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Surrealist Makeup Artist Creates Trippy Effects Using Her Face as a Canvas

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Instagram, YouTube, and other social media sites have made it possible for makeup artists to show us their talent.

Some makeup artists focus on glamorous looks, special effects, or colorful combinations. Others, such as Dain Yoon, do something that’s more like high art.

Yoon focuses on creating optical illusions on her face. She told Bored Panda,

“The reason I started to paint illusions is that I believe people live in illusions. People perceive everything in their own subjective way.”

So what does she mean by illusions? And how does she create these with makeup? Scroll down to see her artistry at work!

10. Eyes Within Eyes

Dain made this for the New York Times, to show how teens deal with technology and self-creation.

9. Pixelated

This almost looks like it was made on Photoshop.

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Resillusion

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8. Block Face

Yes, this is Yoon. Watching her talk with this look is a treat.

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My appearance on @BusinessInsider is now live! Check out the full video on my signature paintings, collaborations and inspiration as well as a time lapse of my art from start to finish! Link in my bio.

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7. A Gorgeous Painting

Maybe Dain’s face can’t be put in a museum, but this photograph belongs in a gallery.

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Falling Angels

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 6. Casually Eating a Pizza

This may even seem normal in some parts of New York City.

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What is your favorite type of pizza???

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5. Simple, Yet Effective

This small heart makes a huge impact.

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? is..

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4. Watch the artist work.

The video is incredible.

3. Her hand is also a canvas.

It’s obvious she’s a skilled painter.

2. She is a solar system.

Yoon has an incredible imagination.

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let me hug you

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1. She is also a sunset.

Yoon has a deft hand.

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Nothing lasts forever ?

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Yoon’s work has attracted attention from the NYT, Business Insider, and other major media organizations – and for good reason. You can check out more of her work here and here.

In the meantime, what did you think of Yoon’s unique makeup skills? Is there a look that stood out to you? Feel free to share your reactions in the comments.