Home / Beauty / Make up / This Woman's Optical Illusion Makeup Is Straight Up Insane

Beauty

This Woman's Optical Illusion Makeup Is Straight Up Insane

Pascale Day
By Pascale Day Published on 5 April 2017

There's no denying it: Mimi Choi is an artist unlike any other. The 31-year-old makeup artist from Vancouver has been creating optical illusion beauty masterpieces since leaving her job as a teacher and Instagram is loving it.

From transforming her hand into realistic pieces of sushi to trippy facial optical illusions - including one which looks like her face is literally sliding apart - there's a reason Mimi Choi's artistry is going viral on Instagram. But Mimi hasn't always done makeup - in fact, she trained as a teacher and used to teach at a pre-school for three years before pursuing her dream of becoming a successful makeup artist.

"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," Mimi 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."

She tells the publication that while many of her illusions involve a paintbrush, she also includes everyday makeup in the mix. When she transformed her hands into sushi, for example, she used a combo of Kryolan Aquacolors, Suva Beauty Hydra liners and Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliners.

"I felt like my creativity was suppressed," Mimi says of her teaching job. "I enjoyed teaching but I wasn’t completely happy. I needed a new challenge." So she left her job and enrolled at a local beauty college to perfect her skill. But it wasn't until Halloween that Mimi really let her freak flag fly. "I wanted to do something different for October 31, so I had a look on Instagram and found a photo of a woman who looked like her face had cracked. I’d never tried any kind of crazy make-up on myself, but I just got our my black and white eyeliner and gave it a go. When I showed my mum, she was really freaked out so I posted it online."

Mimi can be found on Insta, posting pics of her freaky creations to her 130K followers. Follow her for awesome Halloween inspo - sure we'll never be able to do it like Mimi does it, but a girl can dream, right? Check out more of her work below.

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.

A post shared by MIMI CHOI (@mimles) on Jan 25, 2017 at 9:19am PST

What do you make of Mimi's makeup illusions? Trippy right? Let us know @sofeminineUK

Liked this? You might also like...

3D Chrome Eyeliner Has Arrived And We Can't Wait To Try It

Ciate Have Created The First Chrome Nail Polish And It Looks Amazing

​​Vampire Fang Nails Are In And They Are Giving Us The Heebie-Jeebies

ByPascale Day

You might also like