I’ve been getting increasingly paranoid about anonymity when it comes to political stuff. With the repeated demonization of protesters (including a bill put forth to quell them “by any means necessary”), I’ve felt the need to keep my political activities separate from my identity and internet presence — not just for myself, but for those close to me whose careers or social lives could be jeopardized by my actions.
One factor that should be taken into account is facial recognition technology, which is honestly pretty scary. Fortunately, the software is not perfect — with a little anti-facial-recognition makeup and some ingenuity, it’s possible to keep from being picked out. If you’re of a witchy persuasion, you can combine this with symbols and protective magick to avoid detection.
- Draw it on using makeup that contrasts sharply with your skin tone. Go for deep blacks and bright whites. Most faces don’t have areas of very sharp contrast, so the bigger the difference between your camouflage and your skin color, the better.
- Most sigils I’ve seen have at least one vertical line. Center this line down the area where the brows and nose meet, since facial recognition software looks for the typical t-zone shape of a human face in order to pick it out.
- Try to incorporate the edges of the sigil in your hair or edges of your face to visually distort your face shape. Most human faces fall into one of a handful of recognizable shapes (round, square, heart, oval, triangle, or diamond), so break up the outline of yours.
Lastly, keep your social media clean. If you do opt to post photos of yourself (or anyone else) try not to do it on a platform that can be tied back to you. Apps like Face Dazzler can help you preserve the anonymity of any undisguised subjects in your photos.
Need help making sigils? Try this Sigil Creator. Don’t have face paint? Consider making your own (and adding a drop or three of skin-safe protective oils or elixirs as a bonus). It’s also a good idea to get some practice with a makeup face chart before actually trying techniques out on your skin. When you do try it out, snap a picture of yourself with your cell phone — if it’s able to detect your face, tweak your design until it can’t.
Good luck, and stay safe.