Welcome to the Uncanny Valley. How are your nightmares?
This is the Uniface Mask: ”A dream fulfilling face that satisfies today’s beauty standards”–– it’s a very convenient and not at all disturbing alternative to makeup and plastic surgery. Hiding your ugly face and showing the world a more beautiful face complete with “giant anime eyes, long lashes, a high nose bridge, and narrow chin and cheeks” just got so much easier. All you have to do is buy a Uniface Mask–here’s how the innovative technology is being described:
The science team behind this unique beauty product has developed “bionic-skin” technology to produce a human-skin-like mask, which is extremely thin and breathable through its pores. With the included “Cell-Blending” glue, which seamlessly binds the mask to human skin, users can put on Uniface and not even feel they’re using it. And if you’re worried about its expressionless doll-like look, don’t be. Made only with FDA G.R.A.S.(generally recognized as safe) materials, Uniface provides the highest level of comfort, allowing you to talk, make facial expressions and even sleep with it on without feeling any difference in your life.
And you take care of it like you would the face you grew yourself. Bummer that it still allows you to talk–if it didn’t, then maybe we could be even closer to being human sex dolls.
Uniface has to be too good to be true, right? Right. In the end, it’s just a satirical design project by Zhuoying Li, a graduate of Parsons The New School for Design in New York. Li created the mask in conjunction with a highly detailed promotional website to “ironically communicate how media has manipulated women’s desire to have the same extreme facial features.”