|Sist Bully Face on left, Sist Default Face on right, both with old face-ups.|
I still have three U-noa faceplates without face-ups: Lusis and Sist sleep faces and an L-Bi sleep face modded to have open eyes. I could have worked on those. Instead, I pulled out two Chibi faceplates, one B-El and one L-Bi (the two boys), and two Sist faceplates.
|Chibi Roron pouting face on left, Chibi Lilin serious face on right.|
I decided that the Chibi Lilin faceplate needs only new eyelashes (one side is longer than the other) and left that one alone. I was also going to skip the boys--in the end I opted to enhance one of the faceplates without first wiping it clean. I think he is B-El. The faceplate lacks the identifying code on the inside, while the other faceplate is branded L-DF for L-Bi Default Face. Without the codes I can't remember which boy is which. One is the male version of Lusis (open mouth) and the othe is the male version of Sist (closed mouth).
That left me with a Chibi Roron pouting face, a Sist default face, and a Sist bully face.
|After cleaning: Sist Bully, Roron pout, Sist Default.|
A U-noa characteristic: the eyebrows are sculpted on. Some
face-up artists sand them down. I prefer to leave them on.
Removing the old face-ups took forever. I used to have a bottle of pure acetone. It worked on contact. The bottle I have now (because I couldn't find any pure) is diluted with water. It makes a big difference in the amount of time it takes to remove the old makeup. I scrubbed with cotton balls, I scrubbed with Q-Tips, I scraped with toothpicks. Most, but not all of it, came off. What didn't come off would be covered by the same colors, so a little residue didn't matter.
|New face-ups: Chibi Roron on left, Sist Default on right.|
I didn't like the pink eyelids on the old faceups.
I did get an unpleasant surprise this time. After washing the faceplates with soap and water, I could see a bloom left behind on two of them, presumably by the acetone. I didn't photograph it, but it looked like a thin layer of talcum powder that was stuck to the faceplates. A little of it came off when I scraped it with a fingernail. I decided to try using a superfine sanding sponge, which I wet first so that I wouldn't release what might be resin powder into the air. It worked. Another wash and dry, then outside for spraying with MSC.
|Sist Bully face on left, B-El on right. B-El got just a touch-up.|
I spent most of the afternoon on those faceplates. As I worked, I realized: I have a Style. No matter how hard I try to vary the face-ups, in the end they look pretty much the same as before I redid them. Now I wouldn't mind if this were a wonderful style, but it's pretty humdrum. Would they look any better if I used an airbrush? I like to think they would, but I suspect they wouldn't. For better or for worse, they would still be in my style. Or maybe I just need more practice...
|Sist Default Face with eyes, but no eyelashes. |
The old eyelashes are unusable--I need to order more.