In cooking, even the best ingredients in abundance can be a bad thing. And I'm using this analogy because the latest shoot and costume project I had is a character from Shokugeki no Soma or quite literally "Food Wars".
The same thing can be said about almost anything actually, it’s the timeless saying “Too much of a good thing can be bad”.
There are certain aspects of Photoshop that we might not want to overuse. (Good example would be filters and those custom brushes— as fun as they are) Although at the very end of it, it goes back to “To each his own” because the overall effect we want differs.
But let me just give you a few examples of using Photoshop to simply enhance color and fix minor mishaps like thread sticking out from parts of a costume:
As much as I can, I like getting the fit of the costume, costume details, cloth color, armor color, color of the wig, eyes, hairstyle, makeup as perfect as humanly possible.
I placed a ton of powder on my arms, neck, and face for the sake of Alice Nakiri. As her upbringing would give off, she spends most of her time indoors, inside a laboratory. And a darker complexion just wouldn't work with the pale silver wig as can be seen in the manga covers (Because currently the anime will be airing on April 2015 and it's currently February 2015) So, I am once again just doing guesswork...hopefully they keep the design so I don't look stupid (again)
Admittedly, my cosplay makeup is HEAVY almost all the time, although I don't really put falsies as they have a tendency to make the eyes look too droopy (At least for me).
And why is your makeup so heavy?
I've noticed that what looks good in person does not have the same look on photos. More or less because of the amount of light I want on my features, but I usually have really red temples, cheeks and lips on shoots Unless the character looks a bit more 'forgiving' features wise, like Makise for example. But for most characters, my makeup will be 5x to 10x more than what I would wear normally. As usually cosplaying is accompanied by a photo shoot for memories! (Look at all the money I spent on this one! Hahaha.../cries)
I don't really edit out my pores, or airbrush my face. I do however, edit huge pimples out of the way. At times though, when I'm lucky enough, my skin behaves and am practically zit free. Just the overly oily face issue, which helps light reflect on my face. And it also helps me reprint my face on other people's clothes when I hug them :|
The most tools I use in photoshop are possibly your favorite tools as well:
The dodge, burn, sharpen, and healing brush tool! (I WISH YOU WERE REAL!)
Am not a huge fan of blurry photos, I like crisp images! So crisp you can feel the crunch! Lame jokes aside, there are times however that a HUGE amount of photoshop is also used on my photos, similar to the amount of makeup I wear the photoshop makes the photo a different thing altogether.
I'll update this, but the actual shot was in a park's parking lot. And there was no amount of metal present on the shoot itself. The only thing real there is me, my costume, the wig flip and the red string. (Except that the red string wasn't shining on the actual shoot, it was dull and positively ugly)
Everything in the background and the foreground metal was rendered from scratch in an open source 3D program called "Blender". (That's a link btw, and so is this if you're interested) So if you ever thought that 3D is something you need a crack and serial for? No, not really! But it does help if your system has the power to render these images sharply after you model them.
There's "Everything in moderation", but there's also wanting really spicy things. My main point is, just do whatever you want but do it in good taste and for the sake of making something look good. If simply changing your curves on photoshop without the proper exercise can make you happy? Well then who am I to stand against that?