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Bag of Tricks

The Art of Makeup

Mascara Shield & Guide $10
Mascara Shield & Guide

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?

Eyebrow Stencil Kit $3.00
Eyebrow Stencil Kit e.l.f.

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.

Mascara Guides

Almay intense i-color satin-i™ kit
Almay intense i-color satin-i™ kit

Eyeliner Guide

  • Amazon Rosallini Soft Silicone Eyeliner Assistant Aid Guide Makeup Tool by uxcell $2.18

Eyebrow Stencils

Eye shadow

  • 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:

  1. apply the bottom shade from lash line to crease blending upwards
  2. blend the center shade into the crease
  3. 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

11 thoughts on “Bag of Tricks

  1. This is great! I’m going to get a few of them. They aren’t expensive. I use an eyeliner pencil under my eyes but gave up being able to do the upper eye. I like the idea of a stencil for the eyebrows. I often use mascara on my eyebrows. When my daughter was young she tweezed out all of her eyebrows a few times and they never grew back. She tried to pencil them on but they would get smeared so she got them tatoo’d on.The rest of’eye makeup I guess a lot. Then I put on my glasses and examine it.

    1. I’ve been thinking about the tatoo makeup but I’ve not gone any further than thinking about it. I can’t seriously consider the eyeliner tatoos because with my luck my eye would get poked out but the eyebrows would be doable. I love the stencils and got the idea from my mother who used them when I was growing up. Thank goodness for Google.

      1. I think my daughters eyeliner is tatoo’d on, too. It’s always the same, but I’m not sure if they can do something as sensitive as the eye lid.

      2. Actually they can do the top lid but just the thought makes me squeemish. I wish I could summon the courage to do it.

      3. I don’t think I’d have the futs to tatoo my top eyelid either. and when we get really old what will it look like as our eyelids begin to droop? Oh, the horrors!

      4. Hahahaha now that’s funny!!

      5. darn spell check lol!

  2. I am somewhat vision impaired myself and I have to use a 10X magnification mirror – even then I kind of “guess” at anything I can’t do with my glasses on. Add Cerebral Palsy to that equation and it makes makeup application an adventure LOL! I do my best, though. 😉


    1. Yup, I hear you Alicia. Doing our best is the best we can do. Most of what I do anymore is guesswork but I don’t sweat it. Just glad to still be alive and kicking.

  3. Darn! It figures that they would come up with a bunch of gadgets for applying eye makeup. Now that I can’t wear eye makeup. With my glaucoma, it was suggested that I don’t wear eye makeup. I found out that using nonallergenic eye shadow; my eyes turned red. For several days after I stopped using eye shadow; my eyes took several days to clear up.

    1. Yeah, unfortunately you have to be careful. I never stopped using my eye pencil on the bottom of my eyes but the last one I accidently bought was a different brand and oh boy my eyes were on fire.

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