Hello beautiful ones!
Have you been through this? I tried many different mesh heads. I ended up buying a few. I wore one to go out dancing a few times. I think I looked great! My friends said I looked great. But, when it got down to it, we all agreed that despite the lifelike appearance, it just did not feel lively enough in social settings. So, those mesh heads are just there in my inventory. I will put them on now and then, but not when I am hanging out with friends.
Don’t get me wrong, these heads look fantastic. For me the main appeal is the superior texture of the skins. It also helps that they don’t have any creases that system heads can get with certain shape settings. The drawbacks are fewer potential facial expressions. Some have HUD controlled facial expressions, while others have almost no control; at best, these are limited. Another drawback is that nearly all of them looked cranky. If you like that look, then you are more likely to like a mesh head. I am more cheerful than the persona projected when I wear a mesh head. The final drawback is that there are not nearly as many head shapes as people need to be distinctive. Many people like to use their own face settings. Even within the limits that avoid the dreaded creases, the diversity of possible faces is nearly infinite. I would bet that there are not much more than 100 faces available on mesh heads at this time. Go to a crowded dance club and you are likely to see 2 or 3 of the same mesh head on any given night. If you don’t like meeting someone with the same outfit or hair, you really won’t like meeting someone with the same face. Despite these drawbacks, I know and meet women with mesh heads who are lovely, and loving their Second Life experience with a mesh head. This is a very personal choice.
If you don’t like mesh heads or you just don’t want to pay for one, here are some tips to help you make the most of your system head. Choosing the right skin and makeup are crucial. This is a very personal decision. But, be sure your skin fits your shape. The easiest way to do that is to buy a shape and skin that were designed for each other. The only problem with this is that you start to run into the face-diversity problem again. If you use a custom setting, watch out for creases. I have small creases around my mouth, which I feel are suitable for my age. Creases around the nose are a common problem when people try to have a short nose. Also, make sure the lipstick and eyeliners of your skin or other makeups sit properly on your lips and eyes.
Another way to make the most of your system head is to purchase mesh ears. Many are available. Mine are from Mandala; they have infinite colors so you can match any skin color.
I also recommend an alpha for your teeth. Parted lips are a great feature that conveys a sense of anticipation or desire. Many of these are sold as a tattoo layer that paints teeth on your lips. That can work for a photoshoot without close ups, but a better option is to wear a small alpha layer on your mouth. You can get a free one from La Baguette. You can also get inexpensive mesh teeth with the mouth alpha layer from Miss Canning. An entire mesh mouth can also be used; this allows different mouth shapes outside the possible settings on the system face. However, a mesh mouth does not work with emotes on a system face. Which brings me to my next topic – emotes.
If you want to take full advantage of your system face, you might like to use an emote HUD. This will allow you to make facial expressions. I use an auto emote HUD that makes expressions based on what you type into local chat. You can customize these responses, or just set up timed loops of any number of expressions. Simpler emote HUDs are available for free.