MTI0OTM3ODYzODIwMjUyNDM0If you want to go all the way down the rabbit hole, talk to a digital retoucher at a fashion and celebrity glossy, which is what I did. The retoucher I spoke with–who preferred to remain anonymous–is a 20 year veteran of the trade.

“Everything I learned about keeping skin tone intact–taking out wrinkles but still having texture to the skin so it didn’t look painted–everything I learned about skin texture I learned from my mentor,” he told me as we began a conversation about his process, his ethics, and the gravely irresponsible retouching requests he receives from editors and creative directors.

via The Requests That A Magazine Retoucher Gets Will Shock You – xoVain.