There are two flavours of pageant portraits: "natural"
and "glitz". "Natural" doesn't allow
makeup for small children and must look more, well, natural.
"Glitz" picture must not only be retouched using
most advanced techniques but have a look of an exquisit
porcelain doll. In the pictures above you can see examples
of the two kinds of pageant retouching.
Pageant photo retouching requires a good quality original
image in high resolution. When I start my work, I pick the
most serious problems in the original image: messed up hair,
eyes not open wide enough, dark shadows on the face, etc.
Fixing that requires both retouching and painting techniques.
After that I do overall color and contrast correction, work
on lashes, add blush, shapen brows, remove stray hairs.
You can find more examples in my GALLERY.