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.

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N G
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3 years ago

How is this even possible, they're amazing

Rhonda Root
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3 years ago

speechless!!!! That would be so cool to wear on Halloween

Miriam L
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3 years ago

That's creepy and more than a little gross, but as I look closely to see just how she made it all work, I am beyond impressed. Upvotes!

Anna Jordan
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3 years ago

Agree!! Just think how she could use her talents for others!!

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Lori Wilson
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3 years ago

Can't even tell where the hair actually stops and her real body begins!

Flinkie
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3 years ago

Wow. That's amazing! :0

FABULOUS1
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3 years ago

Wow, just wow! Good should, creepy and amazing.

Kate Swartz
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3 years ago

What what what amazing <3

Shane Ellis
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1 week ago

this looks about trevor hendorson level realistic

François Kolb
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1 year ago

Magnifique!.Bluffant de réalisme.Bravo et salutations de Suisse.

Fatih Öngel
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1 year ago

evden eve nakliyat https://www.ofisnakliyat.com.tr/evden-eve-nakliyat

Leigh Webb
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2 years ago

amazing but how much

Tina McMillion
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2 years ago

Awesome

Lotta Åberg
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3 years ago

If you like this, you should check out a young Swedish artist. Go to photos on her FB page, "Beyond bold and beautiful". Amazing! Personally I'm a big fan of her early work, scroll down on her photos. All of them is of her and she takes the pictures herself... Unbelivable

Lotta Åberg
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3 years ago

If you like this you should check out a young Swedish woman on her fb page "Beyond Bold and Beautiful" and go to photos... Amazing!

Della VanNeste
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3 years ago

I wish I new how to do this. You can't hardly see he nose!

Aldis Rapsys
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3 years ago

Would still hit that.

Irina Tamminen
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3 years ago

awesome

Toby Jones
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3 years ago

I love the make-up and the blouse

Rebecca Swarbrick Moore
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3 years ago

Simply amazing

Caroline Gagne
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3 years ago

Good job miss wooo some kick ass talent

Celental Midnight
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3 years ago

OMScary!!!!!!!! And OMCool!!!!!

Susie Ilkenhans
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3 years ago

She is way too terrifyingly talented!!!! 😱 She ought to go into the makeup business for horror movies! 😳

Anna Jordan
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3 years ago

Amazing talent. Just think what she could do for burn victims, or those people with disfigurement due to accident or illness. Her talent could be used for such good for others.

Nikki Diunte
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3 years ago

Awesome!

Eric Loquillano
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3 years ago

oh man, she wins 2017 halloween costume of the year!

lovealways<3
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3 years ago

WOWWWWW

Raquel Bacardi
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3 years ago

She's really talented! I love that her eyes are so fabulous while the rest of her is so terrifying!

Tameka Young
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3 years ago

Awesome!!!!!

Viki Banaszak
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3 years ago

Wow! That is so incredible!

April W
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3 years ago

She should go out like that. 😂

Tigger O
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3 years ago

All I can say is ... I'm very glad this woman is no longer teaching. Talented she may be, but I wouldn't want her near any of my children.

Charles Laster
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3 years ago

There's a Dali painting similar to this!

BlueJean Yogini
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3 years ago

Your ready for FACE OFF !!!!!

Lisa Greene
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3 years ago

Wow! I'm gobbsmacked!

John Mccann
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3 years ago

What can I say but brilliant ✝💋

Vivi Tesler
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3 years ago

Scary !! ?(

Adam Lewis
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3 years ago

AWSOME

Charles Laster
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3 years ago

Holy wow!

Michele Levin
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3 years ago

WOW LOVE IT

Janine Wilson
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3 years ago

Being awestruck needs no words..

Tina Browne
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3 years ago

this lady has a great job in the film industry or theatre world even the fashion world would pay lots of money for this type of effects on their top models. Hope she gets recognised for her talent

Lorraine Lau
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3 years ago

Oh wow are you good!

Amanda Harker
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3 years ago

Wow that's freaky!

Laura Zaini
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3 years ago

OOOHHHH

xxxBBxxx
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3 years ago

love this! :3

Molly Block
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3 years ago

She should be employed by a major motion picture outlet as a cosmetics prop creator---- she could make millions! Of dollars! Wow, skillfull and amazing.............. I bet her kids win the best halloween costome ever year!

Mr. Bojangles
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3 years ago

Very creepy! It'd be cool to see her do this from head to toe!

Aimeé Lee
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3 years ago

This is f****** incredible

Luck Yeah
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3 years ago

I can't even look at this

Rob Leijerweerd
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3 years ago

Main file, bit by bit more mind

Melody Lanzatella
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3 years ago

I have seen MANY exceptional make up artists, but you are hands down, the best I have ever seen.

Community Member
3 years ago

Yuch!!

Jonnie SeventyOne
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3 years ago

Really good but with a little help from Photoshop.

Nick Cifonie
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3 years ago

This...

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Luck Yeah
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3 years ago

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

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Issy
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3 years ago

Parseltongue :D

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Harvey Tydeman
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3 years ago

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

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Melissa Apple
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3 years ago

This one is really creepy

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Luna Kittenwarrior
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3 years ago

Cutieception

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Luck Yeah
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3 years ago

Showing her asp

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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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Daria B
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3 years ago

My face every summer in Korea. Ehehehe

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3 years ago

This thread is a serial killer's dream

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Luna Kittenwarrior
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3 years ago

This is disturbing in the best way.

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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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Melody Lanzatella
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3 years ago

I LOVE THIS ONE!!

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Mr. Bojangles
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3 years ago

This makes my head spin just looking at it

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Rebekah
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3 years ago

Amazing.

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Mr. Bojangles
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3 years ago

This one hurts to look at

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3 years ago

Is the diamond ring made with make up too?

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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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Cristina Fraser
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3 years ago

Magnificent

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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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Luna Kittenwarrior
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3 years ago

Nightmares for sale! Get your nightmares here!

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Leo von Herrmann
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3 years ago

That's one hard facepalm

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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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Luna Kittenwarrior
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3 years ago

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

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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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Cristina Fraser
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3 years ago

I like this one a lot.

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Sara MacFarland
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3 years ago

Having a face peel

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Tabbi024
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3 years ago

Oh wow.

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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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Cristina Sturm
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3 years ago

I am groot

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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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Christine Aspinall
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3 years ago

This one is gorgeous!

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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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Filip Piękny
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3 years ago

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

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Linda Sellers
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3 years ago

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

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3 years ago

Nightmares for days

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The Pessimist
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3 years ago

Hair?

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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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Amanda Harker
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3 years ago

This is subtle and yet very powerful.

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