Last year I created this concept for a challenge and didn’t really use anything to smooth out my skin. There was a process I used to use (using blur, noise, dust/stratch, etc.) but it was too time consuming so I skipped it and just cleaned up a few spots. I learned a better way to smooth out skin by using what’s called frequency separation. Learned this method through PHLEARN on YouTube.
I love the creamy-ness of the reworked image. Let me know what you think.