Break Through Illusion: learn to create perfect illusion with makeup 

by Emily F. April 23, 2020
Well, this is going to be A treat - I think it’s high time we talked about more than a glam look. After all, all makeup artists are creators in nature and learning to execute creative looks is a must if you want to be called a true PRO. It doesn't mean that you necessarily have to do illusion, just that a more intricate, not commercial makeup style would open you bigger doors and get more high paying clients. However, all comes down to your level of artistry.


Don’t be intimidated - yes, it takes work, practise, but nobody says that you’re going to be a Michelangelo or Mimi Choi since day 1. They haven’t done it in a day either. However, if you want to hear them say it (it’s too late for Michelangelo, though) - there will be an interview with Mimi at the end of this article. In the meantime, let’s cover our basis with this 2 question FAQ.
However, it is truly hard to put a pinpoint, where it is just illusion since this art form is based on skill and imagination. You can literally do anything like: face manipulations, transferring real life objects on your body, recreating graphic optical illusion etc. Here are a few examples done by the illusion makeup megastar, Mimi Choi.
As for the technique, well to master this - you have to get your drawing going strong. And for that you must get these art basics under your belt to understand how to construct a look that would be a riddle in itself. We handpicked 3 art techniques that will allow you to unleash your creative genius.

Rule #1 - Drawing in perspective

Perspective can be a tricky tool to master, but necessary to create a believable 3D painting, landscape or graphic illusion. It is all based on a vanishing point theory where things appear bigger up close and smaller when far away, vanishing at some point. We all view the world from some point and our vanishing point differs from where we stand - that’s why we can see different objects on the horizon when our eye level position differs.
What does this mean in illusion makeup? If you’re doing a vanishing point based illusion, it’s not that difficult. First, you’ve got to set up your eye level or camera (spectator) for the final result. Then determine the vanishing point on your face and apply the perspective rule when painting your look.

To master the perspective, however, first practise on paper working with 1, 2 or 3 vanishing points and then recreate your drawings on the face. For some people understanding of perspective comes quite naturally, others have to practise first.
However, to point out the not so obvious - MUA's also practise perspective perspective doing everyday makeup, e.g. doing eyebrows or drawing wings, although it is much easier since done in 2D:


Learn the rest of these jaw-dropping illusion techniques with megastar MUA Mimi Choi!

Sign up for a Mimi's virtual makeup masterclass "Master  surreal makeup" and learn what it takes to create mind blowing illusion makeup, so you can wow the world!
Plus receive an ultimate step-by-step PDF guidePDF certificate and product list!

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Break Through Illusion: learn to create perfect illusion with makeup 

by Emily F. April 23, 2020
Well, this is going to be A treat - I think it’s high time we talked about more than a glam look. After all, all makeup artists are creators in nature and learning to execute creative looks is a must if you want to be called a true PRO. It doesn't mean that you necessarily have to do illusion, just that a more intricate, not commercial makeup style would open you bigger doors and get more high paying clients. However, all comes down to your level of artistry.


Don’t be intimidated - yes, it takes work, practise, but nobody says that you’re going to be a Michelangelo or Mimi Choi since day 1. They haven’t done it in a day either. However, if you want to hear them say it (it’s too late for Michelangelo, though) - there will be an interview with Mimi at the end of this article. In the meantime, let’s cover our basis with this 2 question FAQ.
However, it is truly hard to put a pinpoint, where it is just illusion since this art form is based on skill and imagination. You can literally do anything like: face manipulations, transferring real life objects on your body, recreating graphic optical illusion etc. Here are a few examples done by the illusion makeup megastar, Mimi Choi.
As for the technique, well to master this - you have to get your drawing going strong. And for that you must get these art basics under your belt to understand how to construct a look that would be a riddle in itself. We handpicked 3 art techniques that will allow you to unleash your creative genius.

Rule #1 - Drawing in perspective

Perspective can be a tricky tool to master, but necessary to create a believable 3D painting, landscape or graphic illusion. It is all based on a vanishing point theory where things appear bigger up close and smaller when far away, vanishing at some point. We all view the world from some point and our vanishing point differs from where we stand - that’s why we can see different objects on the horizon when our eye level position differs.
What does this mean in illusion makeup? If you’re doing a vanishing point based illusion, it’s not that difficult. First, you’ve got to set up your eye level or camera (spectator) for the final result. Then determine the vanishing point on your face and apply the perspective rule when painting your look.

To master the perspective, however, first practise on paper working with 1, 2 or 3 vanishing points and then recreate your drawings on the face. For some people understanding of perspective comes quite naturally, others have to practise first.
However, to point out the not so obvious - MUA's also practise perspective perspective doing everyday makeup, e.g. doing eyebrows or drawing wings, although it is much easier since done in 2D:

Learn the rest of these jaw-dropping illusion techniques with megastar MUA Mimi Choi!

Sign up for a Mimi's virtual makeup masterclass "Master surreal makeup" and learn what it takes to create mind blowing illusion makeup, so you can wow the world!

Plus receive an ultimate step-by-step PDF guide, PDF certificate and product list!

Click Learn more button