinion. His latest critique follows the Virginia blackface scandal involving politicians.

The political correctness mob had come for Nick back in 2014 after seeing him wearing white makeup to play a character. He referred to this moment to conclude a series of teachable moments in honor of Black History Month. First, he posted a montage showing comedians in blackface costume. The caption attached to the images of Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, and Jimmy Fallon, was relatively obnoxious: “Happy ‘BLACKFACE’ History Month!!! I’m sure we can expect some more ‘Apologies’ by Monday… “

He follows up with more pertinence in the text attached to video footage of both late-night hosts in action. “You know I’m always on the side of the comedian and never pander to the sensitive, but I feel there needs to be some “truth & reconciliation” discussions and teachable moments amongst our communities,” he wrote. “I’m ready and willing for the discourse, so who wants to step up to the table first? In the meantime, I’ll just leave this right here. Tell the Jimmys to holla at me!”

 

Finally, the entertainer turned to his “white face” moment to break down why the depiction of his ashy self differs from those of his white peers. “The racist and severely damaging ‘Jim Crow laws’ received its name from the Blackface minstrel movement of the 19th century and proceeds to cause pain to this day. A constant reminder that People of color are looked at as second class citizens in this country.”

“These recent revealings of people painting themselves black or brown and speaking in broken slang in an attempt to be humorous or have fun; as if our culture is some sort of party trick or costume is unacceptable,” continued.

“Racism is when an “elite” group uses its systemic power to enforce harm, hardship, and pain on others,” he said in conclusion. “If you don’t understand this, then it probably means you are or benefit from that elite group of privileged oppressors that we speak of.”

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For this Hong Kong undertaker, every working day is a matter of life and death

For this Hong Kong undertaker, every working day is a matter of life and death

January has been a busy month for undertaker Ogden Chan Yan. “It’s peak season for us because more people are dying due to the fickle weather, and many families don’t want to wait until after the Lunar New Year to bury their dead,” the 36-year-old says.

Rows of cardboard boxes containing the ashes of his clients’ loved ones line the shelves of Chan’s shop in Hung Hom. His clients have left the ashes for safekeeping until their deceased are assigned columbarium niches. Chan reckons there are almost 200 of these boxes.

“It’s the typical Hongkonger’s fate: the living can’t afford homes, and the dead can’t find final resting places.”

It has been seven years since Chan joined the industry as an apprentice. Although he applied for the apprenticeship “out of curiosity”, his interest in the funeral sector began in his early teens.

“I wanted to be a mortuary makeup artist because I was under the impression that people in the funeral business made a decent living because there’s always going to be a demand for the service, and I liked how it was something of a craft.”

But that initial perception was somewhat misguided. Chan says that his business has only recently become profitable. Before, he was barely getting by. He now oversees everything from preparing documents and booking cremation services to planning religious ceremonies. As a nod to his childhood dream, he also acts as a makeup artist for his clients’ loved ones.

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“I talk to the corpses when I put makeup on them because I believe that our consciousness remains even after we die.”

After a while, he adds: “That said, I’ve never seen a ghost.”

Chan says he has been fearless all his life, even as a child, when he saw a corpse for the first time lying in a construction site in mainland China. The second time he saw a corpse was before he joined the industry, when he was volunteering for a service for inmates. The corpse was already decomposing.

“What impressed me was not the appearance of the corpse – which looked like a zombie out of a video game – but the smell.”

The smell of decay was something Chan had to get used to as soon as he became an undertaker’s apprentice, as was staying detached from clients and their grief.

“In time, I adopted a somewhat dispassionate view of death. As a service provider, I get satisfaction from organising a successful service. After all, it’s the last ceremony a person ever has on this Earth.”

But when Chan presided over his father’s funeral service five years ago, things got personal.

“While making the arrangements, I kept thinking of the times I’d spent with my father. What helped with my grieving process was the fact that I knew exactly what had to be done after his death.”

Death should not be a taboo, says Hong Kong doctor who has seen thousands of people die

Chan says he is happy to see that Hongkongers have become more willing to explore and discuss issues related to death, but believes education about death and dying should start young.

“I’ve seen four or five year-olds bawling at their parents’ funerals. They’re old enough to learn the meaning of life and death.”

