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
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3 years ago

How is this even possible, they're amazing

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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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2 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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Luck Yeah
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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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Mr. Bojangles
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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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Tabbi024
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3 years ago

this looks really gross eww haha

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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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ispeak catanese
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3 years ago

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

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Dominique Barrager
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3 years ago

Split personality 👸🏻

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Debbie Gifford-Tuttle
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2 years ago

She could make a into in Hollywood horror movies!

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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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Krista Leary
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3 years ago

Now THAT'S a unibrow

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Christy Long
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3 years ago

Split personality!