Thank you! All I really use is the default round paintbrush and smudge. On occasion I'll move the slider a bit to make a softer brush but mostly it's just a matter of having the pen set to Opacity and controlling the pressure with the pen. I use the eyedropper tool quite a bit and then I use the Smudge tool. That's probably when it really blends together nicely.
good job on fleshtones. but the hair seems to be a bit not so fluid melting with the background. eyes ,nose and mouth, very good. i like it
The hair was never my focus. But I'm glad you said something because I uploaded the wrong version. It actually means it all melts into the background but it was supposed to be soft and out of focus. The one I uploaded still had some sharp details which wasn't the point and made the soft section look out of place. Thanks for the critique though. Much appreciated.