Even though the line between illusion and reality can be blurry, make-up artist Dain Yoon plays around with that very line. She uses her face as a canvas for impressive optical illusions that can bend your mind.
“The reason I started to paint illusions is that I believe people live in illusions. People perceive everything in their subjective way,” Dain said in an interview with Bored Panda. “My illusions distort reality and perception that are generally shared by most people.”
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“A lot of people seem to think illusion means tricking people into something but I don’t think of it that way. I don’t think of illusion necessarily as trickery but a wider concept. I think that anything that seems slightly different from its original form could be an illusion or take you out of the illusion you’re living in,” the artist explained.
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Bored Panda was curious to learn what inspired her to become a make-up artist and whether Dain was always artistic ever since she was a child.
“I have always enjoyed painting since I was very young, and, frankly speaking, it was what I was best at. I attended Yewon Arts Secondary and Seoul Arts High School, graduating at the top of my class. These art schools are the most prestigious in Korea. After I got into art college, I studied scenography. I had a chance to design theatrical makeup and to draw on the body of actors of plays,” the artist revealed some details about her education.
“However, after participating in theatrical makeup and costume, I felt a strong need to do my own creative work, not being part of a play,” Dain said. “So, for my personal artwork, I began painting on the bodies of several models. A little later, I decided to draw on my own face because the face is the most strong and sensitive part of the body where I can deliver the delicate emotions I so seek to convey.”
According to Dain, it can take her anywhere from 3 to 12 hours to finish a single piece of art.
“The first step is conceptualizing ideas. This takes the longest. The last step always depends. If I paint myself and want to record this as a digital photo, this recording would be the last step. If it is a performance, then doing the actual performance would be the final step in the creation of the work,” she elaborated.
Dain’s opinion is that all-new make-up artists shouldn’t be afraid of failing and getting back up again: “Make sure to go through many trials and errors. Because you will never know until you’ve tried it.”
She has tried out many different part-time jobs until she combined the parts she liked best into one united whole.
“Since I was a freshman, I’ve done many part-time jobs that I was interested in: stylist, teacher, graphic designer, film assistant, movie makeup, theater makeup, musical costume, model, etc. After I did many part-time jobs, I mixed all those together that I enjoyed doing. It really helped me to find my own art style.”
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