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Makeup tips for people who have vision problems

When I was 24 years old, I was working as a medical records clerk. Also, I was a freelance makeup artist. A small part of my central vision suddenly disappeared. While my peripheral vision was good, central vision showed blind spots, flashing lights, streaks of light, dark spots and shimmering vision. It was a rare migraine with a visual aura, which I have suffered from since I was 16. My central vision was worsening the day after I woke up. I didn’t know I would be spending the next nine months being prodded and poked before I was finally diagnosed with acute macular retinalopathy, an eye condition that is untreatable.

For a year, I stopped doing my own makeup and only did it for clients. Then, I discovered the beauty community on Instagram and found myself back in my old makeup routine. I was not as skilled and my previous skills did not work in my new low-vision world. A full face took me longer and I was aware that clients would not be able to endure an eight-hour session where I had to start over four times because of my mistakes. My face, my small collection of makeup that I used for my artistry kits, and Instagram were all I needed. I have been blind for eight years and I’ve been using Instagram to do my makeup for almost as long. These are my top tips.

Base Makeup

1. Save your base first.

It can be messy to clean up fallout. Do your eye makeup first so you don’t have to clean up foundation, concealer and contour.

2. Mirrors can be used up-close and from just a few feet away.

A look that focuses too much on the perfect placement or sharp contour of one face area at a given time can make it appear more heavy-handed than intended. People don’t often get close enough to your face in order to notice the small imperfections that magnified mirrors might pick up. To see yourself as someone would, stand a few feet from the mirror.

3. Be open to making mistakes. This is why concealer is so important.

If I apply too much blush or concealer to my face, I will use concealer and a sponge first to gently blot it out, then reapply. Often, the small amount of foundation or concealer left on the sponge after foundation application can be enough to cover or neutralize mistakes.

4. Use clean brushes to blend.

Once I feel satisfied with my foundation, a large fluffy brush is used to finish my contouring and edges. This step requires a clean brush. You don’t need to add any more product. Just blend what you have. To make it easy to keep track of your brushes, place them in a designated area.

Eye Makeup

1. Tape can be used to guide straight edges. However, it should have minimal stick.

As though I was extending my lower eyelash line towards the tail of the eyebrows, I position the tape. Tape that is too sticky can pull at delicate skin around your eyes.

2. A slightly bent tip is a good option for an eyeliner.

Guide Beauty’s Guide Wand is my favorite eyeliner tool. It has a rubber tip. It is made with people with disabilities in mind. The wand has a curved design that allows for precise lining and winged liners. The eyeliner pot can be opened by anyone with a disability that causes hand pain, weakness, tremors or weakness.

Guide Beauty is my favorite brand, but many other makeup brushes brands offer a smaller eyeliner brush with bent tips. This brush allows you to see your lash line better while applying eyeliner.

3. For a cut-crease, use the Crease Piece or a small, round or oval object to serve as a stencil.

Once you have created the base of the cut crease using a stencil, you can use a small paddle brush to finish the shape.

4. Reduce the size of your brushes.

To get a good reflection, magnifying mirrors that I use to do detail work must be held close to my face. My brushes kept getting too close to the mirror and my eyes. Reduce the number of brushes you use for graphic detail work. Sand the edges to create a custom tool that can fit comfortably between your delicate eyes, the mirror, and your fingers.

5. Use magnifying glasses that are specifically designed for makeup application.

Magnifying makeup reader glasses let you apply makeup to one eye using the power of a flip-lens that magnifies details for the second eye.

6. Use eyeshadow shades ranging from the lightest to the darkest color.

A visually impaired person can easily misjudge the amount of product on a brush. You can always add more product later but it’s much harder to remove it once it is on. The lighter colors will blend in better if you apply them first.

7. Use your makeup tools to measure.

Blending my eye makeup unevenly is a problem for me. One side blends better than the other. I found a brush with a length that was approximately equal to the distance between my corner and the edge of the shadow. Then, I use it as a measuring tool to ensure that both sides are symmetrical.

8. Multichrome eye shadows can be applied with a shimmery or glittery finish to achieve a polished look that is quick and easy.

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow, Solstice, and Colourpop Supershock shadow in Sailor are my favorites. Apply a few smears of the eyeshadow with my ring finger on my lid. Then, I blend the edges with a clean brush. Although it takes only two minutes, the final look is stunning and seems to have taken much longer.

Tips for Lip Products

1. Glossy, glitter and satin finishes are the most accommodating to uneven lip texture.

I love adding gloss or glitter to lips that aren’t quite right. These finishes draw more attention to the center and allow for more freedom with the lining. Glossing a lip look will not only draw attention to any uneven texture but also make lips appear more juicy.

2. Do not make yourself more work.

A small mistake can quickly become a big one. It is easier to use a cotton brush to draw the mistake in the middle of the lips than to drag the cotton bud along the lip line. This leaves you with a smaller area to fix.

3. Concealer can also be used to protect the lips.

We are all not perfect at lining our lips and we don’t all have perfectly symmetrical lips. To further enhance my lips, I use concealer with a small angled brush. This is because some people have visual impairments that are not easily corrected by a product designed for precision lining.

Concealer helps to clean up my lips. Cailey Darling

My attitude was the most important change I made in my makeup routine since losing my vision. After being so passionate about makeup for so many years, I worked hard to create the perfect techniques for me. I never would have thought I would need any of these tools today.

I lost my sight quickly and realized that there were many reasons people might need different tools to apply makeup. Accessibility is essential for everyone, not just because anyone can become disabled, but because over a billion people around the world have some kind of disability.

The techniques I’d spent so many years learning on others and myself didn’t fit in my new life, and I had to learn the hard lesson of accessibility. A person can still be an artist and a makeup enthusiast even if they use different products or techniques to apply makeup. Instead, I would argue that those experiences make you more resourceful.

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