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Waifu Modding

So, you wanna learn how to make a qt wayfu??? Well you've come to the right place. This guide will show you what mods to get to make a good looking waifu. This quick guide was made by a few generous anonymous posters who took the time to find these mods! I had nothing to do with this guide. -Guardly
 

updated August 18th, 2021

Sliders

The first thing you gotta do is get a good character creation mod.  There are two you can use.  Either choose Racemenu or ECE!
 
RaceMenu is a redesign of the original character generator.  It changes the menus to a neater and nicer looking SkyUI style.  Like SkyUI, it also adds a search bar. 
A new warpaint feature is also added which gives you more color options and allows you to have more than one piece of warpaint on your face. This mod also adds extra sliders but only for the body.  The sliders effect how big a part of the body is like head, arms, legs, and yes even butt size.  This does not  add new face sliders. HOWEVER with the newest update to Racemenu, you can now manually edit the faces vertices however you want with the new sculpt mode. These changes can be saved as presets to be used for later characters. So now in terms of what both character creation mods can do now, they're evenly matched for now!

And here is how to add the newest ECE sliders to RM!
 
Enhanced Character Edit is a mod that adds 40 new sliders to edit your character with such iris size, dimple depth, nostril size, and many more!  It also adds new color sliders, zoom in/out feature for the camera, and a save and load feature.
This save and load feature is used to save facemorph information
so you can make new characters with an old face or even make your own presets for future characters.
This also changes face meshes for both males and females.

Hairs

Hair is probably the second most important part to making someone look good. You can use any you like but FIRST, you'll need theses mods. These are basically required if you want to play the game properly and not crash all the time.

Superior Lore-Friendly Hair

ALSO TO CONSIDER .  This is a retexture mod for vanilla hairs.  It makes the hairs look more real and fixes some normal map issues with the vanilla ones.  
 
 
Hallgarth's Additional Hair

Hallgarth's Additional Hair

Adds a lot of vanilla-style hair to the game that should fit in with what already exists. All hair uses vanilla textures, so any mod that changes vanilla hair textures will also affect these.

KS Hairdo

KS Hairdo

This hair pack offers A LOT of hairstyles for both male and female characters! Not much else to say.

Apachii Skyhair

Apachii Skyhair

A collection of hairs converted from The Sims, Oblivon and The Witcher 2. They come in all sorts of different styles for males and females. There are some good hairs but many of them look out of place or bad. If you do decide to use this mod, we also suggest getting this mod too.

Bodies

Caliente's Beautiful Bodies Enhancer -CBBE-.jpg

CBBE

The well-known body enhancer made famous in Skyrim is back and enhanced for Skyrim Special Edition.
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BHUNP (UUNP Next Generation) SSE

Greatly improved UNP base body wtih natural movements with HDT based.
Fully compatible with UUNP Body types.
High-poly, putting a lot of efforts on vagina, anus, breasts shapes, believable collision effects, much more tender breasts with 3 breast bones.
All this possible on BUNP 3BBB body.
Here are some nice and unique textures you can use!  Click on the image to go to the mod page and check out more of there screenshots and comments. REMEMBER to choose the textures that are compatible with the body YOU chose.  So if you're using a UNP, UNPB, or UNPC body, use UNP textures.  We do NOT recommend the use of  >bellas
Pride of Valhalla - Super HD Skin Set for UNP-UNPB-7B-CBBE

Pride of Valhalla - Super HD Skin Set for UNP-UNPB-7B-CBBE

Maevan2's Mature Skin Texture for CBBE - UNP

Maevan2's Mature Skin Texture for CBBE - UNP

Real Girls for UNP and Vanilla

Real Girls for UNP and Vanilla

Demoniac- High Quality Glossy Female Body Texture 8K 4K 2K - SE

Demoniac- High Quality Glossy Female Body Texture 8K 4K 2K - SE

SG Female Textures Renewal - CBBE

SG Female Textures Renewal - CBBE

Tempered Skins for Females - UNP CBBE and Vanilla

Tempered Skins for Females - UNP CBBE and Vanilla

Body and face texture replacement with different options coming with nude, dressed and topless UNP, CBBE and vanilla bodies.

Fair Skin Complexion

Fair Skin Complexion

This is an overhaul of female character creation. Includes skin, eyes, brows, teeth, freckles and makeup tint masks.

