So, summer may have only just begun, but it's never too early to start thinking about Halloween inspiration right?

Meet Mimi Choi, the Vancouver-based beauty guru taking makeup artistry to the next level.

The 31-year-old uses her incredible makeup skills to create a whole host of intricate optical illusions that'll make you look twice.

“My face is a blank canvas where I can practise my art,” Mimi told Metro.

She creates her masterpieces by using black eyeliner and clever angles to create negative space.

“I hope that my strange creativity can inspire people to think outside the box", she writes on Instagram.


Been doing makeup in front of this mirror inside of my bathroom for more than 3 years now (10+ years if you count those university years when I did my own clubbing makeup, etc) No fancy lights, backdrop or even a chair — I've always enjoyed standing in that little gap between my sink and my toilet and painting away for hours. I like tight spaces, it makes me feel secure. Sometimes I have music on, sometimes my cat sits in the sink and falls asleep while watching me… It's therapeutic. I'll be moving to a new place soon which means that I will have to adapt to a new painting environment. It's both scary and exciting at the same time because I've grown so attached to my old makeup spot. But I'll adapt and maybe it will finally motivate me to invest in better equipments. _________________________ "INCEPTION" #makeup illusion inspired by a photoshopped image of Paul Ryan. Used @nyxcosmetics @nyxcosmetics_canada pencil and liquid eyeliners plus matte eyeshadows for this look. Lashes are all @houseoflashes "Knockout" falsies except for the littlest ones that I had to paint on. All hand-painted, took 3 hours.

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The makeup artist formerly worked as a school teacher but says she wasn't satisified by the job and needed a new challenge. 

“It felt like it was too late to change my career, but my mum was so supportive that I soon realised it was ok”, she told the Metro.


A few of the #makeup illusion pieces that I've done lately • 10 days till the #MIMLESORIGINALS MAKEUP CONTEST ends! Thank you for all the lovely creative submissions so far! Remember to submit by December 31st 2016 if you haven't yet to win $300CAD+ worth of products and get featured! See below for contest rules. _____________ I get it — nothing in this world is 100% original. When I create, I usually get my inspiration from my surroundings — patterns that I see on clothing/wall/architecture, a texture in nature, paintings, photography, emotions, etc, and I try my best not to look at other makeup artists' work to get my ideas. I would like to encourage you to do the same and draw your ideas from different places other than makeup that fuel your imagination! So devour old and new films, paintings, poems, photographs, music and conversations to get your inspiration, and create a makeup look that is authentic, surprises and uniquely your own! _______________ The contest is LIVE NOW and ends on DECEMBER 31st 2016 11:59PM PST so challenge yourself to create your very own original signature looks! Here are the instructions on how to enter: 1. Follow @mimles on Instagram. 2. Tag at least one person who would be interested in participating in comments. 3. Post your ORIGINAL makeup look with the hashtags #MIMLESORIGINALS and #MIMLES, and tag me in the photo/video so I won't miss it! 4. You can post as many looks as you want but it has to be a BRAND NEW LOOK created for this contest. Tagging old work does not count for this competition. 5. Please state what you're inspired by! No recreations of other makeup artists' work please! 6. Contest is open to EVERYONE from all over the world. Good luck and have fun with this! I am excited and cannot wait to see what you come up with! #makeupcontest #makeupcompetition #contest

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She began to practice her skills in her parents bathroom and soon realised her creative potential.

Mimi also operates as a successful makeup artist for weddings and events, but her 156,000 Instagram followers are mostly interested in what jaw-dropping illusion she will come up with next.