The Art of Makeup
Last Monday I said that I would spend the next couple of weeks talking about makeup application. The art of applying cosmetics for the vast majority of women takes a certain amount of patience and skill. Few of us are born with the natural ability to use makeup as an art.
For most of my life I was able to skillfully apply my makeup and even with my vision loss, because I had my technique down, I could still manage using some of my cosmetics. Some I could no longer use and I had to make special adjustments for others. As I was going through this process of altering my makeup routine I would oftentimes wonder how I could make it an easier procedure.
Technology is amazing and I can’t help but be awe-inspired with some of the most recent advances. Take for example smart phone technology; who would have thought that blind/vision impaired people would ever be able to take part in being able to navigate touch screens?
And how about 3-D printing? Just when I thought there was nothing better than puffy paint (3 dimensional craft paint commonly used on t-shirts) someone invents a 3-D printer of which we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of its capabilities.
In view of some of these miraculous inventions, I was wondering hmmm, why can’t we employ some of this same thinking towards makeup for blind/vision impaired women? Of course this is way beyond my scope of knowledge but what if we could create some makeup products that would make application a little easier for those of us who like wearing cosmetics?
Makeup Bag of Tricks
Until such products are developed I found a few that can aid in helping with eyebrow, eye shadow and eyeliner makeup that I wanted to present for your consideration. Eyeliner, eye shadow and eyebrow makeup can be very challenging to use after vision loss but not impossible. I got so excited over some of these items I couldn’t wait for today to come so I could share my findings with you.
- www.eyeslipsface.com e.l.f. Studio Mascara & Shadow Shield $3.00
- Amazon Upper Lower Lash Mascara Applicator Guide Eyelash Comb by uxcell 69 cents
- www.aswechange.com Mascara Shield & Guide $10
- www.sephora.com Fall in Line Brow Stencil Kit $12.00
- www.eyeslipsface.com e.l.f. Essential Eyebrow Stencil Kit $1.00
- bethbenderbeauty.com Smokey & Cat Eye Liner Stencils a la Carte $17.99
- Almay intense i-color kit
For many years I used liquid eyeliner on my upper lash line however after my vision loss I found it difficult to apply and have not been using any liner in this area. I do use a liner pencil on the lower lash line and I’m going to look for a different type of pencil for the upper area because I think the pencil will be a little easier to use without making a mess.
I have not used the mascara or eyeliner guides but since they are very reasonable I will give them a try and let you know my opinion. Eyebrow stencils are a great help for filling in sparse brows like mine or creating a new look with a different eyebrow style.
The Almay intense i-color kits are very cool because they are shaped like an eyelid and the 3 colors are situated as you would apply to your own lids in the following 3 steps:
- apply the bottom shade from lash line to crease blending upwards
- blend the center shade into the crease
- sweep top shade on to brow bone to highlight
As I’ve previously stated it takes considerable patience to perfect a makeup regimen but if you keep at it and solicit feedback from a close friend or relative in no time at all you’ll develop your own technique.
If you haven’t done so yet Vision Aware Makeup Application After Vision Loss contains very useful information.
Hopefully next week I’ll be able to give you my insight on some of the guides referenced in today’s post.
Chat again soon.
“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” ~Yves Saint-Laurent