Mixing lights with makeup – The brief

In our quest to level up our makeup toolkit, we previously mixed LED lights with traditional makeup. The result was interesting, but we felt there was a missing element of interactivity. We therefore opted to add sound sensors with a molded LED matrix.

We never 3D printed face prosthetics with a molded LED matrix, the result is very promising.

Frank Helpin
Senior Director-Innovation
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When Kyle was still human.

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The creature we…created.

We started out by 3D scanning the head of our model to modelize the prosthetic on his face. Then we created a 3D model of the mold that we 3D printed with a 3D printer using resin.

Oh, did I mention everything was done in 3D?

Charlie Maréchal
Innovation Designer
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The LED matrix was too big for the model’s cheek.
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So we opted for the forehead instead.
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We then modelized the molds.
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And used a 3D printer with resin, allowing for a smoother printed surface that is better suited for molding.
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This is the 3D printed mold.
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Hopefully the matrix fitted perfectly in the mold.

Makeup and silicon

You can’t really use makeup on silicon, you need to either dye it before molding it, or use a special coating product that will allow you to paint directly on the prosthetic.

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We chose this texture and color because it diffused the light well.
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Just pour the silicon in the mold and add the matrix.
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Then press the heck out of it.


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It didn’t work. The silicon didn’t react well with the electronic components, therefore it didn’t catalyze (dry) properly. We had to try again with another kind of silicon.

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Which yielded a somewhat satisfactory result, but nevertheless allowed us to pursue the day according to plan.

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Which means turning our model bald with a bald cap

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And looking for a few aesthetical inspirations.

We experienced with sound and proximity sensors, and decided to go with the sound sensor to allow the model to play with the matrix using his voice.

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This cool thing on our transparent head is the proximity sensor.

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This is the team being unsure if it would work.

This experiment convinced us to continue pushing the workshop further by adding another model and play with a few different sensors to add some real interactivity. Stay tuned for what’s coming up NEXT.

Makeup conception by Chloé Poirier-Sauvé.

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