I’m Done For Now

No, not the blog! I mean my appearance. After some more explorations and figuring out more customizations, I’m finally happy with my new look…

…at least for now, anyway.

I achieved the look I like with the addition of Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore’s Anastasia hair, the Omega Applier System, Omega’s free router, and the .:Glamorize:. B*Jeweled Makeup Set OMEGA Appliers.

Total cost for the makeup: $L175. But hey! It’s just the price we women pay for beauty.

The Omega System

Just as a computer operating system such as Microsoft Windows allows programs to be run on a wide variety of makes and models of computers, Omega System Appliers allow various items (most notably, skins and makeup) to be used on mesh bodies—even on bodies they weren’t originally designed for.

This means, for example, that I can purchase a set of makeups that were originally designed to work with, say, Catwa heads, and use them on my own Mayreal head. This opens up a huge world of options that were previously unavailable to me.

It also means I can change my appearance without having to use the Mayreal makeup HUD, the operation of which is Greek to me. I’ve always been in favor of things that make life easier, and the Omega system is no exception.

Omega is, of course, available on the SL Marketplace, but they also have an in-world store which features much more than is available on the MP.

So if you’re unhappy with the current makeup and clothing available to you and would like to expand your horizons, you owe it to yourself to check out Omega Solutions.

NOTE: This is a completely unsolicited review of a product I like. I get nothing in return for posting this review.

 

My New Mayreal® Bento Head

WARNING:

Before we get started, let me remind you that any time you’re going to make modifications to your avatar, you should first make a backup copy in case because you will mess up. As your mother used to say, “You’ll thank me for this later.” Oh, and while my experience is limited to the Maitreya® Lara mesh body and the Mayreal® Nadia bento head, the principles should apply to other brands and models.

I spent the better part of an hour playing around with my new Mayreal head. I made lots of mistakes and had to restore from my backup several times. The instructions are pretty clear and thorough, but I’m not good at learning by reading; I have to be shown how to do things. Failing that, I blunder around learning by trial and error.

Here’s what I started with:

Original head from classic avatar

After fiddling around with it for about an hour, this is what I got:

Intermediate modifications

I didn’t like the looks of the lips: they look as if they had just had collagen pumped into them. On the plus side, though, it’s a softer, more realistic look, and that’s what I was going for.

After another 30 minutes of fiddling around with details and I was happy. In the end, it took a combination of the controls that came with the head, plus playing around with the sliders available when you use the SL controls to edit your appearance.

This is how I look now:

My current appearance

It’s a softer, more realistic appearance. Oh, I still need to do some more fine-tuning, but you get the idea. Every facial detail is individually crafted, from the skin tone to the blusher on my cheeks to my mascara and eyelash length.

I’ve added freckles and thinned the lips. I wanted to add a beauty mark, but it wasn’t compatible with the freckles: it’s either one or the other.

One last thing I need to do is match the head skin color to the body skin color, and then I’ll be all set.

Summing Up

If you’re looking for the most realistic-looking avatar, check out the possibilities of combining a decent mesh body with a quality bento head.