By Luke Kenton
This incredible makeup artist’s surreal creations are guaranteed to bend your mind, as she uses her own face as a canvas to create creepy photo-realist illusions.
Having only got into makeup artistry five years ago, 32-year-old Mimi Choi has become quite the online sensation for her stunningly detailed and surrealist creations.
From transforming herself into a panda to a hamburger, Mimi’s diverse designs have taken on many forms during her four years as a professional, but in her latest series of illusions the results are far more mind-altering.
Appearing to have multiple eyes and eyebrows in a kaleidoscopic pattern or even pixelating the entirety of her face, the Vancouver-based artist conjures up some truly breathtaking creations using only makeup and her face, which can take anywhere between three- to five-hours.
Showcasing regular works on her Instagram page, @mimles, Mimi, who takes inspiration from her lucid dreams, said: “After a career as a pre-school teacher, I decided to pursue my passion in makeup.
“I got into illusion make-up when I was a student, trying my first creative look in Halloween 2013.
“After a really positive reception on social media, I realised how much I could achieve with just a few pieces of make-up and was motivated to continue on from there.
“Whenever I feel inspired, I can start creating immediately.
“I draw inspiration from everything in my environment including patterns, sounds, shapes, angles and textures.
“These things really evoke emotions in me and I try to translate them into my art work – I’m also inspired by the surrealist artwork of Dali.
“Another source [of inspiration] is the sleep paralysis I suffer from, in which I experience vivd hallucinations right before I wake up.
“These can be frightening but I choose to use it to fuel my creativity.
“I teach masterclasses, lead demonstrations and collaborate with various companies on campaigns.
“I show case all of my work on my website – I think people really enjoy the humour of my creations, because I don’t take my art too seriously.”
To see more of Mimi’s work, please visit: www.mimichoimakeup.com