How to get rid of lens flare over face?

I need to edit this photo so the two women’s faces are visible. Mostly, I’m trying to get rid of the lens flare over the left woman’s face, and sharpen the features for both.
I’ve messed with adjustments and levels and the clone brush and all that and I cannot seem to figure it out

Here is the image I’ve edited

And here is the original

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Any help is GREATLY APPRECIATED and thanks in advance 🙂


You can’t bring back what is blown out by a lens flare.

There are no color pixels under the white areas of the flare to bring back into view. These are “blow outs” – meaning all color data has been removed.

The only way you’ll be able to do anything is to paint back in areas of color where necessary. This takes a lot of experience, a delicate hand, and a precise eye.

You might be able to adjust some levels and curves to bring up the faces:

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But then you’re dealing with a rather dark image due to the encompassing shadows.

There is no easy fix for that photo I’m afraid.

Source : Link , Question Author : NatHutch19 , Answer Author : Scott

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