Makeup Optical Illusions Show That Reality May Be Only Skin-Deep

Just about anyone who has ever begun a creative process from scratch and seen it through to completion has stumbled across Michaelangelo’s recollections of sculpting his Renaissance masterpiece David: he gazed upon the unchiseled marble until he glimpsed the human form imprisoned within. Only then did he take up his tools and carve away everything around it until the figure had been set free.

As you ponder that in the “background” of your thoughts, consider 31-year-old makeup artist Mimi Choi’s Instagram gallery of works sampled here and imagine what a similar modus operandi would entail by her unique hand. Think about looking at a face or hand and working out, in that moment, exactly how to seemingly peel away living skin to reveal such eccentric visions beneath. It really is akin to someone stripping away our visible reality to expose a secret world few would even dream could exist.

“When I do illusions now, I draw my inspiration mostly from my surroundings, photography, paintings, and emotions. I try not to look at other makeup artists’ work too much and challenge myself to produce original, unique work,” Choi explained in a conversation with Allure. “My main goal each time I do a new look is to beat myself from yesterday because I’m the biggest critic and competition to myself. It’s gotten really hard to impress myself these days but it motivates me to keep trying and doing better.”

Source – Mimi Choi’s Instagram

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