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A quick and dirty way (with possibly not-good-enough results) would be to duplicate the clip on the track above the existing clip and then use a 16-point garbage matte around the face.
Use the Levels effect or the 3-way CC to adjust the tonal range of the underlying clip.
If the highlights are completely blown-out, though, there is no way to recover any image detail from them.
> If the highlights are completely blown-out, though, there is no way to recover any image detail from them.
This is quite true. However, Premiere will scale-up the luminance range of YUV sources (such as HDV and DV) such that RGB(235,235,235) becomes RGB(255,255,255).
As I am away from my workstation right now I cannot check exactly how 3-way CC works, but I know that Levels only works in RGB.
Use the Fast Color Correction filter to scale down your levels in YUV space (thus preserving the highlights in the 235-255 range). This "headroom" may make it possible for you to extract some usable image from an otherwise blown-out video.
I would use levels without a doubt. And probably from the sounds of it add a bit of blue to cool the whole thing down.
In addition you could add the new lighting effect and stick a spot on him/her, shading the surrounding area a little more..
If indeed it is HOT!!! Which the guys are on about above then they are unfortunatley correct and detail is LOST..