Waifu Modding

WARNING: MOST OF THIS GUIDE WILL NOT WORK WITH SE, SEE THE FAQ AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR MORE INFO
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 March 10th, 2019

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.
This is a godsend of a mod.  It keeps the game from CTD when you use showracemenu or when you have too many hair mods installed at once. So now you can use all those high-res warpaints and over 200 hairs without having the game explode! This is REALLY important if you're gonna use all of these hair mods and take your time making a character!

Precache Killer

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.  
 
 
Holiday Hairdos

Holiday Hairdos

Another hair mod for both genders.

Crazy Hair - KS Hairdos

Crazy Hair - KS Hairdos

Just a few hairs that didn't get into KS.

saLa Hair

saLa Hair

This mod adds 30 hairs for women, 4 hairs for men.

Combined Hairstyles Collection

Combined Hairstyles Collection

Collection of all the Hairstyles i combined that adds a total of 39 Hairstyles.

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.

SC - Hairstyles

SC - Hairstyles

A female hair pack with lots of extra medieval influence to them such as braids and jewlery.

KS Hairdos - HDT Physics

KS Hairdos - HDT Physics

This is a hair pack that contains 75 female hairstyles from the KS Hairdos pack with added HDT physics.

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.

Ponytail Hairstyles

Ponytail Hairstyles

As the name says, this mod adds a few ponytail hairstyles for both males and females. Some of the hairs are even based off of the new Tomb Raider game.

Lovely Hairstyles

Lovely Hairstyles

A simple hair mod that feature some lore-friendly hairstyles, so know this from start, you won't find any anime/super fantasy hairstyles here. These hairs are suppose to fit in Skyrim world, bringing some small immersion over your character. Although, most of these hairs are just ports fro The Witcher 2 with a few edits here and there!

NU Hairstyles

NU Hairstyles

Female hairs from Nuska's resource pack that are now able to used!

Morten Hairs

Morten Hairs

These hair packs adds a wide variety of hairs from fantasy elven styles to afros all converted from The Sims 3. Most of these hairs are for people who just want to joke around or don't mind having a bunch of over the top hairs. However, some of the new hairs can be plausible for a "lore-friendly" character.

Lore Styles hair set

Lore Styles hair set

This is a hairpack that contains 6 NEW female hairs. These were not ported from any other game and were made by the author. These styles are perfect for a lore friendly character, but the textures might clash with the rest of the game.

Hair Variety Plus

Hair Variety Plus

Adds a range of new hairs that are meant to mimic the vanilla style. 4 male hairs and 4 female hairs are in this mod. Perfect for anyone who wants a simple character.

Better Vanilla Hairs

Better Vanilla Hairs

A mesh replacement for hairs. This replaces 3 female hairs and 2 male hairs with cleaner and better looking meshes.

Numenume Hair

Numenume Hair

This is standalone mod that adds a bunch of anime hairstyles for females only. This is for people who don't really care about consistency with the world around them and just wanna got nuts!

SGHair pack 350

SGHair pack 350

Yet another collection of hairs. This mod WAS broken down into six ESPs and 1 ESM, but now has been reduced to just one of each that total up to 350 new hairstyles ported from The Sims. There's bound to be something you will like in this pack! This is where the precache killer we told you to add is useful. DON'T TELL ANYONE WE HAVE THIS. I'M LOOKING AT YOU REDDIT.

Oblivion Hairs

Oblivion Hairs

Oblivion Hair Pack adds an enormous amount of modded and ported hairs from Oblivion to Skyrim. It comes with a wide variety of female hairs, but it does have its own section for males as well. Many look out of place or just plain goofy, but there are a few gems to dig up. Be warned though some of the hair textures look really bad or really broken.

Fallout Hairs

Fallout Hairs

Same as the Oblivion Hair pack except with hairs ported from Fallout 3 mods which were probably ported from Sims 2 mods.

