In the interest of keeping things interesting, here's a little creep factor. There's something nicely unsettling about these two images together. I do enjoy the way the cool tones play off each other.
You may come across articles of top ten "don't do it" lists regarding image editing ("don't make your subjects look dead!"). On the whole I'm critical of "arty" adjustments. Too easily, they can end up appearing like you're trying too hard to work through an image that doesn't have enough chutzpah to stand on its own, but I consistently enjoy reducing individual saturation levels. I'm not sure if it's because I don't usually stage standard portraits or if it may also reflect my loosely tethered connection with color (sometimes an image is much better off without some, if not all of it).
Or, maybe there's an alignment with my affinity for vampire books and shows. Hm.
Gear: Nikon D90, Nikkor AFD 50mm f/1.4, (for bottom image, add plastic dummy lens for Pentax 18-55mm color demo)