Makeup artist Mimi Choi created 3-D lip art of a snake using her freehand skills and two key products, both brow pencils.
By Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, Allure
If you haven't seen Mimi Choi's epic special-effects makeup on Instagram, we're strongly suggesting that you click "follow" ASAP. One of her latest creations, 3-D lip art of a snake, hits that perfect spot between being oh-so creepy and so freaking cool we can't look away. The 31-year-old Vancouver resident, who has amassed more than 220,000 Instagram followers to date, has created quite a bit of mind-bending (or lip-bending) artwork, so you'll know that she's no newbie to the special-effects scene — 3-D lip art or otherwise.
[post_ads]According to her post on her latest reptilian creation, Choi created the 3-D lip art by freehand sketching (no stencils here). And while her lips are likely glazed with a pinkish-nude gloss as a base, Choi actually created the snake using not one but two brow pencils — another reminder that just because a beauty product is made for something specific doesn't mean it cannot find an alternative use (but please keep any possible allergies top of mind). Specifically, she worked with Make Up Forever Brow Pencils in 40 and 10, and used the line's N50 brow pencil to add dimension and shading.
But this is just in a day's work for Choi. Speaking with Allure last month, the makeup artist says her "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."
We've reached out to Choi for comment and to figure out how we can also attempt sketching a snake on our lips, brow pencil or otherwise. But in the meantime check out the Instagram below, plus a cool motion art video from her pal where the snake actually moves. Both a little bit American Horror Story and a little bit chic AF, we're game to give this venomous pout a try — at least for Halloween.