Messing With Skins

The other day it was cold and rainy and I felt like goofing off. It may surprise you to know that I don’t try every new Ruby skin on my shape (shape and skin combos are always made together in my shop) so I tried a few of the young ladies on my own custom shape to see how they looked and snapped a few pictures. It was fun; it’s nice having tons of skins to mess with :)

CAUTION:  I TOOK A LOT OF PICTURES AND ALL ARE UN-RETOUCHED!  TAKEN IN MY STUDIO WITH THE SAME LIGHTING, SAME BACKGROUND AND THEN CROPPED IN PHOTOSHOP.

For those who don’t know what I look like the first picture is just me.

Just me Carmella

Lynn says I wear too much black

 

Understand my skin is a custom that I don’t sell and I tend to tweak it from time to time :P but really not that often and usually they are subtle changes. I tend to experiment with new things on myself to see how they look before I put them into production so I guess you could say there is a little of me in each skin.

I like my current skin not too tan, not too pale. I used to be much more tan and have lightened myself up as I have updated my skin. Sometimes you see people in SL and can’t tell if they are ethnic or just very tan. Also I have a bit of muscle tone, even though you can’t see it in the picture (I have abs :) ) but it is pretty light so I still have a soft look. I wear about 4 different make-ups, a couple of evening shades and then a red and a pink lip for my daily look.

I like the color black. Lynn says I wear it too much so I have been trying to wear brighter colors (well besides red, because that is the other color I wear all the time) but in this shot I thought I should look normal :) So black it is and my favorite shoes, RUBY Pumps (they are just too easy to color change to match your outfit)

So lets see how I look in a few of these.

 

MIRIAM 2

Miriam oh my such a pretty face

The hipbones are great, I think I am a little too "fat" for my ribs to show

I love the Miriam 2 skin. My sister wears it and she looks fabulous :)

I love the face, soo pretty, such beautiful eyes. I am just afraid my sis might think I am trying to be like her (ok sometimes I do).

Miriam 2 has a lighter skin tone than mine but she is also a “skinny” skin made to be worn on a thin shape with minimal boobs, (well that kinda disqualifies me) not that there are anything wrong with small breasts. Mine just aren’t and the skin was made with less shading under and around the breasts.

She also has rib bones showing and I think I am a little too fat for that, but I love the hip bones (/me starts thinking about how she can incorporate those into her current skin)

My sister Carmen wants to do a post about her skin so you may get an opportunity to see how it looks on an appropriate shape; even though it does not look too bad on me overall, just not very realistic for my body type.

Shape and skin together makes for a more realistic look in my opinion. That is why I always sell my skins with a shape. I know many will choose to use their own shapes which is fine, but I like everyone to get an idea of how I envision the skin to be worn As you will see in this post, there is a lot of leeway in a quality skin :)

 

DINAH 2

Dinah looks great such a creamy complexion

So creamy and cute

 

This one surprised me :P , for those who don’t know, Dinah 2 is one of my Fantasy Avatars and is a dwarven female.

I just recently re-released Dinah as an all new skin and she is a fair skinned, natural blonde with light freckles on her face and body. This called for red hair (did I mention I have tons of hair too?)

I really like this one; it changes the way I look and Dinah has boobs that match mine :) but is a softer skin with no muscle definition; maybe a bit more feminine.

I could easily wear the Dinah skin without making any adjustments to my current shape if I wanted to go with a fair complexion.

BTW, Dinah has a killer blond hair-base made right on her skin. If  I wanted to wear an add on ponytail I would not need to wear a tattoo base unless I wanted to have darker hair. The tattoo hair-base included with Dinah covers most of her natural hair (only the sides in front of the ears show some and a few hairs on the back of the neck) and as you can see in the picture, red prim hair looks fine.

 

LYDIA 2

Lydia always makes me feel a little naughty

For some reason she makes you want to be naked

 

Every time I wear the Lydia Avatar I feel a bit naughty but I am not sure why :P

Lydia 2 is a bit taller and more statuesque than me but I think I look good in the skin.She is more tan than me and definitely more defined; she has killer abs.

