The line between illusion and reality can be blurry. makeup artist Dain Yoon plays around with that very line and uses her face as a canvas for impressive optical illusions that can bend your mind.

“The reason I started to do illusion drawings is that I believe people live in illusions. People perceive everything in their own subjective way,” Dain said in an interview with Bored Panda. “My illusions distort reality and perception that are generally shared by most people.”

“A lot of people seem to think illusion means tricking people into something but I don't think of it that way. I don't think of illusion necessarily as trickery but a wider concept. I think that anything that seems slightly different from its original form could be an illusion or take you out of the illusion you're living in,” professional makeup artist explained.

Scroll down for the rest of the interview, upvote your fave eye tricks, and drop us a comment somewhere below with your thoughts about Dain's body art. You can read Bored Panda's previous article about Dain's art right here.

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Bored Panda was curious to learn whether Dain was always artistic ever since she was a child and what inspired her to become a makeup artist.

“I have always enjoyed painting since I was very young, and, frankly speaking, it was what I was best at. I attended Yewon Arts Secondary and Seoul Arts High School, graduating at the top of my class. These art schools are the most prestigious in Korea. After I got into art college, I studied scenography. I had a chance to design theatrical and special effects makeup and to draw on the body of actors of plays,” the artist revealed some details about her education.

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bryguy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine seeing this in public? I'd have to keep blinking thinking my contacts were distorted

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“However, after participating in theatrical makeup and costume, I felt a strong need to do my own creative work, not being part of a play,” she said. “So, for my personal artwork, I began doing makeup looks on the bodies of several models. A little later, I decided to draw on my own face because the face is the most strong and sensitive part of the body where I can deliver the delicate emotions I so seek to convey.”

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Tara Hermon
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Impressive but creepy. Imagine seeing someone with this makeup strolling down a road

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According to Dain, it can take her anywhere from 3 to 12 hours to finish a single makeup idea.

“The first step is conceptualizing ideas. This takes the longest. The last step always depends. If I paint myself and want to record this as a digital photo, this recording would be the last step. If it is a performance, then doing the actual performance would be the final step in the creation of the work,” she elaborated.

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Himanshu Raj
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I ever see her live I'd think she might be phasing interdimensionally.

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In Dain's opinion, all new make-up artists shouldn't be afraid of failing and getting back up again: “Make sure to go through many trials and errors. Because you will never know until you've tried it.”

The artist told us that she tried out many different part-time jobs until she combined the parts she liked best into one united whole.

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“Since I was a freshman, I've done many part-time jobs that I was interested in: stylist, teacher, graphic designer, film assistant, movie makeup, theater makeup, musical costume, model, etc. After I did many part-time jobs, I mixed all those together that I enjoyed doing. It really helped me to find my own art style.” So never be afraid of taking on a new challenge and experimenting, dear Pandas!

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estimaate
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had to do a double take. This is incredible talent!

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Hi
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I got even more confused when I tried to count the hands

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Ilona
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine going somewhere looking like this! The double takes people would do

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Marlene Ricker
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is amazing. Makes me wonder what the people around her thought when they saw her!

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MacDudu
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One hand is real with a painted eye, the other eye is her real eye with a painted hand!

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Quinn Adaire
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is the hand painted on or is the hand painted onto the face? Confuzzlement.

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

... and this material is why a make-up artist charges what they do!

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UnicornHuman
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

when your old computer doesn't load fast enough

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MacDudu
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why are the whites of her eyes so bloodshot? Or is she wearing contact lenses? That would be dedication!

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Bora Temizsoy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is so talented, beautiful and capable! Stunned!

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