Animal Crossing: New Horizons Guide – How To Customize Your Character

Unlike previous Animal Crossing games, New Horizons gives you total control over character customization from the start of the game. Gone are the days of answering a series of cryptic questions to determine your character’s appearance.

Instead, New Horizons sees you hand-selecting your character’s skin tone, hairstyle, and facial features during the game’s introduction.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to customize your character later in the game as well as detail every customization option available. Since there’s no limit on the number of times you can update your character’s look, feel free to experiment with different hairstyles, colors, etc.

If you would like to learn more about island living, check out our New Horizons tips and tricks guide to help get you started.

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Character Customization Options

Animal Crossing Character Customization Options

New Horizons includes a lot more customization options than previous games. This time around, you’re able to choose from a variety of skin tones, hairstyles, nose and mouth shapes, and much more. Here is a list of each category and their respective options:

Skin Tone

Animal Crossing Change Skin Tone

The first decision you’re presented with is your character’s skin tone. There’s enough variety to find one that reflects how you look, but feel free to pick whatever you want. 

Hairstyles And Hair Colors

Animal Crossing Change Hair Style

In the hair section, you can scroll through each hairstyle and find one that speaks to you, as well as choose your hair color. Later in the game, you’ll be able to unlock even more hairstyles and hair colors using Nook Miles.

  • Black
  • Dark brown
  • Red
  • Blonde
  • Straw
  • Dark grey
  • Light grey

Eyes And Eye Colors

Animal Crossing Change Eyes and Eye Colors

They say eyes are the gateway to a person’s soul. In this section, you can pick from a variety of eye styles and colors, some will make your character look more soulless than others. Here are the starting eye colors:

  • Dark brown
  • Light brown
  • Teal
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Grey

Nose And Mouth

Animal Crossing Change Nose and Mouth

The nose and mouth section offers a decent amount of options for giving your character some personality as well as the ability to breathe.

Cheek Style And Color

Animal Crossing Cheek Style and Color

The cheek style and color section lets you add some blush to your character’s cheeks in one of two possible colors. Maybe they’re a bit shy or just embarrassed that they haven’t paid off their loan from Tom Nook yet.

Face Paint And Gender Setting

Animal Crossing Face Paint and Gender Setting

Lastly, you can make your character stand out with some face paint based on your custom designs as well as switch genders at any time.

How To Customize Your Character

Animal Crossing How to Customize Your Character

If you find you’ve grown tired of your character’s appearance or just want to spice things up, you can always return to the character customization menu by using either a mirror or vanity.

Unfortunately, there’s no guaranteed way to getting to either since they require you to first learn their respective DIY Recipes. Here are all the different ways you can obtain DIY Recipes:

  • Talking to Tom Nook.
  • Talking to your neighbors.
  • Opening presents and bottles on the beach.
  • Purchasing them from the Nook Stop kiosk in Resident Services using miles.
  • Purchasing them from Nook’s Cranny using Bells.
  • Giving an Amiibo visitor their requested item.

How to Get More Customization Options

Animal Crossing How to Get More Customization Options

Earlier, we mentioned you would have a chance to unlock more customization options using Nook Miles. This includes the Top 8 Cool Hairstyles pack (2400 Miles), Top 8 Pop Hairstyles pack (2400), and Top 8 Stylish Hair Colors pack (3000).

Lastly, you can unlock a shaggy hairstyle by either not playing for a long time or excessively manipulating your game’s clock, aka time-traveling.

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