The model's skin is lovely, but it does have a lot of visible texture. (This has as much to do with the lighting angle as it does her skin.)
I would probably apply a light blur with the Snapshots technique to her skin because this is a tight closeup headshot.
However, my opinion on skin softening is that if you can tell I did it, I screwed up. (That's my opinion on most retouching, actually.)
This model has quite a bit of skin texture both on her forehead and on her cheeks. I removed *almost* all of it, using the aforementioned Snapshots blur and the Healing brush. (Also, I had a really good MUA so there wasn't as much to take off to begin with.) I did leave a little bit so that her skin didn't look unreal, including a few freckle sort of spots. Even though she's obviously an alternative model with a fantasy makeup job, I don't want her to look fake. If that makes any sense. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]