We seem to have running discussions about when retouching goes too far, or not far enough, etc. Certainly retouching is often predicated on the needs of a publication or a person who is paying the bills.
In this post I'm provided three photos. The first photo is as it came out of the camera (only cropping has been done). The second photo represents skin retouching and sharpening that is taken to the half way point and the last image has it all the way. The technique I used takes about 1 minute for basic sharpening and application of makeup to the skin. That got me to photo #3. I then set the opacity to 50% and that became photo #2. Photo #1 is before any work was done as already stated. So here are the photos:
Keep in mind that other corrections would normally be done and should be done to this photo, but I'll leave that as a challenge to anyone that wants to give it a shot.
Finally, which version do you prefer and why?