Sort of a beach bunny; if I wore Lydia it would not be hard to dress because usually she wears very few clothes (shoes are about all she likes) so my husband might not like me running about that way in public :) At home might be a different story)

Blond hair always seems to be the color off choice on Lydia and I don’t own too many of those so that might be expensive for me to switch (well I love hair shopping though) but she fits my shape nicely and her nose and lips look good on me.

One thing that I did not show you here is that Lydia has one of the best, uummm, well lets say “crotch areas” you will ever see. Her skin tends to be the one I choose when shooting for my Intimate products (e.g.; The Orchid) because it has such nice shading.

I guess in certain instances, being naked all the time might not work out for me so maybe I should try another one.

 

NAOMI 2

Naomi- I love her glow

Such a lovely skin tone

I thought I might dip into the Ethnic Line and try on the Naomi 2 and I am glad I did; Naomi looks sweet on me :)

I did have to change my eyes to a pair of RUBY Tiger-eye Eyes. I just did not look right with blue eyes.

Naomi’s body fits me great and she, too has a bit of muscle definition.  I really love the highlighting on her skin; Naomi’s skin was sourced from an actual African skin, not a lighter skin made darker. It really makes a difference (I don’t know if you can see the palms of her hands in the first picture- so cool).

My features really are not correct for the skin, however. If I was to wear it I would need to tweak my nose and mouth a bit to have a more ethnic look which is how the skin was designed. Most people in SL would probably not notice but I am picky.

I am in there with the hair though as nearly all my hair is black :) and Naomi has an awesome cornrow hair-base on her skin.

Click the portrait above though to zoom in on the face-pretty! (psst…I love the lips)

 

 JULIA

Julia has a smooth skin that is very feminine

Oh I think I am feeling a little naughty

 

Julia is so soft and feminine. She comes with a more chubby shape than mine but her skin looks incredible on my shape which adds a softness to me and makes me feel sexy.

Julia is very pretty in the face too with thin, auburn brows and a smooth complexion. I had to wear auburn hair to complete my look.

Even-though she is fair, she is not too light and it really compliments the reddish hair. She has nice cleavage that I felt compelled to show off; actually she made me feel a little naughty and I wore a dress so short it was more of a long shirt but she has pretty legs.

Again, I would not need to change my shape at all to wear Julia. She is one of those skins that is super versatile. I think if someone’s boobs were smaller I would not recommend the skin but really anyone with a medium to large chest she looks great on. This is because the Julia skin is made for a heavier shape. She might even look good for those who are pregnant (perish the thought) because she has such a smooth tummy.

My post is getting a bit long but I want to show you one more that I simply loved (maybe I will do a second post sometime with the half dozen others I tried on).

 

TIRZAH 2

Tirzah has such an exotic look

I love the glow and exotic look

 

Tirzah 2 knocked me out! She was so exotic looking with her ethnic, olive skin tone and dark smoky eyes.

I love the glow this skin has and I had to show you her tummy. It makes me want to go find the belly dancing animations and some silks :P

My nose is not very ethnic and would look better with a little tweaking; maybe raise the bridge a little and enlarge it a couple of notches. I think I would look good with a bit fuller lip as well.

I did change my eyes by putting on a pair of RUBY Real Emerald Eyes mainly because they matched my shirt :) (isn’t that great about SL you can change eyes to match an outfit instead of getting outfits the match your eyes).

I love making ethnic skins because SL has so few (most are the lighter skins darkened and toned to make it appear ethnic).

It was fun trying on RUBY Skins because not only do you get to look at each unique face but the bodies are all different too; each with it’s individual style.

 

IN CONCLUSION

I have pictures of Salome2, Debra2, Michal, and others that were great and I will try and do another post on them sometime. I might even show everyone what I did to my current skin after I did all this (yes I tweaked myself).

Maybe I will talk my husband into trying on some guy skins and I will take his picture and do a post (he is awfully cute in his current skin though :) ) Until then jump down to RUBY Skins http://slurl.com/secondlife/Axel/124/247/106 and grab an armful of demos for yourself (or you can find the big box of demos on Marketplace) and see what kind of exotic look you can come up with :)

Carmella Ruby – RUBY Skins & Intimate

 

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