Makeup artist here and here, but she deserves all the attention because her optical-illusion makeup looks keep on blowing people’s minds.

Hundreds of YouTube videos and thousands of tutorials, none of them help when I try applying makeup every day. I manage, somehow, well enough to not get called out.

And then there are artists like Mimi Choi, who create optical illusions with makeup. That’s right, she literally makes all the designs with cosmetics, on her face. She gains inspiration from people’s art, such as surreal paintings from artists and her own experiences during sleep paralysis.

Mimi Choi is a Vancouver-based professional makeup artist. She creates intricate, surreal makeup looks inspired by other people’s art, surreal paintings from artists such as Salvador Dali and her own experiences during sleep paralysis that Mimi herself experiences from time to time. These vivid hallucinations fuel her imagination and add an additional layer to the creepy artworks.

Here are some of Mimi’s ‘artworks’, taken from her Instagram handle.

Take a look at her newest works below and let us know if any of these made chills run down your spine.

1. What sorcery is this?

2. This one looks terrifying. 

3. What the hell?

4. This is where my mind gave up.

5. Monday morning face.

6. These eyes are painted.

7. These too.

8. Best way to win rock-paper-scissors. 

9. I’m lovin’ this.

10. Bored, panda?

11. Peeling the skin off.

12. She knows the pond like the back of her hand.

13. Layers stitched together.

14. That’s an eye.

15. Can’t tell where her actual features are placed.

16. The perfect Halloween look.

17. Melting face.

18. Tongue in eyes.

19. Not your usual way of having ramen.

20. Is this even real?



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