It's funny you should mention the problem of skintones varying. I read a huge debate a month or so ago in paintshop pro newsgroup. The debate was fascinating. There was even talk about a medical condition that made your face red! The arguement was basically that we don't have even skintone.
Anyhow, the end result is, that you have do try different techinques depending on the picture. I use several layers and several blending techniques. I then apply blush, and even highlights where needed and even painting in shadows. This would give the skintone more depth. I make a selection and then a new layer for everything I do, so I can go back and change things - which is basically what Jeaniesa outlined. I have not tried the dodge and burn tool - but will defintely give it a try.
P.S. I'll try and dig up some of the discussion from the newsgroup.
This is the kind of help I was needing---basically, I thought I was getting the first baby-steps of colorization, but being a perfectionist, I can't settle for being close.
Thanks for the suggestions on highlight/dodge and burn, etc. I'll try them out and let you know how it works out!
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