Here are 19 of Mimi Choi's best illusions.
Many of us wear makeup on a daily basis or at least used to before we became homebound due to the pandemic. Some of us are really good at applying makeup while others are admittedly not so good. However, recently we came across someone who is insanely talented at the art of applying makeup. Makeup artist Mimi Choi already has a massive following of 1.3 million and looks like she is a force to reckon with. She is a trained teacher and worked in a preschool for three years.
While she enjoyed her job, she wanted to pursue a new challenge. Taking a leap of faith, she started her career in makeup and she transformed her body into artistic and beautiful optical illusions. She has the unique ability to transform her legs into bananas or cactuses and her arms look like sandwiches or hot dogs. In a conversation with Bored Panda, she said, "I've always been into art and makeup since I was a child, but never thought that I could ever make a career out of it."
She continued, "So after graduating from university, I studied to become a Montessori preschool instructor. While I love teaching and working with children, I felt suppressed in a way because I had to dress and act in a certain manner. I found that I would paint intricate details on my nails or doodle at home in the evenings as a sort of creative release. My mom had noticed this for a while and one day, she suggested that maybe I look into makeup school."
Choi mentioned that she received a lot of support from her family and enrolled in a local makeup school called Blanche Macdonald Centre in Vancouver and she fell in love with makeup. She recalled, "During my first Halloween as a makeup student, I decided to try out an illusion look that I had seen online. It was a simple cracked face look and after posting it on Instagram, I received a lot of positive feedback. This encouraged me to explore the illusion genre further and I've been doing it ever since."
Choi believes that there are endless possibilities with makeup and eventually her style evolved into painting more than just her face. Since then, she has painted on her arms, fingers, legs, feet, and body as well. She has even painted on a pregnant belly. She said, "Because my journey to becoming a professional makeup artist is not conventional, I hope my story inspires people to pursue their passions no matter where they are in their lives. I'm proof that to make a career as an artist, you don't need a formal arts education and you don't need to graduate from an expensive art school for child prodigies. Anyone can learn and develop their craft at any stage of their life as long as they have the passion and drive!"
Check out some of her amazing works below and let us know what you think about it.