Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Zorka wrote: Yeah, some people clone the texture, some others paint it, and some - ESPECIALLY if they are photographers! - learn to (properly) shoot (read: to use exposure and an aperture) in the first place!
If for whatever reason your original image doesn't have very much skin texture, or none of it is useable (as in horrible pot hole acne or whatever) you can take the skin texture that you like from another image and apply it to the high frequency layer so all you're getting is the texture and not the coloring. You should probably ask the model if that method is okay with him/her first. The method works pretty well but I never feel good about doing it.
You want to get the texture as close to the original as possible. Blurring the skin really isn't the technique for high-end retouchers. To get high-end results you do need to go through dodging, burning, healing or cloning depending on what's going on. It is important that the texture is always preserved never blurred, pushy splotchy or messy. Make like a really solid, clean texture to make it look as natural as possible so that pople dont look at it and go like Oh man, that is so photoshopped.