Facial Tones

This tutorials will show you how to adjust the primary tone in order to obtain its perfect shade for each facial zone.

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If you want to create the palette of facial tones, there is no need to pick them independently. You can pick the base tone and then adjust the parameters of the remaining masks to recreate the natural colors.

Take this ready-made example, enable the Instant Preview mode and follow our instructions! To follow instructions in this tutorial, you will use the HSB Repaint tool and the Instant Preview Mode.


 This technique will help your inner colorist to  tune your “feel” for the natural tones. With the colorized result in front of you, you can quickly decide whether the new shade is natural and, if necessary, make related changes.

We’ve picked the bright tone as the primary color from the related color library and added masks to the key facial zones.

Watch the video. Note that in the majority of cases, we are increasing the Saturation of the primary color. However, we changed Hue towards red to obtain a pinkish tone over the nostrils and cheeks.

Refer to the screenshots below for the hints on the exact Hue / Saturation / Brightness values.

Tips & tricks

1) By changing the hue, make sure that the result looks natural.

2) As you proceed to the next shade, use the previous tone as the reference before increasing or decreasing original parameters.

3) When you increase the Saturation, the darker areas may become unnaturally bright. Change the Hue a few units towards red for the contrasting color.

4) If the base shade does not create the highlight effect, decrease the Brightness of the tones located over the lightest areas. The resulting grayish shade of the mask will perfectly recreate the highlight.

Examples for Practice

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