Natural Retexture

If you do decide to use Apachii hairs, we also suggest getting this mod too.
This is a total retexture project for all of the Apachii hairs. Instead of having gloss and perfect sheen on hairs, you get the original rugged feeling of the vanilla hairs, except these new textures are high-res.

HDT Physics Extension

It is an SKSE plugin that applies the existing Havok physics engine to other uses in skyrim. Swishing hair, flowing skirts, or the ever popular bouncing boobs. REQUIRED FOR KS Hairdos - HDT Physics.

Bodies

Now we come to a crossroad on this guide.  There are 2 main bodies that you can use.  Each with there own compatibilities, armors, and textures.  You can only choose one but it is highly recommended to just use a variant of UNP as CBBE is outdated now. CBBE is at the bottom now.

DIMONIZED- UNP

Mod for more petite and natural looking women. Much smaller in frame when compared to cbbe.  Unlike CBBE, UNP has more UNP armors and UNP varients that are equally customizable. This also has a bodyslide made by fans but doesn't have near the amount of customization.

Body variants for UNP

- An even more skinnier and more petite version of unp.
- Unp body with bigger breasts. Supports BBP and TBBP
- A more curvacious body mod for unp users made by HaloFarm!
- Unp body that is customizable to your liking. Can use the outfit studio like you could with CBBE. Best in my opinion.

High Poly Feet and Hands

UNP bodytypes only! For better looking feet and hands, use this! These new high poly meshes are excellent for screenshot taking but if you have a low end computer, you probably don't want to get this.
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
Bijin skin UNP and CBBE

Bijin skin UNP and CBBE

This is NOT the actual skin used in my Bijin mods. Smoother than that but still realistic.

Unslaad Keizaal - Pale UNP Textures

Unslaad Keizaal - Pale UNP Textures

A young-looking pale and seamless diffuse texture set for UNP family bodies, comes with normal and specular maps as well.

PureSkinTexture

PureSkinTexture

the Pure - CBBE & UUNP ( UNP curvy, UUNP, 7B, UNPB) body texture replacer

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

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

Customizable Female body texture package for CBBE, UNP Curvy, UNPB, 7B. Support 8K, 4K, 2K

Graphene Block 30 Test Typ

Graphene Block 30 Test Typ

A well rounded skin texture with some really nice normal maps.

Leyenda Skin

Leyenda Skin

A pretty pale skinned texture that works with EVERY body variant ever, so it works with both CBBE and UNP.

Fair Skin Complexion

Fair Skin Complexion

A fairly clean and simple body textures for both CBBE and UNP. It's literally anime skin.

Mega Milkdrinker

Mega Milkdrinker

High quality, uncompressed, seamless texture mix. Originally created for Xidix, the MEGA MILKDRINKER package has been built for versatility, so don’t expect built in abs or anything like that. These are just diffuses, so mix and match with your favorite speculars and normalmaps.

SG Female Textures

SG Female Textures

Not too realistic and not too fake. The perfect even ground for great looking females. Whether it be a young adventurer or an elderly sorcerer.

Mature SKin

Mature SKin

Replaces the face and body textures for all human females with realistic and HD textures with a focus on realism rather than flawless skin that usually only makeup artists can provide. Recommended that you use older version since the new 2.0 one looks kinda ehhhhh.

Real Girls Realistic

Real Girls Realistic

Although it's still a WIP, this is the highest quality face and body texture to date. Be advised, this will rape low-end computers.

Pride of Valhalla

Pride of Valhalla

Pride of Valhalla is a skin texture that is a marriage of Real Girls and Mature Skin. It comes in 3 different sizes, 8k 4k and 2k resolutions. If you have a hard time deciding between Mature Skin or Real Girls, Pride of Valhalla might be for you.

True Daughters of Skyrim

True Daughters of Skyrim

A realistic body texture which looks like a combination of Mature Skin and BI Phenotypes.

Univision

Univision

A Japanese texture for very doll like females. This is mainly up for player preference, but it's also good if you're trying to make children.

