If the time you spend carefully applying makeup is becoming a time-draining burden, it may be time to consider conducting your social life in the digital realm. Thanks to the work of projection mapping wizard Nobumichi Asai, we have a vivid new sense of how dramatically the human face can be manipulated with modern technology. You won’t believe your eyes – and you shouldn’t.
Asai does most of his work on cars, docks, and buildings, but his latest canvas is a human face. Using what Gizmodo describes as “a combination of real-time face tracking and projection mapping,” he takes his model to places far beyond the boundaries of lipstick and eyeliner.
This won’t be completely shocking to anyone with a working knowledge of motion capture, the technology used to animate actors in movies ranging from The Polar Express to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. But whereas those movies try to duplicate the effect of really convincing makeup, Asai allows his creation to go off the deep end, adding effects that makeup couldn’t possibly achieve. Whether you want a face-full of undulating, kaleidoscopic patterns or you want a more anonymous look, prepare to see some eye (and face) opening possibilities.