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Glamming it up in 5 Easy Steps

Bare Face, Concealer, Foundation
Bare Face, Concealer, Foundation

I began wearing makeup in my late teens and it wasn’t until my early twenties that I went to my first professional makeup consultation. At this visit, I picked up some tips on makeup application and cosmetics appropriate for my skin.

Fast forward 30+ years later I’m now legally blind, use a white cane, and I still wear makeup and dress stylishly. When I began losing my eyesight doing makeup was challenging, however, I found ways to adapt and want to share 5 easy steps.

Step 1 – In the first photo collage my face has been cleansed and I’m prepared to apply my concealer. The concealer helps to minimize the appearance of dark circles under my eyes. Since the skin under the eyes is very thin and fragile I gently pat on the concealer with my fingertips until it is evenly blended.

Step 2 – I use mineral foundation because I find it very easy to use a foundation brush to apply, the coverage is excellent, and it isn’t heavy. To apply I simply dip my brush into the minerals, tap off any excess, then in a circular motion I apply to all the areas of my face. The third picture in the first photo collage shows my face after the concealer and foundation application.

Step 3 – Since I still have limited vision and I’ve been wearing makeup all my adult life, I am able to use eyebrow stencils to enhance my sparse brows. After I’ve filled them in I use a brow brush to soften the look. The first picture in the second photo collage shows my completed eyebrows.

Step 4 – I have small eyes and liner makes a huge difference in my appearance as it opens the eyes. I use a dark blue kohl eyeliner pencil to outline the eyes along the lash line. This is one of those adjustments I had to make because I was no longer able to use liquid eyeliner but with patience and a lot of practice I learned how to line my eyelid. After I apply my eyeliner I use black mascara only on my upper lashes as I haven’t been able to master putting it on the lower lashes without looking like a raccoon.

Step 5 – The final step is applying lip color. In the final photo, I am wearing a bright red lipstick although in the summer I tend towards lighter shades of nude, corals and pinks.

One final recommendation is the KISS (Keep It So Simple) principle. Makeup, like art, is a form of self-expression and makeup application can be learned by anyone desiring to explore this art form.

10 thoughts on “Glamming it up in 5 Easy Steps

  1. […] with the lip palette, I got a new lip and brow brushes, eyebrow stencils and, heaven help me, false eyelashes. I’m quite confident in using everything except the […]

  2. Just like your commenter Glenda, I never really go into makeup myself. I do appreciate it on others, though. I have very little idea how it works or what is involved, but it’s clear you can put it on very well.

    Incidentally, good luck with your laser operation. I’ve actually know several people who have had minor laser surgery on their eyes and all of them have been very pleased with the results.


    1. Thank you so much Bun. I had a laser surgery for a retinal tear a few years back that thank goodness saved some of my vision so I’m very optimistic that this one will get rid of the haze.

      1. Oh, I’m glad to hear that you’ve already had some experience with it. I know it can sound a very scary idea, but it really seems to be very effective. Anyway, best of luck with the surgery. Hopefully, it will be very effective.

  3. Reblogged this on Bold Blind Beauty and commented:

    Hi All, since it is getting more difficult for me to work on my computer in view of my recent vision loss issues I decided to reblog or repost a few previous articles. As I mentioned two weeks ago I will be having YAG laser surgery on the affected eye in early November and the expected prognosis is good. I’ve swapped out some of the products that were mentioned when I originally wrote this article but I still follow the same steps.

  4. […] right, feeling good about yourself doesn’t require a major overhaul. On makeup check out my post Glamming It Up In 5 Easy Steps where I talk about the simplicity of my makeup routine yet I get great […]

  5. That was a really sad opening and made me think how often something like that happens that’s totally not made public. What a shame. Anyhow I am very happy to hear you give mineral foundation a good review. I never trust all the raves I see about it online but I definitely know you are honest! And beautiful too. Darling, you look….magnificent. Aha…. Thought I would say marvelous, didn’t ya? ;-). Ps do you know why I don’t get any results from using tea bags and/or cucumbers on my puffy eyes like they all seem to in the magazines? Or is that a sham too??

    1. Hi Steph, Thanks for stoppping by and for your comment. Yes, I do like Sheer Cover and Bare Minerals (I tried a mineral foundation by Avon that didn’t work out so well but I think it had more to do with the coloring. Funny you should mention puffy eyes because I’m going to write a post on a product I just discovered and I’m on day 4 so we’ll see how it goes. I don’t believe most marketing ploys although tea bags and cucumbers would be great if they worked maybe it’s dependent on the individual. Stay tuned for what I find out on my puffy eye remedy (fingers crossed).

  6. Thank you for this. I have never really got into makeup. My idea of makeup is a sheer foundation, and a red lip. With biweekly appointments to have my eyebrows threaded. You look pretty and not over done.

    1. You’re welcome Glenda, thank you for the compliment. Yeah, years ago I used to wear blush, eye shadow, the works and as my time got to be more important to me I began letting some of these things go. I have to get better at getting my eyebrows done though because they are so sparse I don’t take them seriously enough but when they are waxed it really does make a difference.

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