Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes confessed to Stuff magazine, “That’s not what I see in the mirror!” She was referring to a photo of herself on the magazine's cover.
Kroes admitted that what makes a model look cover-worthy is the lighting, the makeup and the retouching. But just how much retouching do cover photos need?
We asked photo retoucher Jennifer Lau that question, and she walked us through the process. Scroll through the gallery above to see how she retouched a photo of HLN anchor Lynn Berry in the same way she would edit a cover photo of a model.
Lau says that every Photoshop job is different, but she listed the basics that most magazine cover photo subjects require (She applied all of these adjustments to Berry's photo, too.):
Slimming and toning of the arms and legs
Adjusting the curves of the hips
Removing bags under the eyes
Elongating the neck
Removing hair flyaways
Smoothing the skin on the legs
Are you surprised by how Lau has altered Berry’s photo?
Read more: How to tell if a magazine cover is retouched
For more on digital photo retouching, watch Evening Express tonight at 5 p.m. ET on HLN.