Alexander Khokhlov, a Moscow-based photographer, and makeup artist Valeriya Kutsan partnered to create “2D or Not 2D”, a fascinating photo series that consist of real 3D faces that were made to look flat. Bored Panda says that “the designs are amazing – some of them soften or break down the face’s lines, while others reinforce them or create unnaturally perfect patterns.” Continue reading for more.

According to Khokhlov, “Valeriya used different techniques of face painting so you can see a lot of variations – from sketch and graphic arts to water-colour and oil-paintings. This is a combination of interesting make-ups, studio photography experiments and careful retouching.”