Makeup tends to get a bad rap these days. Yes, we use it primarily to conceal what we perceive as flaws and perhaps our society has become a little too dependent on it. However, when makeup is used for artistic purposes, it can be seriously and jaw-droppingly impressive.
Think about all those Hollywood blockbusters that have seen Tinseltown’s most beautiful residents transform into unsightly monsters, demons and mythical creatures. Well, much of this is thanks to the hard work and conscientiousness of professional makeup artists. One woman who certainly knows how to wow people with her makeup skills is 31-year-old Vancouver-based Mimi Choi. She is a professional makeup artist who works primarily at events such as weddings, however, her newest makeup project is anything but ordinary. Using her outstanding makeup abilities, she has turned her body into a work of art. She recently uploaded a series of impressive snaps on her Instagram page creating a series of body-related illusions including a faceless illusion and a melting face illusion. Mimi says of her ambitious project, “My face is a blank canvas where I can practise my art.” She has said that she spends up to five hours applying the makeup on herself! In order to create the illusion, she uses an array of different kinds of makeup without any help from Photoshop or other editing tools.
“People are shocked,” she said in an interview with HuffPost. “Some don’t believe that it’s done with just makeup and no Photoshop was used, so I also posted a video collage of it.” Mimi has opened up about her struggle with anxiety and panic attacks on her Instagram page. Posting the photos on her Instagram allows her to express herself and her creativity and share it with others.
Mini had always had an interest in art and creativity and she would often experiment with her makeup in her parents’ bathroom. She had no idea, however, that she would one day perfect her makeup skills to such an extent that she would be able to turn her entire body into an optical illusion. The Canadian makeup artist has since accumulated 317,000 Instagram followers who are eagerly waiting for more of her mind-boggling Instagram posts. Mimi Choi is a remarkable woman considering what she has been able to achieve with a few strokes of a makeup brush. There are many people who have worked as makeup artists for years who wouldn’t be able to create such awe-inspiring works of art. I don’t know about you but I’ll definitely be following her on Instagram, and seeing what else she has in store for us…