you wanted to know how I worked that pic well.......
first of all I use paint shop pro 8 not photo shop
and I rushed a little you'll notice the missing part of her glasses and her skin tone is still alittle funky
first I removed any blemishes and shadow from the glasses using
clone tool / rubber stamp tool
2..color adjustment to about 6000k
4...curves adjustment ( I only use this to bring out the highlights in the hair )
now I used a skin softening
this will show you
one of the methods I use
7..merge all layers
8...did some work on the back ground by creating two duplicate layers ( total of three )
top layer used soft light blend middle layer adjusted glassine blur then had the bottom layer
I used an eraser tool on the middle layer to remove the blur from her face....
I forgot some color adjustments in there somewhere!?!
I know that I explained it quick and there are alot of missing details but it should point you in some interesting directions..... good luck