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Collaborators: Katia Vega and Cindy Kao

Makeup has long been used as a body decoration process for self-expression and for the transformation of one's appearance. While the material composition and processes for creating makeup products have evolved, they still remain static and non-interactive. But our social contexts demand different representations of ourselves; thus, we propose ChromoSkin, a dynamic color-changing makeup system that gives the wearer ability to alter seamlessly their appearance. We prototyped an interactive eye shadow tattoo composed of thermochromic pigments activated by electronics or ambient temperature conditions. We present the design and fabrication of these interactive cosmetics, and the challenges in creating skin interfaces that are seamless, dynamic, and fashionable.

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