Makeup is usually used for slightly adjusting the everyday look but some actually realize its true potential. Mimi Choi from Vancouver, Canada is one of them. She is a 31-year-old makeup artist who creates intense hyperreal optical illusions, and her amazing work has earned Mimi 274,000 followers on Instagram.


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Before discovering makeup art, Mimi trained as a teacher and worked in a pre-school for three years. "I felt like my creativity was suppressed. I enjoyed teaching but I wasn't completely happy," she said. "I needed a new challenge." After leaving the classroom, she started experimenting with her makeup brushes at home.

"I've always been arty and had done bridal makeup before, which people really liked. I'd not done anything as crazy as the work I do now, though." Enrolling at a local beauty college really helped Mimi to take her skills to new heights. But things really took off when Halloween was just around the corner. "I wanted to do something different for October 31, so I had a look on Instagram and found a photo of a woman, who looked like her face had cracked."

"I'd never tried any kind of crazy make-up on myself, but I just got out my black and white eyeliner and gave it a go." And the rest is history.

Choi creates her mind-blowing work through masterfully understanding perspective, creating three dimensionality on a flat surface. She manipulates makeup like an artist uses his paint and places shadows onto her body to make her skin either pop out or recede back into the body.

More info: Instagram (h/t: mmm)

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N G 2 weeks ago

How is this even possible, they're amazing

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Luck Yeah 2 weeks ago

Tom Cruise should hire her to make him look like Tom Cruise

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Issy 2 weeks ago

Parseltongue :D

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Luna Kittenwarrior 2 weeks ago

Cutieception

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Harvey Tydeman 2 weeks ago

i want to see what it looks like if she opens her eyes

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Luck Yeah 2 weeks ago

Showing her asp

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Daria B 2 weeks ago

Someone must have said something really REALLY stupid to make her roll her eyes like that....

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Daria B 2 weeks ago

Talking about having a split chin....

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Daria B 2 weeks ago

My face every summer in Korea. Ehehehe

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Luck Yeah 2 weeks ago

This thread is a serial killer's dream

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Luna Kittenwarrior 2 weeks ago

This is disturbing in the best way.

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Daria B 2 weeks ago

My skin every winter in Korea.

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Wayward Peach 2 weeks ago

This is as pretty as It is odd 🤗😍

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Melody Lanzatella 2 weeks ago

I LOVE THIS ONE!!

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Mr. Bojangles 2 weeks ago

This makes my head spin just looking at it

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Rebekah 2 weeks ago

Amazing.

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Mr. Bojangles 2 weeks ago

This one hurts to look at

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Mr. Bojangles 2 weeks ago

Is the diamond ring made with make up too?

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Lara B. 2 weeks ago

It looks like someone casually wiped some cloth with paint over her face, but i guess it took her ages to make it look like that.

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Rory August 2 weeks ago

Winter is coming!!!

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