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How can I blend one part of an image into another?

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A Photoshop project I'm looking to take on involves taking a picture of a friend's face and putting it in place under Darth Vader's helmet.  I've done this before with some success but I would like to know if there are more advanced techniques that can make the work look more genuine.

Here are the steps I usually take:

1. Move my friend's face into the Darth Vader picture as a new layer.
2. Enable quick mask and remove the unnecessary parts of the portrait that I'm importing via a somewhat softened brush tool.
3. Use free transform to slightly adjust the face to fit in over Darth Vader's and setting the opacity to a smaller value so I can best try to align the eyes, nose, etc.
4. Set the opacity afterwards to around 85% to allow somewhat of a blending.

Are there more things I can do?  I would like to know if there's a way to better match the colors or lighting as that would sell the editing a lot better.

Anyways here's a recent example that I finished where I followed the same basic formula:

Original Image 1:

Original Image 2:

Combined Images (the character's eyes):
David Brugge

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