Makeup has come a long way since the days of young girls experimenting with different shades of red lipstick. Now you have seasoned professionals and inspiring artists who are sharing the best makeup tricks and ideas you could ever imagine.
One of them is Vancouver-based artist Mimi Choi, who is taking makeup application to a whole different level. The 31-year-old recently made waves online for her makeup optical illusions that are sure to mess up your mind. Check out some of her amazing works below.
Mimi Choi: Canadian Makeup Artist Creates Optical Illusions on Her Own Face
Some people say that the human face is the best blank canvas an artist can ask for. And it looks like Mimi Choi could not agree with this saying even more. The talented artist has been using her face as a canvas for years, and the Internet is finally taking notice.
But before discovering her makeup talents, Choi had worked as a pre-school teacher for three years. She quit shortly after her job left her feeling unfulfilled. In order to challenge herself, Choi turned to the collection of makeup brushes she had stored at her home.
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Mimi Choi wasn’t exactly a makeup novice. She had done bridal makeup for some clients and received a lot of good feedback for her work. Her first attempt with show-stopping makeup looks began when she started to experiment with black and white eyeliner. The rest, as they say, is history. The budding artist then decided to sharpen her skills even further by enrolling at Blanche Macdonald, a local college that specializes in beauty.
Choi sticks to paint brushes as her primary tool of choice. But those attempting to create a masterpiece of their own, you don’t have to fret, as a lot of her products can be found in anyone’s makeup stash! Multiple accounts have it that Mimi Choi steers clear of special effects products. For example, the “shoelace quadruple eye” look above didn’t require any professional makeup products. Choi used Suva Beauty Hydra Liners, NYX Cosmetics Liquid Liners, Makeup Forever Eye Shadows, and House of Lashes Knockout Lashes.
“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’ work too much and challenge myself to produce original, unique work,” the Instagram star told Allure. “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.”
To create her mind-blowing 3-D looks, Choi carefully sketches freehand with brow pencils. She finishes the look by strategically creating shadows to make her skin appear like it is popping out or receding back into the body. This might be a little tricky for the average person, but once you get the hang of it, the results are all worth it.
Today, Choi works as a full-time makeup artist. Her intricate looks, whether done on herself or on a model, takes about five hours to make. She shares a few helpful tips on her Instagram page, which now has more than 300,000 followers.