Halloween for me is like something otherworldly, because all my senses become almost bionic. I want to see, hear, taste, feel, whatever I am trying to transform into. Essentially, just BE that thing. Considering i'm a SciFi Fantasy buff, especially steampunk, I decided to attempt my first ever cyborg transformation.
I haven't done anything like this in a long time and while I was doing it, I wondered to myself, "Why don't I do this every day?" Realistically, one big reason is because I suffer from a myriad of health issues, including Fibromyalgia. It sucks the creativity right out of you. It's why I haven't been updating as much as I would like to. This time I had a reason to get excited, Halloween. Inspiration doesn't come as easy as say 5 years ago, but it came with a vengeance for all things boring this year. I hope this streak lasts. Health issues will suck the life out of you, if you let them.
For this particular look, I had something like a cross between Terminator and Ex Machina in mind. (Excellent Scifi film, by the way!) I started out simple and then decided that if I was going to do this, I was going to DO this with everything I had.
Being that i'm forever on a budget, I needed cheap alternatives to the ever popular Spirit gum and Liquid latex. I found that when in a pinch, not only do you not need face paint, but Elmers glue and TP or tissue have some hidden awesome talents as well. Don't underestimate their powers. I spent all of $1 and change on this look. All I had to get was the Elmer's Glue. Everything else I owned. I hope you own TP.
The search was on. I went through a few tutorials on Youtube, until I spotted exactly what I was looking for. With the help of her cyborg tutorial, I was able to follow the style and make it my own in the process. She did an excellent job at making it easy to follow. I'm no novice, but i'm definitely not a professional arteest.
I started out by outlining and filling in my shape with a NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Milk. Including the eyebrow area. This is used as the base to paint on. Then I applied E.L.F tone correction powder, which helped to matte it well. After that, I used NYC Eyeliner to draw the lines (This is where I could have gone with something else. It did the job, but it was really hard to control. So, achieving straight lines was near impossible. Otherwise, it's a great budget eyeliner for simple cat eyes.)
When I had all the plates, bolts and screws I wanted, it was time to shade everything in to start bringing it to life. I used a beautiful soot black shade called "serious" from my The Balm Nude-tude palette to make my entire cat eye deeper and to blend in all the shadows. I also Made sure to cover every lil nook and cranny of the eye area, including the whites with black eyeliner. When that was done, I used a silver called Pegasus, from the BH Cosmetics Supernova palette to go over the white spots where I wanted it to look like light was hitting. Then topped it off with a more pigmented silver called "Hall of mirrors" from the Sleek Whimsical Wonderland Palette. Lots of blending and smudging was had and really concentrated on the lighting and shadowing elements.
Then it was time for the TP. It was a struggle getting it to blend in with my skin using the foundation and Elmers glue. In the video, she had to go back and put more TP to make it look like it was was blended into the skin better. I had to do the exact same thing. The trick I found, is to blend a thin layer on the outside and work your way in or start thick and go thin toward the outside. The second time over helped a lot, along with the added blood. I was using freaking tp, what are ya gonna do? It came out impressive for what it is anyway.
Transformation complete in 3...2...1...
The final touch was the fake blood that really gave it that creepy vibe. I'm glad that I opted to put blood inside and outside the toilet paper skin. It helped to make it even more 3 dimensional and look as if the skin was really peeling away and irritated.
To top off the look, I used this Peggy Sue wig. I wanted the hair to be dark black in contrast to the design and for it to be dead straight, so the focus would be on the cyborg aspects. It was the only black wig I owned, but I think it worked out well. Kind of even gives it a Stepford wife from the 50's cyborg vibe. Or, as my friend Gene said, I turned Mia from Pulp Fiction, into a Cyborg. I so did.
The final outcome made me quite happy. I showed my friends and they were so inquisitive. One person actually asked me if the cyborg part was a pre-made sticker! I think that's a win.
This took me i'd say about an hr. That was before I had a field day of fun adding filters and good stuff via pic monkey; my trusty po folk Photoshop. The red eye I added with Pic Monkey really brings everything out. I hope you enjoyed looking at it as much as I enjoyed making it and I look forward to trying out more looks for fun. Hopefully not just on Halloween!