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Help needed to create better lipstick for LeLutka


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Hi there,

 

I'm a designer/builder of sort, meaning I'm new to the SL way, and I have made some Lipsticks for my Lelutka head that are okay. Lots of Photoshop layers and things. But when I look at Glam Affair and others I can't help but think that even though I figured out how to make it work I am missing something to make them REALLY good.

 

So, if anyone has links or PSD files or anything that could help me get better at making these I would be super grateful. My goal is just simply know how to do it technically, not really to be a Glam Affair or anything. 

 

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I have been designing clothes for 10 years in SL,  and it seems to me that no matter which part of the body you are making things for be it clothing or makeup.. it all comes down to textures.. if your textures are dynamic,  shaded well,  blended well, interesting then so will the product be..  and that's about it..  it is all in the creativity you can come up with in photoshop (or any such program).  There really are no short cuts. 

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Yes, I agree with everything you said. I guess that what I am asking or looking for is to know if my approach is right from a technical point of view. Since I more or less made up what seemed to work there is still the question of is the approach right.

For example, to get a highlight on the lips do people use a multply layer or a soft light layer, do you over paint on the Mesh Map to extend the color over the base lips? Do I really need 8 layers and so on.  Trial and error is fine but time consuming and given that people are already doing it well, like yourself no doubt,  I am simply curious about how the look was achieved and what I can learn from it. Does that make sence?

Artistry is another matter entirely and after the technical understanding it is that which makes, as you say, all the difference.

All the best

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