With the Vanity Universe skin fair about to start, it’s time to do a post I’ve been sitting on for a LONG time. I get a lot of questions about my shape. Or rather, how it is possible that about every skin I try on looks pretty good on me. At first that question embarrassed me, after all, when I blog a skin, it’s about that skin, not about how good I look… well.. of course, I do like looking good in the skins I feature, I admit, I’m vain like that… but when I blog a skin, it’s just not about me, it’s about me showing a skin which I really like and showing that skin in the best way I can.
But after a few times, I started to get used to it. After all, at some point I did have a shape shop and I consider it a compliment if people like the shape I have created for myself, and if they think it goes well with a lot of skins. I have always tested my shapes on a lot of different skins, to make them work with more than just one or two, so yeah, that’s basically what I do for myself as well. And the recognition of that is very much appreciated.
But the (not so) secret to looking good in “every skin” is in minimal tweaking of the shape. And I know that is a touchy subject for many of you. “My shape is unique”, “It’s my personality” are much heard when it’s about shapes. But you also hear a lot of people complaining about skins “it looks like crap, it’s such a bad skin” I beg to defer. A bad skin is a skin which has flaws… seams, smudges, blurries, bad blending, awful make ups, sloppy details. What most people intend when they say “it looks like crap” is actually, “this skin does not match with my shape, it doesn’t fit my shape”
If you are one of the hard core one skin, one brand people… your shape is build on your default skin and that is perfectly ok. But as soon as you will want to try another skin, you will notice that, although designed on more or less the same templates, there are quite noticeable differences in where the designer has placed the various body parts on the template. It makes a skin have a character of its own, but it will mean it does not necessarily have to work with your shape. And since it’s impossible to adjust a skin to one’s shape… If you want to do justice to the skin, and look good, you will have to tweak your shape to match the skin.
Now that isn’t half as dramatic as it may sound to many of you… sometimes it’s a mere 1 or 2 points of 1 or 2 sliders in the face that needs to be adjusted. Aside from you being in a different skin, your shape will not or hardly visibly change. To illustrate this, I have made a series of collages which are all over this post. Every one of them showing 2 shapes on 3 different skins.
To the left there is my own shape on 1) Dutch Touch’s Cleo, which is one of the skins I wear most, 2) the LL new skin (which is awful, but good to show how minimal the tweaking often is) and 3) a different skin. Then to the right, there is a minimally tweaked shape, also in the 3 skins mentioned before. You can see how big the effect is and how minimal the change (on the LL new skin)
Bottom line is… because the shape of the face and the the eyes don’t change, it will still look very much like you, no matter what skin you wear… and I think that’s just a good thing to know If you are wondering how to make that lovely skin work with your shape.