And you thought you had makeup skills when it came to covering up that blemish.

Moscow photographer Alexander Khokhlov and makeup artist Valeriya Kutsan teamed up to create the most fascinating optical illusions we’ve ever seen crafted with makeup by using the models as canvases for eye-catching play with colour, shape, contour, and depth.

The series is called 2D or not 2D and is the latest collaboration from the pair who have previously spoofed characters from Angry Birds, among other things. This series aims to take the three dimensional canvas of the models’ faces and create 2D images over top of them, and they’ve succeeded admirably. Take a look below.


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  1. Catarina Spade Reply

    Makeup is a really underrated medium, think about the time and energy that goes into makeup for movies to completely transform people. It is about time it got some recognition as art

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