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How Outré!

From optical illusions to out-of-this-world makeup, these creatives and their wonderfull­y warped perspectiv­es are changing the way we look at beauty. By Dana Koh

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MIMI CHOI (@MIMLES)

Just as multi-faceted as her illusory works, this Vancouver-based viral sensation and celebrity makeup artist is knocking down traditiona­l notions of beauty

What does beauty me a n t o yo u a n d how does that translate into your work?

I see beauty everywhere, even in things that most people find mundane. I’m fascinated by textures, shapes and patterns, and try to incorporat­e my observatio­ns into my work. I use makeup to express my emotions and while some may see my creations as creepy or disturbing, I think that being authentic and true to myself is a beautiful thing.

What’s your most out-there creation to date, and what was the concept and creation process like?

Most of my looks are warped in one way or another, so it’s hard for me to pick one. My creation process is usually very spontaneou­s and organic. I’ll have a mental image of what I’m trying to achieve and will begin painting on the face without further planning. I avoid overthinki­ng things; I follow my heart and mind. I tend to zone out while painting intricate details; it’s almost like meditation to me—very therapeuti­c. Sometimes, my looks turn out differentl­y from what I envisioned, but that’s OK. I think spontaneit­y creates the most interestin­g art.

In what ways do you think you’re pushing boundaries and inspiring others to do the same?

Rather I than follow trends, paint from within, without worrying about how the result will be perceived. When I do presentati­ons, I talk about the obstacles I’ve faced in my path to becoming a makeup artist, which I hope inspires my students to embrace their fears and insecuriti­es. I also encourage them to step outside their comfort zones and challenge themselves; attempt something new. While recreating looks is good technical practice, it’s much more satisfying to create your own trend.

What keeps you creative and inspired?

My constant desire to create keeps me going. It is a passion of mine and all my interests—nail art, baking, reading poetry, experiment­ing with fashion, visiting museums—seem to revolve around creativity. I’m also inspired by my travels and I truly enjoy immersing myself in the culture of wherever I happen to be. Knowing that my work brings joy to my audience really motivates me to keep on going.

Share with us your makeup and skincare routines.

In contrast to my creative looks, I keep my everyday makeup natural-looking. That means complexion-focused products, false lashes to accentuate my eyes and lots of lip balm. If I’m feeling wild, I’ll swipe on a bold lip colour. Skincare-wise, I keep things fairly simple too: I make sure to remove all the makeup and deep cleanse.

My skin is on the dehydrated side, so I make sure to layer on moisturise­rs often.

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Choi’s makeup looks—think Ezra Miller’s eye-catching Met Gala face—blur the lines between wearing a mask and taking it off. Her memorable creations run the gamut from dimensiona­l dreamlands to a person’s insides, be it bloody or bionic
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