Mimi Choi is a professional makeup artist from Vancouver, Canada. She became famous because of her unique illusionary work.
She has more than 600k followers on Instagram and she continues to create surreal makeup looks inspired by paintings from artists such as Salvador Dali, and her own experiences of having vivid hallucinations during sleep paralysis. These frightening visions have inspired many of her distorted looks.
Before discovering the art of makeup, Choi was an educator and worked in a pre-school for three years. Now, she leads various masterclasses at Blanche Macdonald and she’s also a freelance art director for several campaigns and collaborations with brands like MAC, Make Up For Ever, Samsung, and many more.
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This is #makeup • SMUDGED — Inspired by the swirls of a #thumbprint 👍🏼 • Our minds — they are good at seeing what our hearts wish were true. #distortion ___________________ Used @makeupforeverofficial @makeupforeverca Flash Case, @mehronmakeup @mehronuk Paradise Face & Body Paints, @bennyemakeup Diverse Matte 18-Color Foundation Palette, and @nyxcosmetics @nyxcosmetics_canada lippies for this. Took 2.5 hours.
INCEPTION VIDEOS • Just thought some of you might want to see this in movement. Turn off sound if you don’t want to hear my cringy voice. I was loopy AF. ______________________________ This look was done using @bennyemakeup Diverse Matte Foundation 18 Color Palette, @kevynaucoin Skin Enhancers, @kryolanofficial Aquacolor, @kryolanuk Matte Natural Variety Eyeshadow Palette and @makeupforeverofficial @makeupforeverca Flash Case. Inspired by the digital artwork of @franknitty3000.
This is #makeup • ME INSIDE OF ME —— people are more of what they hide than what they show. #johnspence —————————————————————— Thank you @maccosmeticscanada @maccosmetics for the entire collection of Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics! 😱 Wearing “In Retrograde” on my lips. Used MAC Fluidline Pen on eyes. ✔️ Inspired by the beautiful drawings of my talented friend @miles_art. #maccosmetics #maccosmeticscanada #macretromatte
DON’T BE UPSETTI EAT SOME SPAGHETTI 🍝🍝🍝 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼________________________________________________ Products — Spaghetti & meatballs: @kryolanofficial Aquacolor and @makeupforeverofficial flash case • Beauty: @anastasiabeverlyhills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette, @nubounsom Serengeti lashes, @kevynaucoin Skin Enhancer, @makeupforeverca Artist Face Color and Aqua Brow. • This concept was suggested by @andrewy527. #makeup
This is #makeup —— KALEIDOSCOPE 👁👃🏼👄🤪 • Used @makeupforeverca @makeupforeverca Aqua Black and Artist Color Shadows, @kryolanofficial Aquacolor, @bennyemakeup Diverse Matte HD Foundation Palette and All-For-One Lip Color Palette for this. ___________________________________________ 💥 LIVE DEMO AT IMATS NY SAT APRIL 14th AT THE MAKE-UP ARTIST MAGAZINE BOOTH 💥 • Get your tickets at IMATS.NET • Looking forward to hanging out with you guys! ❤️ @imatsofficial @makeupartistmag @michaelkeyreal ____________________________________________ So before I could attempt to wake @andrewy527 up, he came downstairs and ruined my plan! 😤 He still looked at me like 😳 but it’s not the same as getting him when he’s sleeping. Oh well. This only means that the Universe wants me to get him with a creepier one.
This is #MAKEUP • I choose to think that the ball is rolling upward. ⬆️🏐 SPIRAL HEAD #illusionmakeup done at @letsubahotel because Paris is no place to be a basic bitch. Used @makeupforeverofficial @makeupforeverca Artist Color Pencils, HD Foundation Palette and matte eyeshadows for this. Took 1.5 hours. Waiting for @andrewy527 to wake up to this face. Inspired by the surreal photography of Igor Morski.