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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N G 1 year ago

How is this even possible, they're amazing

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Luck Yeah 1 year ago

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

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Issy 1 year ago

Parseltongue :D

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Harvey Tydeman 1 year ago

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

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Melissa Apple 1 year ago

This one is really creepy

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Luna Kittenwarrior 1 year ago

Cutieception

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Luck Yeah 1 year ago

Showing her asp

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Daria B 1 year ago

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

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Daria B 1 year ago

Talking about having a split chin....

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Daria B 1 year ago

My face every summer in Korea. Ehehehe

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Luck Yeah 1 year ago

This thread is a serial killer's dream

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Luna Kittenwarrior 1 year ago

This is disturbing in the best way.

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Daria B 1 year ago

My skin every winter in Korea.

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Wayward Peach 1 year ago

This is as pretty as It is odd 🤗😍

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Melody Lanzatella 1 year ago

I LOVE THIS ONE!!

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Mr. Bojangles 1 year ago

This makes my head spin just looking at it

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Rebekah 1 year ago

Amazing.

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Mr. Bojangles 1 year ago

This one hurts to look at

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Mr. Bojangles 1 year ago

Is the diamond ring made with make up too?

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Lara B. 1 year 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 1 year ago

Winter is coming!!!

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Cristina Fraser 1 year ago

Magnificent

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Sorai Jordan 1 year 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 1 year ago

You crack me up!!!😂

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Luna Kittenwarrior 1 year ago

Nightmares for sale! Get your nightmares here!

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Leo von Herrmann 1 year ago

That's one hard facepalm

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SiYuan 1 year ago

This looks really cool!

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Debra Starr Moon 1 year ago

She makes my brain hurt. But so fascinating!

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Luna Kittenwarrior 1 year ago

Life to death.

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Karen Nomura 1 year ago

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

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Luck Yeah 1 year ago

The model ate my homework

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Luna Kittenwarrior 1 year ago

Furry level: 99999999999999999+

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ispeak catanese 1 year ago

The mouth is so convincing!

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Luna Kittenwarrior 1 year ago

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

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Luna Kittenwarrior 1 year ago

Forget my last comment: THIS looks like the girl from the opening scene of Botched.

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Kathleen Miller 1 year ago

How an ER doc might fix a facial wound!

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Diana Crick 1 year ago

Brilliant

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Hillary Rossell 1 year ago

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

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Tabbi024 1 year ago

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

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Cristina Fraser 1 year ago

I like this one a lot.

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Sara MacFarland 1 year ago

Having a face peel

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Cristina Fraser 1 year ago

Wow

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Cristina Fraser 1 year ago

Wow

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Cristina Sturm 1 year ago

I am groot

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ispeak catanese 1 year ago

Gender and race have been erased!

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Delouch Chua 1 year ago

this will give me nightmares

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Liz dJ 1 year ago

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

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Christy Long 1 year ago

This one is so cute , love this girl!

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Trish Fletcher 1 year ago

Even the cat is freaked out

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Christine Aspinall 1 year ago

This one is gorgeous!

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Sorai Jordan 1 year ago

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

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Filip Piękny 1 year ago

nice moustache... i mean lashes... um....

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Linda Sellers 1 year ago

Melody thinks ice cream and I think motor oil, lol.

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lasagna's underrated 1 year ago

Nightmares for days

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Grace Mercier 1 year ago

Scrambled face

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Grace Mercier 1 year ago

This one really messed with my brain

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Tabbi024 1 year ago

those little eyes at the bottom hahaha

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Amanda Harker 1 year ago

This is subtle and yet very powerful.

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Tabbi024 1 year ago

this looks really gross eww haha

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Amanda Harker 1 year ago

You could swear that is a mask.

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Sherri Mantooth Bagwell 1 year ago

Crazy!!!

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Jeremy Beutler 1 year ago

SHUT YOUR FACE!

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ispeak catanese 1 year ago

Looks like mehndi (sp?) and a Maori facial tattoo to me

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Dominique Barrager 1 year ago

Split personality 👸🏻

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Debbie Gifford-Tuttle 1 year ago

She could make a into in Hollywood horror movies!

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Taryn Wallace 1 year ago

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

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Krista Leary 1 year ago

Now THAT'S a unibrow

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Christy Long 1 year ago

Split personality!

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JP Goss 1 year ago

"I'm telling you. That doll is alive!"

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ispeak catanese 1 year ago

Pinterest Melted Crayon craft.

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Joseph Barnett 1 year ago

Picasso!

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Lisa Greene 1 year ago

Wow!

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Linda Sellers 1 year ago

Her talent is beyond measure.

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Lucina Sandoval-Gordon 1 year ago

Like a painting come to life.

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Tabbi024 1 year ago

just wow

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Sorai Jordan 1 year ago

so... she belongs to the faceless (wo)men?

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Janette Murray 1 year ago

While these are different and get your attention, there is no doubt this lady is loaded with talent. A consummate artist indeed, and why not use the face as a canvas? Most impressive.

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