Your avatar contains many different layers. Namely a shape, a skin and eyes. Normally you find one that you like and then you don't have to worry about it again. However if you are like me, you are redoing your layers often, to stay up with the new styles. And now we have mesh avatars that work much differently from the old regular version.
As a new user, many do not have funds to buy many things. So here are some options I have found
for free on the SL Marketplace. This is the Koko - Angel Avatar kit that cost $ 0L. It comes with the shape, skin and eyes plus, the clothes, hair and make-up. There is a hud that allows you to change the skin tone, the size of the shoes and your fingernail and toenail polish. A big plus is the shape is adjustable too.
As a continuation, I found a Mega Box of Female Hair, Eyes, Skins and Shapes for $1L. From this
box I have constituted the following avatar. I didn't see the hair in the box to start with so I chose this one from Beautiful Dirty Rich -- Blair Hair ($0L), but i didn't like the color. Then I found one from the Box and it is ghastly, but I didn't go thru the whole box.
I kept the same shape, but edited the appearance. I chose another skin ([inaya] Soha $0), changed the hair to Edlestore "Bila" ($0L) and added some make-up (elymode make-up - Winter 2014/2015 - Gold Frost, Atia Swag Bag - High Drama Eye Lashes and Coral Semi-Frost Lips then BSN Deep Eyes - bright blue). The only additional cost to the change was the eyes which I got for $ 1L.
The outfit I am wearing is KoKo - Realizm Short Jumpsuit, Daisy Mesh Ankle Boots and a Captured Heart Choker. All costing $ 0L each.
Applying make-up will take a little practice as the eyelashes had to be adjusted to fit the curve of the eye on top and bottom. If you have any questions please feel free to send me a notecard or ask me when you see me around NCI.
That's all for today, but next time I will start showing some of the clothes I have found and talk about how to choose good quality clothing on a shoestring.