Choi explained where she gets her inspiration from in an interview with Allure. "When I do illusions now, I draw my inspiration mostly from my surroundings, photography, paintings, and emotions," she said. "I try not to look at other makeup artists's work too much and challenge myself to produce original, unique work."
Choi posts pictures of her creations on her Instagram account, where she also provides details on where her ideas came from. On this one, she said, "I was baking a cake for my parents and I got annoyed by how my tongue wants to taste everything when I shouldn't, so I decided to paint a tongue."
For this creation, she turned her fiancé Andrew into a husky. Which is perfectly understandable. At one point or another, almost everyone gets annoyed with their significant other and wishes they could be magically transformed into a friendly pup.
Choi says all her pictures are done completely with makeup, not with Photoshop. For this one, you might have to take a hard look to see how she did it. "If you look closely, you will see my features disguised in the black and red paints," she said on Instagram.
Choi said creating this illusion took a full six hours to complete. But afterwards, did he keep on the makeup and then make a trip to the grocery store? Because that's the real question we want an answer to.
When you cry while wearing makeup, there's a good chance your makeup will start running. But sometimes you can cry so much that your whole face starts running as well. It's rare, but apparently it can happen.
However, Andrew's not the only one she transformed into fruit. She also made this one where she revealed that the inside of her head is actually a kiwi. Looks like these two fruit-based people were truly made for each other.
Choi said, "My main goal each time I do a new look is to beat myself from yesterday because I'm the biggest critic and competition to myself. It's gotten really hard to impress myself these days but it motivates me to keep trying and doing better." To see more of her work, check out Mimi Choi on Instagram.