The line between illusion and reality can be blurry. Make-up 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 paint illusions 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,” the artist explained.

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

More info: DainYoon.com | Instagram

#1

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Luna Lovegood
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I'm so confused

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Lilli
Community Member
3 weeks ago

my head hurts looking at this

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Hermione Granger
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Love this one!

View more comments

Bored Panda was curious to learn whether Dain was always artistic ever since she was a child and what inspired her to become a make-up 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 makeup and to draw on the body of actors of plays,” the artist revealed some details about her education.

#4

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

bryguy
Community Member
3 weeks ago

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

View more comments
#5

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Just another Day In The Glade
Community Member
3 weeks ago

W...what??

View More Replies...
View more comments
#6

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Annabelle Fonseca
Community Member
3 weeks ago

selfies back in 1800s

View more comments

“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 painting 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.”

#7

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Wow she's a ghost. This is amazing and beautiful!

View more comments
#8

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Tara Hermon
Community Member
3 weeks ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

How Terribly Unfortunate
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Wow.

View more comments

According to Dain, it can take her anywhere from 3 to 12 hours to finish a single piece of art.

“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.

#10

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Himanshu Raj
Community Member
3 weeks ago

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

View more comments
#11

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

bLaCk WiDoW
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I wonder how long it would take to get all this makeup off...

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I had to look at this one real good.

View more comments

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.

#13

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Lilli
Community Member
3 weeks ago

omg the eyeshadow is stunning!

View more comments
#14

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

bLaCk WiDoW
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Looks like a failed drawing I woulda made with the lopsided face XD

View more comments
#15

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
3 weeks ago

She's a good ghost.

View more comments

“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!

#16

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

estimaate
Community Member
3 weeks ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#17

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Hi
Community Member
3 weeks ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Ilona
Community Member
3 weeks ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#19

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

How Terribly Unfortunate
Community Member
3 weeks ago

This is actually really cool tho

View more comments
#20

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Goli Soda
Community Member
3 weeks ago

My head hurts!

View more comments
#21

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

MacDudu
Community Member
3 weeks ago

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

View more comments
#22

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

bLaCk WiDoW
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I like the touch on the hair

View more comments
#23

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Tardis42
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Such a great movie!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
3 weeks ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#25

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

UnicornHuman
Community Member
3 weeks ago

when your old computer doesn't load fast enough

View more comments
#26

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

MacDudu
Community Member
3 weeks ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#27

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Raphael Biock
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Hmm....eye see.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#28

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Tara Hermon
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Wha...?

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#29

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Maureen Peters
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Gorgeous, great job!

View more comments
#30

Optical Illusion

Dain Yoon Report

Bora Temizsoy
Community Member
3 weeks ago

She is so talented, beautiful and capable! Stunned!

View more comments

Note: this post originally had 54 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.