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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Blue World Style Tip: Make a Realistic Scar for Your Blue Mars Face

Makeup isn't all about glitz and glamour! Some of the most interesting makeup techniques in Hollywood, for example, come in the form of cuts, bruises, and even scars. Scars in particular can be defining features of wicked and striking characters. From the Phantom of the Opera to Final Fantasy, scars can make or break a character's look. Avatars are no exception. Sometimes a raw scar or marking is all it takes to bring an avatar from average to edgy. So how can you make your very own striking scar in Blue Mars? With the Face Editor, it's unbelievably easy.

My scar is a little rough and faded for the sake of realism, and it involves only two layers, one violet and one pale pink.

  1. First of all, I stretched out the sharpest-edged oval shape until it was very thin.
  2. Next, I rotated and placed it across the middle of my face.
  3. I tinted this layer violet and made it very sheer before I duplicated it.
  4. I then made this new layer pale pink and more opaque, and layered it on top of the violet shape.You can play with the transparency of both layers to get your desired effect, but bear in mind that if it's too dark it will look painted-on, and if it's too light it will be too hard to see.
  5. I reduced the size of the pink shape just a little, so the edges of the violet shape would show and give the marking some depth.
Don't be afraid to use this tip for your makeup contest entry! Entries can be anything from darling face-paint to gruesome scarring. Click here for more details on the contest!


  1. /me facepalms

    What is it with this obsession with the marks of physical violence as fashion accessories, Iris? Are we to be treated next to a post on "How to make an adorable black eye and split lips," complete with a pictorial featuring said look modelled by someone wearing a flouncy baby doll?

    Yes, I get what you are saying about rounding out a "character type" -- but you are once again walking a fine line here between something rather like role-playing, and "abuse chic." That might be fine, if you at least displayed some consciousness of the issues at stake here. It's not as though you don't know about them. Why do you continue to obstinately refuse to admit that fashion isn't just about "looking good," but has a semiotic of its own, a particular way of creating meanings?

    There *are* ethical issues that this sort of thing raises. Why on earth, given the controversies over abused-looking skins, can't you discuss, or at least acknowledge them?

    And why are these peeks into the culture of Blue Mars increasingly giving me a sense of deja-vu? Brave new blue world? Or same old same old?

  2. This post actually came about as a way to create makeup-layer looks that would appeal more to men since so far my tutorials and tips have been catered mostly towards women, however since I only have a female Blue Mars avatar I had to wear it on her.

    I also deliberately used grungier hair and minimal makeup along with a studded leather jacket, aiming for more of a rugged street fighter look rather than a feminine "flouncy baby doll" ensemble.

    Given the context of Hollywood makeup artistry that I tried to frame this article in, I didn't see a need to include the inevitably inflammatory topic, but as always I appreciate your candour, Scylla.


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