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.

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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3 years ago

Yuch!!

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Lara B.
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3 years ago

That really messes with my head!

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DancingToMyself
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3 years ago

Great! I had a similar thing, in one of my solo's the "snake" was climbing up my arm.

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coffee zombie
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3 years ago

Artsy

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Melissa Apple
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3 years ago

This one is really creepy

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Makis Dnls
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3 years ago

Good job!

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Makis Dnls
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3 years ago

Sexy xp

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Daria B
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3 years ago

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

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Daria B
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3 years ago

Talking about having a split chin....

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Sheila Stamey
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3 years ago

I like this one.

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Harvey Tydeman
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3 years ago

looks like Salami

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Lara B.
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3 years ago

Wow, just wow!!

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Daria B
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3 years ago

My skin every winter in Korea.

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Wayward Peach
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3 years ago

This is as pretty as It is odd 🤗😍

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Harvey Tydeman
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3 years ago

"ummm can you open your mouth i'm kinda stuck here"

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Erwin Sanz
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3 years ago

Nightmare

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Laura Zaini
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3 years ago

😱

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Melody Lanzatella
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3 years ago

OMG!

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Luck Yeah
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3 years ago

The table looks worse

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Lara B.
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

Winter is coming!!!

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Mary Salzman
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3 years ago

I like this one!

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Sorai Jordan
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3 years ago

someone wrote something about nightmares in the comments before this pic, but I think... this pic here is worst. worst, but best. very nicely done

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Karen Nomura
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3 years ago

You crack me up!!!😂

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Luck Yeah
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3 years ago

Can't even

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Lara B.
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3 years ago

This one makes me cringe. She is amazing at what she does!

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SiYuan
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3 years ago

This looks really cool!

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Debra Starr Moon
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3 years ago

She makes my brain hurt. But so fascinating!

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Luna Kittenwarrior
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3 years ago

Life to death.

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Karen Nomura
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3 years ago

FALSE ADVERTISING! This isn't smudge proof, waterproof makeup😡‼️

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Luck Yeah
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3 years ago

The model ate my homework

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Luna Kittenwarrior
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3 years ago

Furry level: 99999999999999999+

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ispeak catanese
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3 years ago

The mouth is so convincing!

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Luna Kittenwarrior
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3 years ago

Stop it with the checker illusions! It's scaring me!

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Luck Yeah
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3 years ago

She is gorgeous

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Kathleen Miller
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3 years ago

How an ER doc might fix a facial wound!

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Diana Crick
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3 years ago

Brilliant

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Hillary Rossell
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3 years ago

If I were her, I'd go out in public and act as if nothing were unusual.

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Tabbi024
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3 years ago

It really does look like she've got four eyes. haha

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Sybil Billy
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3 years ago

So elegant

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Sara MacFarland
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3 years ago

Having a face peel

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Amanda Venero
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3 years ago

😮😮😮😲

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Cristina Fraser
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3 years ago

Wow

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Cristina Fraser
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3 years ago

Wow

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Dana Miller
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3 years ago

One of my favorites

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ispeak catanese
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3 years ago

Gender and race have been erased!

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Delouch Chua
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3 years ago

this will give me nightmares

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Liz dJ
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3 years ago

And to think that I can't even wing my eyeliner like that

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Christy Long
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3 years ago

This one is so cute , love this girl!

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Trish Fletcher
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3 years ago

Even the cat is freaked out

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Cristina Fraser
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3 years ago

Love this

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Sorai Jordan
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3 years ago

that's incredibly creative! it's disturbing, but funny at the same time

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Nancy E
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3 years ago

I can't stop looking at the EYE !

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Cristina Fraser
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3 years ago

So real

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3 years ago

Nightmares for days

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Amanda Venero
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3 years ago

Wao

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Grace Mercier
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3 years ago

Scrambled face

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Grace Mercier
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3 years ago

This one really messed with my brain

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Tabbi024
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3 years ago

those little eyes at the bottom hahaha

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Laura Zaini
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3 years ago

😱

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Morgan
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3 years ago

This is really good just ewwwww

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Amanda Harker
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3 years ago

You could swear that is a mask.

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Sherri Mantooth Bagwell
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3 years ago

Crazy!!!

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Jeremy Beutler
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3 years ago

SHUT YOUR FACE!

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Angelina Wilkins
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3 years ago

This one is so pretty.

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Dominique Barrager
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3 years ago

Split personality 👸🏻

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Tabbi024
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3 years ago

Wow how real😲

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Taryn Wallace
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3 years ago

Is this a koi fish kind of look?? She's brilliant

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Viki Banaszak
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3 years ago

Amazing!

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