To improve your existing images, try cropping the bottoms to a 4x5 ratio. Add a bit of saturation to bring the magenta back into your skin tones. If you desaturated the images during post, go back and do less.
I still think the overexposure is due to corrections done on your monitor. Have you seen your final images on a different display, like another computer or even your phone? Is there a big color shift? Lastly, what color space are you using (sRGB, Adobe RGB)?