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about Mimi Choi

People think she has photo-shopped her images, but it seems that Mimi Choi doesn’t really need any filter to create her amazing faces. She just needs a pallet of make-up and a brush. Mimi trained as a teacher and worked in a pre-school for three years before leaving to work as a face-painter: “I felt like my creativity was suppressed. I enjoyed teaching but I wasn’t completely happy. I needed a new challenge”.

So, she started experimenting with her make-up brushes in the bathroom, at home, where she lives with her retired parents Don Lei, 57, and dad Jacob Choi, 60. Enrolling at a local beauty college, Mimi learnt about innovative ways of doing make-up, from prosthetics to themed events: “It felt like it was too late to change my career, but my mum was so supportive that I realised it was ok”.

Born in Vancouver, Canada, Mimi spends hours perfecting everything from a face smashed into pieces to freaky fancy dress: “My face is a blank canvas, where I can practice my art. People have said ‘that’s not real’ or ‘it can’t be make-up’ but it is real. I spend hours doing this. I’ve always been arty and had done bridal makeup before, which people really liked. I’d not done anything as crazy as the work I do now, though”

Today, Mimi is teaching other people make-up skills at the college where she learnt her craft.

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