How we shot it
I don’t teach editing often online, mostly because of the need to teach photographers how to shoot for the final edit. Studio techniques, however, are a bit different. This image had three primary methods done for the edit. We used curves layers in photoshop to dodge and burn the image. Also, frequency separation was used on the skin to bring the color tones together. Lastly, we used a bit of liquify to emphasize the shape a bit. In the end, I used an unsharp mask to sharpen around the eyes and hairline and added a bit of color toning to match the skin tones and blend in the shadows with the background.