Bijin Skin

Bijin Skin

Skin textures for CBBE and UNP made by rxkx22. Compatible with CBBE Special and UUNP Special

And for beast races...
Flawn's Vanilla Argonians Redux - UNP CBBE SOS - 4k 2k

Flawn's Vanilla Argonians Redux - UNP CBBE SOS - 4k 2k

A high res retexture of the Argonians, based off the vanilla textures.

Feminine Khajiit Textures

Feminine Khajiit Textures

New textures for female Khajiits. For both UNP and CBBE bodies. It also comes with an extra variant that adds six nipples if you're in to that sort of thing...

Feminine Argonian Textures

Feminine Argonian Textures

New textures for female Argonians. For both UNP and CBBE bodies. It also comes with an extra variant that adds Chameleon colors or even extra scales.

FAR - Forgotten Argonian Roots

FAR - Forgotten Argonian Roots

It's a new texture mod for argonians which comes with a massive amount of customization and compatibility options. All body types are accounted for.

Miscellaneous

Finally, we have a bunch of extra mods that we recommend you use.  Things like high quality warpaint and eyebrows can really make a difference.  Also, if you want high quality facepaint to work, you must type this into the SKSE.ini file which should be in /skyrim/data/SKSE.  If you don't have a SKSE.ini, make one and add this line:
[Display]
iTintTextureResolution=2048
Barbarian Bodypaints - Racemenu Body and Head Overlays for UUNP CBBE and Males

Barbarian Bodypaints - Racemenu Body and Head Overlays for UUNP CBBE and Males

A collection of 10 sets of Face, Body, Hand, and Feet paint in a rough barbarian style. Compatible with UUNP and CBBE Female bodies, as well as Male.

Wolfpaint - Face - Facepaint Collection for Racemenu Overlays

Wolfpaint - Face - Facepaint Collection for Racemenu Overlays

A massive collection of facepaints.

YevMods - Makeup Pack

YevMods - Makeup Pack

Adds 4k makeup.

Beast Race Bodypaints -Khajiit and Argon

Beast Race Bodypaints -Khajiit and Argon

Adds additional customization options for Argonian and Khajiit characters, to allow for a more unique feel. Provides 54 Face paints and 101 Body paints designed to fit in with the beast races (Argonian and Khajiit). Includes Facepaint as both Warpaint and Face paint. Also, Foot and Hand paints are now implemented as well.

The Witcher 3 Eyes

The Witcher 3 Eyes

This little mod adds most of the eyes from the game The Witcher 3 in 1K resolution (1024x1024), with some colour variations. There is a total of 50 textures, for both genders, humans and elves. Khajiits and Argonians have 17 eyes (the same ones). Works with vampires.

Because Mer Ladies Need Love Too

Because Mer Ladies Need Love Too

Texture and facegen files to help Mer Ladies look more elven and beautiful.

Consistent Older People

Consistent Older People

Isn't it weird when some old people have wrinkly faces but their bodies are COMPLETELY fine? This mod fixes this issue so that old people are wrinkly all over.

Maevan2's eye brows

Maevan2's eye brows

This mod contains two different versions: one that replaces the vanilla textures or any other textures that have been already used to replace them. And a standalone version that adds new eyebrows without touching any existing ones. The shape of the brows is very similar to the vanilla ones.

Improved Eye Reflections

Improved Eye Reflections

Adds a new high-res cube map that makes the reflection in eyes look more detailed and not just a bunch of dots anymore. You can actually see Whiterun in the reflection!

Eye Normal Map

Eye Normal Map

Replaces the normal map textures for eyes so that they don't have weird looking reflections anymore.

Northborn Scars

Northborn Scars

Adds high quality textures to existing scars and adds a few new scars as well.

Odontaphobia

Odontaphobia

A high quality teeth retexture made by Eiries!

Honey Eyes

Honey Eyes

A small pack of eye textures, made standalone by kalilies.

Improved Eyes Skyrim

Improved Eyes Skyrim

The Eyes Of Beauty

The Eyes Of Beauty

SG Female Eyebrows

SG Female Eyebrows

Brows

Brows

Battle Hardened warpaint

Battle Hardened warpaint

XCE Warpaint

XCE Warpaint

Argonian Fins

Argonian Fins

Adds a fin hairstyle to Argonians like in Morrowind and Oblivion.

BeastHHBB

BeastHHBB

New vanilla based models for hair,horns, beard and brows combined with vanilla options - Beast races only.

Covereyes

Covereyes

Iridium Eyes

Iridium Eyes