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