Looks good. You weren’t kidding when you said the redhead was really that pale, LOL.
Not sure what your using for editing, in PS there are several ways of adding contrast without dumping it onto the entire image. The easiest would probably either be a smart object route or the adjustment layer with a mask, either will achieve the same result. This way the eyes are left untouched and the rest of him can be as rugged as you like.
Yes, shooting a really tall woman with a 50mm in close quarters is tough enough then add the crop sensor, just makes it harder. In essence, you were shooting with the equivalent of an 85mm.
Good Job though, I will delete the image off of Imgur…