I was playing around with a photoshop tutorial from Noel Culbertson. The essence is curves, soft light the photo, hard light the eyes. I think I took it too far on my first try... skin too light from the curves menu continuing on through the steps which followed and so perhaps it becomes a stylized example of what I was trying to accomplish or learn to accomplish. Tell me what you think.
The left is untouched and the right is perhaps over edited.