19 Incredible Face Illusions That Will Blow Your Mind

What do you see when you look at these pictures? At first glance, they may just seem like ordinary photos. But take a second look and you’ll see that there’s something strange going on! These are examples of face illusions, which are optical illusions that involve the human face. Our brains are amazing things, and they can be tricked into seeing things that aren’t really there.

In this article, I’ll introduce you to 19 of the best face illusions. These are my personal favorites, and because I could only find low-quality versions of them elsewhere, I went ahead and upscaled them using AI so that we could all enjoy much higher resolution versions of them.

So with that in mind, prepare to have your mind blown!

7 Faces

7 faces illusion

This is a classic example of an optical illusion. If you look at the picture, you will see seven different faces. But if you look closely, you’ll realize that there are only three faces in the picture! Can you spot them all?

11 Faces

11 faces illusion

This is another example of an optical illusion. At first glance, you will see 11 different faces. But if you look closely, you’ll realize that there are only four faces in the picture! Can you spot them all?

After a Few Beers

after a few beers illsuion

This is another famous illusion, where if you turn the image upside down, you can see how men (allegedly) see women after 6 beers.

Coffee Beans

coffee beans illusion

Can you see the face in this illusion? It’s hidden among the coffee beans!

Salvador Dali

salvadore dali illusion

This one is a profile of Salvador Dali and a mysterious woman. If you can’t see the illusion, focus on the head of the woman.

Don Quijote

donquijote illusion

How many faces do you see? This illusion painting by Octavio Ocampo features the face of Don Quijote, but it’s hidden among the other faces in the painting! It’s my favorite of the bunch.

Fight in the Head

fight in the head illusion

Perhaps you’ve seen the legendary St. George before, but did you know that he was also a skilled dragon slayer? This famous painting by Sandro Del-Prete depicts St. George in the midst of slaying a fire-breathing dragon.

Faces on Mars

faces on mars illusion
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‘Faces of Mars’ is one of the most famous examples of pareidolia, which is when our brains see faces in random patterns. This photo was taken of Mars by the Viking 1 orbiter on July 20th, 1976.

The Whole Family

the whole family illusion

This painting by G. H. Fischer is another example of pareidolia. Can you see the hidden faces in the picture? There’s a mother, father, and daughter hidden among the larger face.

The Farmer’s Wife

farmers wife illusion

This is one of the hardest in this illusion gallery. Can you spot the farmer’s wife? You may need to turn the photo upside down.

Faces in the Flowers

This is another example of pareidolia. I’m sure you can see a theme forming here…

faces in the flowers illusion

Can you see the faces in the flowers?

A Face Made of Flowers

a face made of flowers illusion

This is a beautiful painting by Edouard Manet. Can you see the face made of flowers in the center? There’s only one face here, and it’s pretty obvious, but it’s still a great optical illusion.

Rubin’s Goblet

rubins goblet illusion

This is one of my favorite face illusions. It’s called ‘Rubin’s Goblet’, and it was created by the Danish artist Vilem Rubin. Can you see the hidden faces in the picture?

A Woman and Her Child

a woman and her child illusion

This rocky outcropping at the edge of a lake in Norway looks like a woman holding her child. If you’re having trouble seeing it, focus on the point where the reflection meets the edge of the lake.

The Old Woman/Young Woman Illusion

young woman old woman illusion

This is a famous face illusion that has been around for many years. Can you see the old woman or the young woman? You can’t see both at the same time!

Forever Always

forever always illusion
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An old couple embracing each other, this painting by Octavio Ocampo is a beautiful example of an optical illusion. Can you see the hidden faces in the painting?

The Saxophone Player and the Woman

saxaphone woman illusion

This is another classic that you may recognize from elementary school. Look carefully and you’ll see both a woman and a saxophone player and a young woman.

The Bending Soldier

soldier bending illusion

This is a great example of an optical illusion. It’s called ‘The Bending Soldier’, and – depending on how you look at it – shows a soldier staring off into the distance, or a man bending over to stretch.

The Spirit of the Woods

spirit of the woods illusion

This wooded grove by Sandro Del Prete looks like it’s teeming with spirits! Can you see the hidden faces in the trees? Hope you’re not too stumped by this one.

Closing Thoughts

Face illusions are a great way to trick your brain, and they’re also a lot of fun. I hope you enjoyed this gallery of some of the best face illusions out there! Thanks for looking.

Did you find all of the faces? Which one was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time, keep on trickin’ your brain!




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