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Question on photo editing?

I have a different post working on my attempt to paint the young lady below.   I thought the flesh tones were too orange and yellow in the photo and came up with my own colors.  

I've tried editing the colors using GIMP, but can't seem to improve them.  What I wanted to do is to make the colors look more natural and not so much like a cheap spray on tan.  No luck.

Can anyone give me guidance on how to improve skin tones in a photo?  Either using GIMP or Photoshop/Lightroom?  (I plan to switch to Photoshop/Lightroom in a few weeks.). A lot of the colors look good to me, but then shift toward too much yellow as I get into the shadow areas.


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