A little more mellow now around the eyes. (same opacity was set on the paint brush, so it works like make-up.)
Since I went over the whole lips to make them lighter there will not be that much shadow to them in game; so I will just go over them the burn tool. Now it's starting to look decent; but I don't like the eyebrows...I want eyebrows from a different race (that uses the same head mesh moonshadow or head 06 in this case).
To get the eyebrows I want erase the whole face I just pasted over except the eyebrows. (note that I am still using the fuzzy brush.). Now that I have just the eyebrows left and everything else erased I can anchor it.
It will ask if I am sure I want to open something without an active file selected I will hit 'yes'.
Now that it is open I will need to make a race for my Custom CM partner (If you want to make a custom race you will need to do this also, except only open Oblivion.esm as the main file.) I just clicked on the character tab> race... This will open up the race editor/creator window.
First in the list to the left I just right clicked and selected 'new'. I named the race what I am choosing to name my companion 'aaaAmandarace'. Now in the General data tab, I just set the numbers for the base stats (I want her to be an archer/rogue). I set the voice as Imperial. (note: do not go too crazy with the stat numbers or they will run at 100 mph, or jump into space...also If you want spells just find the spells tab in the object window and drag the spells you want for your racials.)
Before moving on to the face data tab I need to add hair and eyes. (add as many as you want if you are making a race.) To add hair and eyes click on the character>hair button and the top and character>eyes button. Right click in the list in both the hair and eyes windows and select 'new'. When you select new it will ask you to name your hair and/or eyes with an editor ID.
The top button in the hair window will open your meshes folder; where you need to find the mesh of the hair you want, the lower button will open your texture folder where you need to find the texture for the hair mesh (it will generally have the same name as the hair you selected). When choosing the texture for the hair just select the normal .dds texture not the hl_.dds, hh_.dds or the n_.dds. Repeat this for every hair you want to add. When you are done, just drag the new hair(s) into the race editor window in the list under 'hair styles'.
Now for the fun part (-.-) the face data tab. \o/ ... It's pretty straight forward, can be kinda tedious though. The buttons on the left are for meshes, the buttons on the right are for their textures (except for the eye buttons which are both for the eye meshes.. also avoid mixing and matching the two unless you know they can me mixed and matched like some head meshes and textures can.)
Since the face I used is moon shadow I chose the moonshadow head mesh with my new textures. I am ignoring the 'ears (male)' button since I am only making a female. For the 'ears (female)' I stuck to the ones in the kawa race. The mouth I used the mouth meshes and textures from the moonshadow elf race. The teeth lower button I used for eyelashes (since most teeth meshes in races are the top and bottom teeth combined). The Upper teeth I used the cat ones from the kawa race. The tongue I used for the whiskers (if you don't want whiskers most races come with tongue meshes and textures, or you can use the human default ones.) The eyes L is the left button the eyes R is the right button and I chose the eyes from the Kawa race (because remember I used those textures.)
(note: if you are just making a race you can save your race at this point, close out of the race editor/creator window and hit save and name your race. Don't forget to click on the 'text data' tab in the race window and click 'playable'! Also the text data tab is where you write your race info.)
WHEW that was long! Hopefully this tutorial made sense, I tried my best to explain how to use these simple GIMP techniques (no layers yay!...they may make your life easier when you need to erase something, but they are a pain in my ass XD.) and hopefully I explained well enough how to use the race editor is the CS.
update: Amanda 2.0
Update: 3.0 . Amanda; now with a smaller chin and different colored eyes. I made these eyes using eye textures found on tesnexus (oracle eyes... I think is what they are called; same I use for Nora.); I just re-colored them and pasted them over the kawa eyes I was using :p. Her face looks a little warmer, but it was just the time of day I took this shot.
If anyone want's any of these resources let me know and I will post them here (:. I thought about posting all the faces I used, so people could play around with them; but most people would probably prefer to use what they have, so I will only upload it by request.