At that, Chan offers his take on life: “Don’t waste time. Even if you’re given 80 years to live, it’s still not enough. Do as much as you can while you’re around, so when you’re on your deathbed looking back on your life, you can think about all the marvellous things you’ve done.”

So, what is on Chan’s bucket list?

“I want to get a bachelor’s degree. And, like every other Hongkonger, I want to be able to afford my own home.”

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Kim Zolciak’s daughter Brielle Biermann, 21, shows off her VERY plump pout during a night out in LA

Kim Zolciak’s daughter Brielle Biermann, 21, shows off her VERY plump pout during a night out in LA

Kim Zolciak’s daughter Brielle Biermann, 21, shows off her VERY plump pout… as she shares her before and after pics

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She spent Monday visiting a plastic surgeon with her Real Housewives of Atlanta star star mom Kim Zolciak-Biermann.

And later that night, Brielle Biermann unveiled a very plump look as she headed out with a friend in Los Angeles.

The 21-year-old was the spitting image of her mom when she stepped out for a dinner date with a friend to Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills, before sharing some before and shots of her lips on Tuesday morning.  

Can you see the change? Kim Zolciak’s daughter Brielle Biermann, 21, shared some photos with her followers on Tuesday in which her pout was noticeably smaller 

Brielle, is that you? Going through her photo album, the beauty ended on a photo of herself with a much smaller pout, to which she captioned that she looks much better now

Gorgeous: Kim Zolciak’s daughter Brielle Biermann, 21, is seen on Monday night

Taking to Instagram she hit back at her haters who have questioned just why she wants to inflate her natural pout.

Going through her photo album, the beauty ended on a photo of herself with a much smaller pout, to which she captioned that she looks much better now. 

‘To those who say i look better before lips… you’re a liar and this photo is PROOOOOOF,’ she wrote. 

The shot shared showed her as a fresh-faced young teen.

Other images showed her wearing a retainer. 

Night out: Monday night saw Kim Zolciak’s daughter Brielle Biermann flaunt her very plump pout during a night out with a friend on Los Angeles

Stylish: Brielle stunned in a black velour textured top and a pair of form-fitting skinny jeans

Showcasing a very different look on Monday evening, Brielle was joined by Instagram model pal Tana Mongeau for dinner. 

For her night out in LA, Brielle stunned in a black velour textured top and a pair of form-fitting grey skinny jeans. 

She teamed the look with a pair of Off White stiletto pointed-toe boots and and accessorised with a white rectangular shaped Chanel bag. 

Selfie time: The Don’t Be Tardy star also took to social media on the way to the restaurant to share selfies with her 1.2 million followers

The duo started the evening with a Caprese salad before moving onto a delicious looking bowl of spaghetti. 

The Don’t Be Tardy star also took to social media on the way to the restaurant to share selfies with her 1.2 million followers. 

For her night out in LA, Brielle stunned in a black velour textured top and a pair of form-fitting grey skinny jeans. 

Posing up a storm! She also shared many other photos of herself posing with friends at various events while out and about

Going back through memory lane: Brielle shared many of her shots with her 1.2 million followers on Tuesday 

Brielle’s claim to fame is as the daughter of Kim Zoliak-Biermann, who similarly takes to social media to flaunt her plump pout.

During the day on Monday, Kim was joined by Brielle for a visit to her plastic surgeon in Los Angeles.  

However, the pair’s appearances commonly come under fire by trolls online, with one recently comparing the mom-of-six to a Dr Seuss character. 

Dinner is served! Brielle and her pal started the evening with a Caprese salad before moving onto a delicious looking bowl of spaghetti

Not all liked: The pair’s appearances commonly come under fire by trolls online, with one recently comparing the mom-of-six to a Dr Seuss character 

‘you were beautiful the way you were..stop with the facial things..starting to look like the who’s from the Grinch…i cant believe your family doesnt tell you these things.’

Another wrote: ‘You look ridiculous, maybe look for work at the circus.’ 

While some were quick to call Kim ‘gorgeous’, another one added: ‘BOO BACK THAT FACE SCARES ME… ugh.’ 

The beauty is married to former American Footballer Kroy Biermann and is the mom to Brielle, 21, Ariana, 17, Kroy Jagger Jr, seven, Kash Kade, six, and twins Kaia Rose and Kane Ren, five. 

Family visits: During the day on Monday, Kim was joined by Brielle for a visit to her plastic surgeon in Los Angeles

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