Mimi Choi from Vancouver used to be a teacher before she quit her job to become a full-time makeup artist. And good thing she did!
She’s specialized in surreal makeup with classic surreal artist such as Salvador Dali as an inspiration. Mimi also experiences sleep paralysis and tries to recreate those hallucinations with makeup.
Check out some of her latest work below and follow her on Instagram for more.
Me watching myself watching others watch me. 👁👁👁 Let go of your self-consciousness by realizing that most people are too busy thinking about themselves to notice what you’re doing. 🧠 This is all #makeup. (Video in story) • Hair by the super cool and talented ➡️ @sabrinafetterkindhair ⬅️ – the red eyes were made out of real hair by Sabrina using gel and hairspray to set, and painted by yours truly • Inspired by an artwork by Lola Dupre ____________________________________________________________ Complexion: @nyxcosmetics @nyxcosmetics_canada Total Control Drop Foundation, @dermablendpro Quick-Fix Concealer and @makeupforeverofficial @makeupforeverca Artist Face Color • Illusion eyes: @kryolanofficial Variety Eye Shadow Compact, @maccosmetics @maccosmeticscanada Chromacake and Acrylic Paint • Freehand red swirls: @suvabeauty Hydraliner “Cherry Bomb” #eyes #androgyny
Don’t let your old demons get a hold of you. 👿💥😈 • Tag a friend who needs to move on. 🙌🏼 This is all #makeup. ___________________________________________________________ Complexion: @nyxcosmetics @nyxcosmetics_canada Total Control Drop Foundation and @makeupforeverca Artist Face Color. • Eyes: @makeupforeverofficial #ArtistColorShadow and @my_loveforlashes “Cornelia” • Lips: @maccosmetics “Flat Out Fab” matte lipstick • Brows: @morphebrushes Brow 8 Palette • Illusion hands: @kryolanofficial Ultra Foundation palette and Variety Eye Shadow Compact • Illusion nails: @maccosmeticscanada “Rebel” satin lipstick and white acrylic paint ||| Inspired by the beautiful distorted sculptures of @johnson_tsang_artist ❤️ – see story for my inspiration.
This is #MAKEUP • COILED – A new version of my RIBBON FACE from 2016. I love redoing old makeup concepts from the past to see how much I’ve improved since! If you want to see a comparison of my 2016 ribbon look to my 2018 version, see my story. ❤️ (Videos of this look posted as highlight.😜) Inspired my MC Escher. _____________________________________________________________ Products used: @cozzette Infinite eyeshadows mixed with matrix mixing liquid, @sauceboxcosmetics Étude palette, @bennyemakeup Matte HD Foundation Palette, @maccosmeticscanada Chromacake, @nyxcosmetics lipsticks.
This is #MAKEUP • You’re not drunk, I’m just #blurry. 💁🏻♀️ • This PIXEL QUEEN getup is perfect for Friday night-outs. Full night of free drinks guaranteed when you wear this out. ✌🏼Used @bennyemakeup “Diverse” Matte HD Foundation Palette, @makeupforeverca Concealer Pencil, @nyxcosmetics lippies and @maccosmeticscanada Chromacake for this. Special thanks to @victoriagbg for the suggestion – she said she saw an actual pixelated photo on IG and thought it was my makeup so I attempted it tonight. 😂 See stories for videos and inspiration. #pixelmakeup
This is #MAKEUP • Tag a friend who hates a TWO-FACED person. • Don’t let your lips and your lives preach two different messages.💡 | This took 1 hour. Inspired by photoshopped mask portraits, see highlights for video and inspiration. ———————————————————————— Products • For the #mask part: @bennyemakeup “Diverse” Matte HD Foundation palette for highlighting, @sauceboxcosmetics “Étude” eyeshadow palette for shading, @suvabeauty “Grease” Hydraliner for definition • For the #beauty part: @kevynaucoin Skin Enhancer, @makeupforeverca Artist Face Color and Artist Color Shadows, @kashalashes “Dazzling”, @beccacosmetics “Champagne Pop” Shimmering Skin Perfector, @maccosmeticscanada “Little Darling” matte lipstick, @morphebrushes Brow 8 palette.
This is #makeup • OH SNAP! 📸👁👃🏼👄 • Throughout these past 2 years, I’ve always been asked this question: How do I deal with people who constantly take from my old concepts without ever crediting me? My answer is to continue to create new and better things so that by the time they think they’ve caught up, I’ve already moved on to the next chapter. Instead of focusing on the negativity you feel when someone copies you, use that energy to motivate you to reach another level. People who constantly take your ideas will always be your shadow. No matter how well they imitate you, they will always be one step behind.💥 _____________________________ POLAROID MADNESS using @makeupforeverofficial @makeupforeverca Artist Color Shadows and Flash Case, @anastasiabeverlyhills Waterproof Crème Color in black, @kryolanofficial @kryolanuk Aquacolors and @kashalashes.
This is #MAKEUP, not a filter or Photoshop. 👅👅👅 Tag someone who is thirsty AF. • My eyes are completely closed here. Video in highlights. ________________________________ MAKEUP SEMINAR IN SAN JOSE WITH @jmakeupacademy on SAT JUNE 16th 1:00PM-6:00PM • I will be doing a live #illusionmakeup demo, sharing my techniques, and answering all of your questions during my class! To register, click link in bio (select J Makeup Academy Lesson Registration in my linktree!). I can’t wait to see you there! 💥 #sanjose #makeupseminar _________________________________ Used @bennyemakeup All-For-One Lip Color Palette, Essential Eye Shadow and Rouge Palette, and @makeupforeverofficial @makeupforeverca Flash Case for this.
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 • SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS ANYONE? 🍝 • Tag a friend who craves carbs all day everyday. 👅💦 Here comes my next round of #food makeup! 🙊 ______________________________ 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.
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
This is #makeup • INCEPTION PORTRAIT • Life is an echo — what you send out, comes right back to you. • Video in stories. ______________________________ 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. ______________________________ P.S. Find my 👃🏼 — Hint: It’s got a lip on it and my nostrils are hidden in a shadow.