Glamming it up in 5 Easy Steps

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

I wrote the following article for another group and I wanted to share it here.

I read an article in the New York Daily News the other day about a 7-year old girl (Kailee Freitag) who was denied entry to a carnival kiddie ride without adult supervision due to what the ride operator felt was a ‘medical condition’. The article stated that “…unidentified employee stopped her and demanded that Freitag accompany her on the attraction, according to the mom.” Kailee, who has previously enjoyed rides at amusement parks like Disney World, is blind. A 20 minute confrontation ensued between Kailee’s mom and the employee with the end result being Kailee was permitted on the ride for one solitary spin after the operator pulled the other children off.

It’s always sad when people are discriminated against and while this subject is a topic for discussion at another place and time I felt it important to start with what could possibly be a misunderstanding. Many people do not comprehend blindness or vision impairments simply because they haven’t had exposure or enlightenment on the subject. Let’s face it, those of us who are living with blindness or vision impairment are in the minority and it’s up to us to shed the light. This is why I was so thrilled when I was approached to write an article on makeup for blind and vision impaired women.

I began wearing makeup when I was in my late teens and it wasn’t until I was in 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.

Brows, Eyes, Lips
Brows, Eyes, Lips
Completed Look
Completed Look

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 vision it was challenging using some of the cosmetics to which I was accustomed however I found ways to adapt and I want to share the 5 easy steps I use.

Step 1 – In the first photo collage my face has been cleansed and I’m prepared to apply my concealer. I have dark circles under my eyes and the concealer while it doesn’t remove them it does help to minimize the appearance. 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 Sheer Cover 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 to my satisfaction 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 that I picked up from Sally Beauty Supply although in the summer I tend towards lighter shades of nude, corals and pinks.

One final recommendation I like to make is operate on 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.

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” ~Mary Engelbreit

Author: Steph McCoy

Hi I'm Steph, a businesswoman, style setter, blogger, and abilities crusader who breaks the myth that “blind people can’t be fashionable.” “It’s about walking boldly with confidence, transcending barriers and changing the way we perceive blindness”

9 thoughts on “Glamming it up in 5 Easy Steps”

  1. 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.


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      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.

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  2. 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.


  3. 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??

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    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).


  4. 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.

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    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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