I never thought I would see the day that I would not be able to see my reflection. Talk about taking things for granted, this was something that was inconceivable and at times downright scary. If you wear eyeglasses, to simulate this experience try spreading some vaseline on your lenses and then look in the mirror. Interesting isn’t it?
If you tried the experiment mentioned above it’s important to remember that this particular simulation does not cover the vast range of vision loss. For example the difference in an individual with tunnel vision varies greatly from someone who has peripheral but lacks central vision.
While many of my fellow baby boomers can possibly relate to changes in vision due to being more seasoned than other populations, for women who have worn makeup most of their lives these changes can be a major pain. Toss in age related vision loss and it can bring you to your knees.
In view of my personal experience with the loss of vision and long time makeup aficionado I’ve been dreaming of the day when someone would invent the “smart” mirror. This mirror wouldn’t just be a device where a person could see their reflection and try on different outfits or makeup, but this one would be audible and totally interactive.
Imagine sitting at your vanity getting ready for a big event. You have all your cosmetics lined up and ready to go. You flip a switch and suddenly you’re greeted with a “hello Ginger, how would you like me to assist you in becoming fabulous today?” You smile to yourself safe and secure in the knowledge that you are in expert hands.
We have the technology and really all it would take is someone with the know-how to put it all together. The mirror would be preprogrammed with data that in turn could be personalized to each individual. It would give explicit direction on the makeup application process and even provide genuine feedback letting the user know that they need more concealer coverage or to re-apply smeared lip color.
I’m pretty confident that we aren’t very far away from this type of universally designed smart mirror which while fulfilling the need within the blind/vision impaired community could also be embraced by the community at large. As a matter of fact in January of this year Panasonic unveiled its prototype at the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show). You can check out the brief article HERE.
Until the launch of a real interactive “smart” mirror I’ll continue plugging along with my current makeup routine. As I’ve mentioned on a number of occasions, the number of cosmetics I use has dwindled over the years and I’m really testament to the “less is more” philosophy. Until last week I only used 6 products consisting of foundation, eyebrow pencil, eye liner pencil, mascara, bronzer and lip color. Last week I added three new products from Sephora described below:
- Concealer | Urban Decay Naked Skin
I got this lightweight concealer to use under my eyes and so far it seems to be working very well. Since my foundation provides sheer coverage I wanted an equally weightless and easy to apply concealer for use under my foundation.
- Lip Liner Pencil | Sephora
I did away with lip liners years ago but wanted to try to see if it would help with feathering. While I wanted a pencil this one is more of a crayon but it fits the bill and the color, “The Red”, is bold and beautiful.
- Lip Color | Sephora
The vibrant lip color “Scarlet Luster”, works beautifully with the lip pencil. I was a little skeptical though because it comes in a tube similar to lip gloss. The color goes on wet then dries to a matte finish but in comparison to MAC mattes this one doesn’t feel as drying but I still use a little vaseline as a top layer to soften.
The last item I got was a sample of Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion because I’ve noticed that my eyelids seem to be more oily these days and it’s especially annoying when I’m wearing my makeup. I didn’t want to invest in a full size product so I requested a sample to try before I buy. I’ve only used it a couple of times but it seems to do what it’s supposed to and this is without eyeshadow. Fingers crossed that it keeps working, I’ll keep you posted.
Full disclosure: I didn’t find out until after the fact the lip liner and color do not appear to be “cruelty free” and the only reason I was pressed to buy them was because of an event I had to attend. Though I prefer online shopping for first time cosmetic purchases, I need to go to the physical store to get a closer look at colors. Perhaps a “smart” mirror could provide the solution for this dilemma?
“Women have two weapons: Cosmetics and tears.” ~Coco Chanel