How far can one go in fixing portraits?

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How far can one go in fixing portraits?
1 month ago

Here is an uncorrected JPEG, followed by the processed one.

I removed a LOT of blue from the skin, sharpened, whitened the teeth (maybe too much?) and took out a lot of issues on her face. She wore no makeup, so this serves as a challenge to process issues and keep the final produce natural but improved.

I think the original is too flat, so that is likely part of the issue.

Lens was old Nikkor 105 2.5 pre ai, so  no modern coating were involved. Ignore the Exif for the lens, it was not set up correctly.

Questions: At what point is there no farther one can go?

what PP suggestions do you have to improve this? (mostly concerning skin tone/quality)

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