Wow, tattoo makeup layers are amazing! So I snagged Pepe Skins’ new Delina skin over the weekend for a sweet L$100 deal. This skin is incredibly gorgeous, and it hardly needed any tweaks on my part. Included with the skin is a neck blend that stretches down to the cleavage – not totally my thing, so I just used Velour’s no-cost body neck fix to seamlessly merge the face and body skins.
Let me tell you, layering can get tricky, but when you nail it, it feels like magic. It’s all about the right sequence and a bit of hue play to get that perfect match. Personally, I opt for a lighter base layer and then enrich it with deeper shades – it’s always easier to darken than to lighten.
Tattoo Makeup Layers:
Velour – Body Neckfix (Icy) Evo X (tinted to match body, free @ Velour store)
Glam Affair – Face Shadow 20% (included with some GA skins previously)
Glam Affair – Face Shadow (Ears) 20% (If you use the Face Shadow, use the ears layer too)
Amara Beauty – Amalia Lipstick Evo X (Nude) (to cover up the splotchy dark middle of the lips)
Izzie’s – LeL Evo X – Eyeliner black A
Izzie’s – LeL Evo X – 04 blush / Contour Remover
Glam Affair – Rosie Brows Toner White (tinted brown)
Pepe Skins – Delina V2 / Cake NB
cheLLe – Powderpuff (Translucent 10) (tinted to match Pepe’s cake tone / tip: put this layer underneath all of the face tattoo layers so that it only tints the body)
The charm of adding tattoo layers for me is that I’ve collected them over time. I wouldn’t even consider purchasing a skin that required me to invest in a whole new set of layers to get it right. And for L$100? This skin is a steal, looking fab even bare.
It seems the skin scene in Second Life is undergoing some baffling changes when it comes to skin textures. I’m noticing designers are insisting on baking directional lighting effects right onto the skin, and it’s throwing the symmetry off balance. The most striking thing? This trend has migrated from faces down to the chest area. I got a taste of this with the latest Hera body skin from Not Found, which left my avatar’s breasts looking somewhat mismatched, a far cry from ideal.
Let me tell you, the difference in shading is quite noticeable. Whenever I come across a skin that’s not quite up to par, my go-to solution is to dash over to Izzie’s. She’s practically sainthood in the realm of virtual skin dilemmas, not just for her friendly attitude but for her lifesaving tattoo overlays that rectify the little quirks that drive me nuts. Izzie has conjured up an ingenious fix – a subtle shadow adjustment that works to balance out the tonal disparities.
For what feels like over ten years, the Pink Fuel body has been my absolute go-to. Somehow I managed to pair it successfully with a variety of bodies and mesh heads. Lately, skin creators seem to focus more on designing just head skins and suggest we find body skins from other brands like Velour. But I’ve kept up, even matching the most recent head skins to my trusted Pink Fuel body.
However, the other day, I felt the urge to try something new for my body skin. What I discovered was fascinating; Second Life brands have outdone themselves. The array of tattoo layer enhancements is staggering. They range from the usual details like wrinkles and body shadows to the more unique ones, including pregnancy looks and scars.