I started by removing the blond eyelashes. They were so pale I could barely see them. I removed the blue from his ear tips. Then, I wiped the gloss from his colorless lips. The rest required only touching up what was already there. I made his eyebrows a little darker. I gave him some cheek blush and blushed the tips of his ears and his chin. Because one eye had a little more blue under the bottom lashes than the other, and because I was afraid to remove it in case I damaged the painted-on lashes, I added a bit more blue to the side that had less.
|No more ice blue ears. I also changed out the pink eyes for a light green.|
The lips came out darker than I had planned, even after I applied the palest pink in my box of pastels. I lightened the color by adding a bit of white pearl powder to the clear gloss I applied at the end. Finally, I replaced the blond lashes with black ones. The end result is that the Ice Dragon has at last come in from the cold.
While I was at it, I decided to redo Iplehouse Soo. I "fixed" her once before, but she still looked like a cold, hard hussy and I found I just couldn't warm up to her. I knew the look I wanted: a sweet, innocent, natural beauty. But could I achieve that look for her?
Removing her faceup was scary, because I was taking all of it off. I don't have the tools, the talent, or the eyesight necessary to paint feathery bottom lashes. I would do the best I could do and hope it passed muster. That hard red mouth was difficult to remove. I ended up scraping some of it off with a craft knife. I left a tiny bit on the interior. It was impossible to get at, and the mouth should appear darker towards the inside anyway. In the end, I made it fade in the same way I took care of Quartz's mouth -- with a bit of pale color added to the gloss medium. As a final touch, I gave her a sprinkling of freckles. And then I gave her back her SID body. (Lahela has reclaimed her original EID body.)
|With blue eyes and freckles, Soo has become the girl next door.|
I also made her some new earrings.
While I was at it, I took new photos of Kiri (Iplehouse Mari SID) in the wig that Soo had been wearing. I think I like her as a blonde.
Carleen (Iplehouse Lahela EID) is happy to be reunited with her body. She is enjoying the yellow gradation wig I purchased for Jillian (nYID Audrey).
Next time I will attempt faceups on my newest arrivals, who spent the weekend at New York's JFK Airport and should finish their Northern bound journey either Monday or Tuesday. I hope the weather stays on the warm side for their faceups, or else spraying with MSC may prove problematic.