I s this real life, or i s it j ust make- up? Find out how the talented Mimi Choi and Aiman Shahiran blur the lines between fantasy and realit y.
Make- up goes to new heights with these MUAs
Got stable WiFi and a f ew beauty bits? Congratulations , you too can be a par t of t he beauty ‘ i nfluencer ’ community. While we can t hank social media f or democratising beauty and f uelling much- needed conversations surrounding i mportant topics l i ke diversit y, we have also reached peak saturation point of similar hauls and warm- toned eyes. I t t akes extraordinar y skills and genuine creativit y to stand out ; t wo t raits Mimi Choi (@ mimles), a Vancouver- based make- up ar t i st and Aiman Shahiran (@ f l ackitsman), a homegrown beauty i nfluencer have i n spades.
Mimi’s abilit y to create 3D l ooks t hat t r i ck t he eyes i s all at once shocking and breathtaking. From hands made to l ook l i ke edible sushi to a f ace t hat appears to be removed by l ace, some of her l ooks appear as t hough t hey ’re straight out of a dream. And t hey are. Kind of. “I have sleep paralysis which f uels my creativit y. I t ’ s a condition where my body i s asleep but my mind i s conscious. When I go t hrough an episode, I experience vivid hallucinations which can of ten be f r i ghtening,” she explained. “However, I choose to use t hese visions as i nspiration and t hey have l ed to some of my more morbid creations l i ke my sli cedf ace and melting- f ace l ooks. I ’m grateful t hat I can use t his to f uel my creativit y.”
For 19 year old Youtuber Aiman Shahiran, an i nterest i n make- up stemmed f rom a l ove of ar t and a curiosit y f or special ef f ects make- up. His work , with all i t s blood and gore, may make you squirm. That ’ s how you know i t ’s good. He cites his ‘ King of Marine Monsters’ l ook as one of his proudest moments — t he mermaid- i nspired l ook represented Malaysia f or t he NYX Face Awards l ast year.
For t unately, he prefers to keep t he drama to his make- up.“I miss t he t i mes t he beauty community was all about doing make- up f or t he l ove of i t and t here was no drama. Just support your l ocal ar t i st! ” he mused. As f or Mimi, she hopes her l egion of f ollowers appreciate her i ndividualit y and strive to f i nd t heir own. “I t ’ s great technical practice to recreate a l ook but i t ’ s so much more rewarding to t r y something new and to create your own t rend! ” Amen to t hat.