Though she falls a bit short in the “people-you-can-actually-touch” department, Hatsune Miku is certainly one of the most popular idols in Japan. Her appeal is, obviously, partly based on her digital singing voice, but she’s also got the cutes to capture fans’ hearts.
And, of course, where there are fans, there is cosplay!
Unfortunately, Asahi Sasaki’s makeup-based cosplay may be just a little bit too…real.
Providing an extreme example of Masahiro Mori’s “uncanny valley,” Sasaki’s makeup wizardy impressively brings the 3-D character Hatsune Miku to life—and leaves our spines tingling.
Sasaki, a popular YouTuber with over 180,000 subscribers, produces fashion and how-to makeup videos—and this week, she decided to show us how to do ourselves up like Hatsune Miku. However, the makeup artist was not satisfied with regular-sized human eyes and decided that she needed to replicate Miku’s face-dominating peepers.
▼So cute and yet so unsettling.
The sped-up video shows all the steps from the initial outlines of the eyes to the careful blending of eyeshadow to create “irises” matching Miku’s.
▼Starting simple with the outline. Kind of looks like butterfly wings now.
▼And now the outline looks like dorky glasses from the 60s!
▼Wait, eyeballs go inside the eyelids–not outside!
▼Choosing colors carefully…
▼”Four eyes.” Heh.
▼Annnd she’s finished! Let us know when you’re done screaming. We can wait.
Unfortunately, it seems that a few people have taken issue with Sasaki’s art, complaining that she hasn’t accurately reproduced Miku’s eyes. You’ll notice that, though gigantic and creepy, her eyes still have a relatively normal shape to them with pointed corners next to her nose. The complaint is that Hatsune Miku doesn’t really have corners in her eyes, but this ignores the fact that real people’s faces aren’t suited for anime eyes! While it’s certainly true that her makeup isn’t exactly faithful to the original, we don’t see how anyone could complain. It might be sitting right at the bottom of the uncanny valley leaving everyone unnerved, but it’s still amazing. And terrifying. But definitely amazing.
Still, there is one more problem with this clever makeup art. Sasaki has to keep her eyes closed! While that’s not such a big issue when sitting and posing for the camera, we’re not sure how one would go about replicating the look to take a stroll on Halloween to scare all your friends. The enormous, unblinking eyes are a thousand-times more bone-chilling than anything from a Freddy Kruger movie.
Wait! We got it! Sasaki was just trying to help us cool off this summer!
So sweet of her. Though now we’re going to need someone to help us get to sleep tonight…
▼Check our Sasaki’s video below! But maybe not before going to bed…