Makeup Artist Transforms Her Face Into Mind-Bending Optical Illusions

Last year, we introduced you to Vancouver-based Mimi Choi, an incredibly talented makeup artist who uses her own face as a canvas to create jaw-dropping optical illusions. Since then, Choi’s portfolio of facial transformations has continued to grow, with each new look showcasing her expert artistry and limitless imagination. From crazy contortions to trippy textures, Choi’s trompe-l'œil looks are sure to make you do a double-take.

Using a range of liquid eyeliners, eye shadows, lipsticks, and body paint, Choi’s clever creations are often inspired by surrealist artists and photographers. For example, in one piece referencing Matthieu Bourel’s abstract collages, Choi paints her face and neck with layers of mask-like fractures, duplicating her eyes, nose, and mouth. Another, inspired by MC Escher, transforms the artist’s face into a twisted, fleshy ribbon. Other looks include a mesmerizing kaleidoscopic assemblage of life-like eyes and lips, as well as the ultimate homage to the selfie—a photorealistic smartphone painted onto her face. Choi has even turned her face into a soccer ball in reference to the 2018 World Cup.

Choi left behind a job as a teacher around four years ago to pursue her artistic passion. However, she has recently found a way to marry both careers by teaching illusion makeup classes in various locations across the U.S. Follow Choi on Instagram to see more incredible makeup art and to find out where her next class will be.

Vancouver-based makeup artist Mimi Choi uses her face as her canvas to create jaw-dropping optical illusions.

Her growing portfolio of facial transformations showcases her expert artistry and limitless imagination.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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