Sliced face, sushi hands: Make-up artist creates bizarre optical illusions on her body

Mimi Cho, a 31-year-old make-up artist from Vancouver, uses her face as a canvas to create stunning hyperreal optical illusions. Check them out here.

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 05, 2017 16:25 IST
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A 31-year-old makeup artist from Canada uses her face as a canvas to create hyperreal optical illusions, and it’s stunning.(Mimi Choi Instagram )

Using paper or canvas to create art is passé. This 31-year-old make-up artist from Vancouver, Canada, paints stunning hyperreal optical illusions on her face. Yes, she uses her face as her canvas.

A former school teacher, Mimi Choi tests her limits by creating make up looks that are so bizarre they come across as impeccably photoshopped images at first glance. Taking optical illusions to the next level, Choi’s Instagram page is filled with images of sliced faces, zippered hands, flipped out eyes, shift make-up and hands converted to ‘fresh sushi’ - all created with a brush and make-up.

The artist’s impressive work has gone viral on Instagram, helping her gain over 280,000 followers.

What is the inspiration behind Choi’s stunning art? “I think the reason why it works is because I literally force my ideas to happen in real life. I try not to dismiss an idea just because it seems too crazy or impossible to achieve - I try anyway. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but that’s ok!” reads one of the captions on her pictures.

Choi’s art is also her way to cope with anxiety. “For those of you who suffer silently from anxiety and panic attacks, that overwhelming feeling of fear, helplessness and’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,” she writes.

“Every little project that I do teaches me something new so I’m always gaining from it no matter what. I usually come up with silly ideas when I’m feeling sleepy at night, and sometimes I’ll write them down so that they won’t slip,” Choi adds.

The look that has earned Choi most praise is the ‘sliced and shifted face’. What’s the key to achieve this trick art? “I use the colour black to mimic space and depth, and light colours to highlight edges to create the illusion of height, volume and separation.”

Presentation is as important as execution, says Choi. “Clicking a photo and video at the right angle is crucial in creating an impactful illusion. If you truly understand the concept of highlighting and shading, I believe you can create anything on any canvas!”

Here is some of Choi’s art:

First Published: Aug 05, 2017 15:47 IST