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In a way, we all use makeup to trick the eye, slathering on creams and powders to play "now you see it, now you don't!" with our imperfections. But Vancouver makeup artist Mimi Choi is taking things to a whole new level by using makeup to create mind-boggling optical illusions that will confuse and impress the hell out of you.

Check her out:

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According to her recent interview with Allure, Choi is a former school teacher who has only been doing makeup professionally for the past three years. Although she often uses makeup that you probably have at home (eyeliners, eyeshadows, etc.), she turns to paintbrushes to achieve the more intricate details in her complex looks.

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This is #makeup | GIRL YOU GOT ME TWISTED 🌪 #crosseyedbeauty ____________________ An extension of my twisted/shifted/sliced illusion makeup using @nyxcosmetics kohl liners, eyeshadows and matte black liquid eyeliner. Lips were done using @stilacosmetics "Ricco" liquid lipstick. @katvondbeauty Lock-it foundation and concealer for skin. ____________________ Participate in the #MIMLESORIGINALS MAKEUP CONTEST to get inspired to BE ORIGINAL and create your own signature looks that no other makeup artist has done before! 💥 The winner will be featured on my IG and will receive a selection of my favourite makeup products worth $300CAD+. The contest is LIVE NOW and ends on DECEMBER 31st 2016 11:59PM PST so challenge yourself to create your very own original signature looks. Here are the instructions on how to enter: 1. Follow @mimles on Instagram. 2. Tag at least one person who would be interested in participating in comments. 3. Post your ORIGINAL makeup look with the hashtags #MIMLESORIGINALS and #MIMLES, and tag me in the photo/video so I won't miss it! 4. You can post as many looks as you want but it has to be a BRAND NEW LOOK created for this contest. Tagging old work does not count for this competition. 5. Please state what you're inspired by! No recreations of other makeup artists' work please! 6. Contest is open to EVERYONE from all over the world. Good luck and have fun with this! I am excited and cannot wait to see what you come up with! 💋✨💖 #makeupcontest #makeupcompetition #contest

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Choi told Allure that she looks for inspiration everywhere. Well, everywhere but other makeup artist's Instagrams, that is..

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 artists's work too much and challenge myself to produce original, unique work. My main goal each time I do a new look is to beat myself from yesterday because I'm the biggest critic and competition to myself. It's gotten really hard to impress myself these days but it motivates me to keep trying and doing better.

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If I could go back in time and tell my 20-year-old self anything: it is that terrible things will happen, but they will break you to save you. You will never be as thin or as beautiful as you have always wanted to be, but it is okay because someday you'll realize there are more valuable and attractive things about you than your exterior. The boy who took your hand when you were 19 will ask you to marry him one day. You two will hurt each other and have a lot to learn together in the years to come but don't ever doubt his love for you. Don't be so hard on yourself. You're trying your best and that's enough. You will keep messing up but you're not a disappointment. One day when you least expect it, you will finally find something that you're good at and it will reveal you. You will figure it out in your late twenties so just be patient. Everything happens for the best. Any pain will eventually fade no matter how unbearable it seems to be at the moment. Always be a positive energy. Treasure every moment because it could be the last. Tell people that you love them. Make decisions out of hope and not your fear. Your parents will tell you things that you don't want to hear but they are actually right. Family is the most important. You can be happy if you choose to be. You will eventually love yourself. You will be alright. x ____________ BROKEN • A #brokenface makeup #illusion using @makeupforeverofficial @makeupforeverca Aqua lip liners, Aqua XL pencils, artist shadows, Aqua brow and @velourlashesofficial "Whispie Sweet Nothings". All #makeup, no Photoshop.

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But Choi doesn't just restrict her insane makeup skills to her face. She also often uses her hands and arms as canvases as well.

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In other news, I am still trying to figure out how to put on liquid eyeliner without painting my eyeball black.