We've seen makeup artists transform themselves into different people and recreate famous paintings on their skin, all through the power of cosmetics. And 31-year-old makeup artist Mimi Choi is taking it even one step further.
FACE ON CRACK 🔥 Same same but different. 👹Another version of my BROKEN FACE makeup #illusion using @makeupforeverofficial @makeupforeverca Aqua lip liners, Aqua XL pencils, artist shadows, Aqua brow and @velourlashesofficial "Whispie Sweet Nothings". All #makeup, no Photoshop. If 2016 was 3/10 bizarre, 2017 will be 6/10. #fleekface #toomuchcoffee
While Choi takes on clients for wedding makeovers and simple glam looks, she's definitely most notorious for the crazy cool optical illusions she creates on her face using everyday makeup in a slightly different fashion.
This is #makeup 🐜🐞🕷• I'm genuinely sorry to those of you who are disgusted by #creepycrawlies. 🙊 This was what I wanted to do after dinner tonight to curb my egg tart cravings and it worked. Used @stilacosmetics black and brown stay-all-day liquid eyeliners, @kryolanofficial Aquacolors and @suvabeauty hydra liners for this.
So guys, I might have fractured my ribcage from coughing too hard for real. 😑 I didn't know that was possible but I guess it is. Going to get it checked tomorrow... Bye 2016, you lowkey ratchet. ✋🏼 _______________________________________________ Melty melty • Last image of my "WARPED" MAKEUP ILLUSION using @suvabeauty hydra liners, @nyxcosmetics @nyxcosmetics_canada liquid eyeliners and @makeupforeverofficial @makeupforeverca Aqua lip pencils. Lashes are @velourlashesofficial "Lash in the City" #bnw
Formerly a school teacher, Choi has been working with makeup for three years now to master her unique craft. Although, in a way, she's definitely still a teacher to her dedicated followers!
And while she does use a paintbrush to perfect her makeovers, there aren't any special effect products or crazy Photoshop edits that get her to the final product. It's all makeup that most of us have already stashed away in our cosmetics bag--she just takes it to an entirely new level.
She told Allure, "When I do illusions now, I draw my inspiration mostly from my surroundings, photography, paintings and emotions. I try not to look at other makeup artist's work too much and challenge myself to produce original, unique work."
That probably explains why we've literally never seen anything like these trippy looks!
How I feel after several episodes of sleep paralysis. 💤😖Does anyone here experience it regularly like I do? It's the scariest thing ever. I swear I struggled for at least 15 minutes last night before I could wake myself up. 😿 _______________________ LACE UP Final look 👟👁🎀 • Shoelace quadruple eye #makeup illusion using @suvabeauty Hydra liners, @nyxcosmetics @nyxcosmetics_canada liquid eyeliners, @makeupforeverofficial @makeupforeverca artist eyeshadows and @houseoflashes "Knockout" false lashes. All makeup, no Photoshop.
FRESHY FRESHHH 🔪💦 All my fishy creations so far. 🐟🍣🦐 Not responsible for broken phones. 😝 I painted all of these on my own hand using @kryolanofficial Aquacolors, @suvabeauty Hydra Liners and @stilacosmetics intense black stay-all-day liquid eyeliner. What sushi do you want to see next? #salmonsushi #ebisushi #alaskaroll #fish #handpainting
These are just a few of the insanely cool collection of illusions Choi has created. Check out her Instagram account (@mimles) and YouTube channel to watch her transform! We seriously cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.
SWIRL FACE 🌪😮🌪 An #opticalillusion makeup done using @suvabeauty Hydra cream base in "Dark Humor Matte" and @stilacosmetics matte black eyeshadow for shading. ______________ Coughing so hard these days that I dream of someone swinging a frying pan into my throat to stop that annoying tickle. 😭 If you know of any remedy that relieves dry coughs quickly, please let me know because I'm about to chop my head off. 😷⛏
This is #makeup not Photoshop • LAYERED FACE #makeup illusion using @makeupforeverofficial @makeupforeverca flash palette, kohl liners and @stilacosmetics matte eyeshadows and stay-all-day intense black liquid eyeliner. Nonsensical and unexpected art is my most favourite kind of art. 👹 #MIMLESHALLOWEEN __________________ #mua #makeupartist #mimichoimakeup #mimles #trompeloeil #trickart #surreal #surrealart #surrealism #art #artist #multipleeyes #trippyart #horror #halloweencostume #halloweenmakeup #halloween #wakeupandmakeup #makeupaddict #makeupartistsworldwide #amazingmakeupart #vancouver #vancitybuzz #vancity #extrememakeup #creativemakeup #originalart #makeuptutorialsx0x
My DISGUISE #makeup for @instagram's weekend hashtag project #WHPdisguise. 🌟 It's my first attempt at #camouflage face-painting and it was extremely fun to execute. There was a lot of going back and forth with taking photos to make sure lines were aligned and colours were matching, etc. Will definitely explore and do more of these in the future! 🙌🏼 • Done with @kryolanofficial Aquacolors. All makeup, no Photoshop. 45 minutes.