Makeup Can Make Optical Illusions to the Next Level- No Photoshop

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If you need proof that makeup is an art form all its own, look no further than 31-year-old Mimi Choi’s Instagram.

Featuring a variety of the makeup artist’s trippiest and most impressive work, her photos will absolutely blow your mind and totally change your perspective on what makeup can do to a face (or a hand). Perhaps most notably, Mimi’s work takes optical illusions to the next level — and what she’s able to achieve with products most people already have in their makeup bags is pure magic.

 

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🕷 Let's take a moment and be grateful that spiders can't fly. 🙏🏼 • #SPIDER lip art using @nyxcosmetics Matte black liquid eyeliner, white eyeliner and Vivid Brights "Fire", @makeupforeverofficial @makeupforeverca flash case, and @stilacosmetics "In the Know" eyeshadow palette. Used @katvondbeauty Bow N Arrow liquid lipstick as the base. The insect on lip idea was inspired by the talented @girlgreybeauty. Thought for a long time before posting this one because I am not too happy about how it turned out — the shading and precision is off, and I dislike how unrealistic it looks but that only means I have lots of room for improvement! 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 #mua #makeupartist #mimichoimakeup #spidermakeup #makeup #motd #spiderlips #lipart #nyxcosmetics #makeupforever #stilasummer #stilacosmetics #3dart #handpainted #surrealism #surrealist #art #artist #drawing #spiderdrawing #spiderpainting #painting #vancouver #lips #amazingmakeupart #wakeupandmakeup #design #makeupartistsworldwide

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“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,” she 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.”

Mimi went on to tell the publication that some of her more intricate looks can take her up to five hours — and it’s fair to say all that hard work definitely pays off. Check out a few more of her incredible looks below, and for more, follow her on Instagram right here.

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This is #makeup • |PANIC| For those of you who suffer silently from #anxiety and #panicattacks. That overwhelming feeling of #fear, helplessness and desperation. It's hard to breathe. You feel nauseous and dizzy. Your fingers and feet start to tingle. You are terrified. You feel like you will die. Then it subsides but comes back out of nowhere. It will get better and you will be okay. SUFFOCATION MAKEUP ✋🏼 using @nyxcosmetics black gel pencil liner, @makeupforeverofficial @makeupforeverca kohl liners + flash case & @kryolanofficial V3 matte natural eyeshadow compact • inspired by surrealistic photography #mua #makeupartist #mimichoimakeup #surrealism #facepalm #motd #panic #illusion #illusionmakeup #makeupillusion #surrealist #surrealistic #art #artist #illustration #amazingmakeupart #drawing #painting #nyxcosmetics #makeupforever #kryolanofficial #vancouver #creativemakeup #creative #style #design

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Really missing those late-night leisure painting sessions. 😑 Can't wait for them to happen again once October hits. 💥 ______________ ✖️ SLICED + TWISTED 🔪💉 ✖️ This is #makeup • This sliced and twisted handpainted #illusionmakeup was done using @thekatvond @katvondbeauty Lock it foundation and concealer as base, @suvabeauty hydra liners, @morphebrushes 35C eyeshadow palette and @kryolanofficial primary color wheel. 💖 ______________________________________________ #mua #makeupartist #mimles #mimichoimakeup #illusionmakeup #trippy #art #artist #trompeloeil #surrealism #creativemakeup #amazingmakeupart #makeupartistsworldwide #suvabeauty #hydraliner #morphemakeup #horror #horrormakeup #halloweenmakeup #wakeupandmakeup #vancouver #vancitybuzz #vancity #art #artist #makeupaddict #makeupjunkie #halloweencostume #halloween

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This is #makeup | Help me find my face again and I'll make you chocolate chip cookies. 🍪😫 ______________________ Puzzle face makeup using @katvondbeauty Lock it tattoo foundations and concealers, @suvabeauty Hydra Liners, @stilacosmetics Stay-all-day intense black eyeliner, and @makeupforeverofficial matte eyeshadows. ______________________ Started painting at 11:30PM without direction and ended up with this puzzle face thing. It's nice to create spontaneously again without any real goal in mind. It's this type of creating that gives me the most satisfaction. 😽 __________________ #mua #makeupartist #mimichoimakeup #mimles #halloweenmakeup #halloweencostume #motd #creativemakeup #trippy #trippyart #surrealism #surreal #art #artist #darkart #amazingmakeupart #wakeupandmakeup #makeupartistsworldwide #vancouver #vancity #nyxcosmetics #katvond #lockitrevolution #suvabeauty #makeupaddict #eyedrawing

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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

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