LFF Lore-Friendly Females

LFF Lore-Friendly Females

Mature skins predecessor. This adds even more gritty detail to make even the women of Skyrim bleak and war torn.

Coverwomen

Coverwomen

One of the first and simplest texture packs. It's good for people who don't want anything flashy. Just remember to pick variant 4.

BI Phenotypes

BI Phenotypes

Adds numerous scars and wounds to make your warrior, mage, and archer feel like a real battle hungry veteran!

Barbarian and Milkdrinker

Barbarian and Milkdrinker

A collection of skin textures and skin resources by HoneyVanity. Which also sorta includes the old Barbarian skin textures.

Abyssal Dremora

Abyssal Dremora

An evil looking texture pack made for custom races. Comes with 3 female dremora variants in red, violet, and green.

Fitness Body

Fitness Body

A normal map texture pack that aims for chiseled and smooth abs with multiple options for your choosing.

Battle hardened

Battle hardened

A much more compatible muscle map mod that aims for more realistic tones muscles.

Daedric Princess Nox

Daedric Princess Nox

Want to look like a bad ass fucking demon lady? Well, maybe this will appeal to your lust for daemonic visage. Try the Daedric Princes Nox Texture as it comes in 4k and 2k resolutions. This mod is intended to be used with Custom Races. That mod allows you to have your own textures and meshes, without any NPC using them. The Nox skin is so unique, there should of course be only one running around Skyrim.

And for beast races...
Dragonic Argonian Textures Female

Dragonic Argonian Textures Female

Snake like skin for Argonians.

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.

Drachis Argonians

Drachis Argonians

Now supports CBBE and UNP! For that bad ass dragon look, but for women.

Ohmes-Raht Pack

Ohmes-Raht Pack

A khajiit like textures mod to make the Ohmes-Raht race that are sort of a hybrid between human and khajiit. Like the Abyssal Dremora, this is only textures and you'll need to use these textures for a custom race mod.

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
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.

El's Face Stuff

El's Face Stuff

ONLY USE THE EYE AND BROW TEXTURES! DO NOT USE THE FACE TEXTURES!

LiEyes

LiEyes

Eye stuff

The Neith Team Warpaints Set

The Neith Team Warpaints Set

This is a pack of 46 Warpaints for females.

Freckle Mania 2

Freckle Mania 2

Freckle Mania is back and better than ever. Enjoy high quality freckle overlays for your waifu!

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

Warpaints by SkyrimKnight

Warpaints by SkyrimKnight

Weathered and Worn Warpaints

Weathered and Worn Warpaints

Nuska Warpaint

Nuska Warpaint

XCE Warpaint

XCE Warpaint

KS Hairdos Beast Races

KS Hairdos Beast Races

Adds new hairstyles and horns for both Argonians and Khajiit. REQUIRES KS Hairdos for Khajiits.

Argonian Fins

Argonian Fins

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

Hair Workshop for Argonians

Hair Workshop for Argonians

This mod adds new horn and headpieces for argonians who DEFINITELY need the modded variety!

More Beast Race Warpaints HD

More Beast Race Warpaints HD

Makes both khajiit and argonian warpaints HD!

XCE Morrowind Warpaint

XCE Morrowind Warpaint

Covereyes

Covereyes

Iridium Eyes

Iridium Eyes

Better Makeup

Better Makeup

XCE Scarface

XCE Scarface

Calientes Female Body Mod- CBBE

One of skyrim's very first body mods. This body mod focuses on  breast and ass.   This also has better compatiblilty with physics mods but we'll come to that later. Also comes with bodyslide which allows you to customize the body any way you wish.

Body variants for CBBE

- More petite version of cbbe. Breast greatly reduced, smaller butt, and thinner limbs.
- Version of CBBE featuring a bigger more finely shaped BUTT, thighs and hips.
This body is outdated as most outfits and ports are made for any of the UNP variants nowadays.