andrewartwork replied to your post: thunz replied to your post: Your Rose Shepard…
I hope this doesn’t come off as offensive but why do you like to have your Shep wear so much makeup? I always wonder with the war going on and already having Kaidan why she feels the need to still apply it everyday, she’s already gorgeous au natural.
Pure and simple answer?
Game mechanics mainly. She uses default Jane textures which come pre loaded with eyeshadow, lipstick and blush. I tone down the blush, change the colouring of the eyeshadow and about a day ago changed the colour of the lipstick lighter. I have not added any other makeup to her in the CC or gibbed and I think that’s what people need to get their head around because I then end up being made to feel like ass because I’m supposedly playing barbie? I opt for the textures because of the freckles, the eyebrows and what the textures do for her face, which are insanely better than what we’re given as default.
And also saying “She has Kaidan so why would she wear makeup?” is actually a bit squiffy for me as it implies that the make up was worn for other peoples enjoyment, that she wore it to ~catch kaidan~ when infact if we want to go down to headcanon gaming - she did it for herself.
And the whole “makeup when in WAR?” thing has been debated to death. Not only does it take roughly 4 minutes to put makeup on at the most, but Shepard is not just a soldier on the ground floor (And hell, even if she was, she could still wear that amount of makeup and in the actual army today that amount of makeup is classed as fine) she’s negotiating, she’s being interviewed, she’s in the public eye. She may be a soldier, she may have died, she may be a total badass, but maybe just maybe she wants to wear something that makes her feel good.
I’m not getting at you, but this really touches on something that I find really problamatic. That Shepards with no make up are praised (just had a convo about that with my girl para) like they’re these strong individuals who kick ass and are amazing, yet you put a bit of war paint on in the form of some lip colour, some eyecolour and suddenly she’s weak, stupid, only pre-occupied with her looks and might as well step out from the fight.
So there you have it. As far as I’m concerned my Shepard wears makeup because it’s okay to wear makeup, she wore makeup in ME1, she wore makeup in ME2 and she’ll wear makeup when her bloodied body is dragged up by the beam because it doesn’t change for one second how amazing she actually is.