I have a passion for make-up and it’s something that I have been interested in for a while now, I’m a girly girl. However, I’m not your average beauty blogger, I’ve only ever done one other beauty post on my blog, but it’s something that I would like to talk about more on my blog so if you have any suggestions of posts that you would like me to write then please do let me know as I’d love to hear your suggestions.
Today’s post is all about how I apply my make-up, I’ll be sharing my blind girl beauty tips and tricks. I know that this won’t appeal to all of my readers, however I do get a lot of questions asking how I apply my own make-up, so I thought I would tell you exactly how I do it.
I’m very lucky that I have an incredible Mum who basically taught me how to apply my make-up, I am extremely grateful to her for taking the time to teach me because it’s not the easiest of tasks.
There is a common misconception that blind people can’t apply their own make-up but this is definitely not the case. It can be a hard skill to master but it’s all about finding methods of application that work for you, keep at it and practice, practice, practice!
I’m not going to lie, there are certain parts of applying my make-up that I find difficult but for the most part, I think I manage it.
I wanted to write a post on how I apply my make-up as a blind person with no useful vision and the methods of application that I use. I’m hoping that this might be useful to some of you.
I wrote a guest post for Scope on beauty, fashion and sight loss, so if you want further tips then go and check that out.
So, without further ado, let’s get into make-up application tips and tricks.
I first start off by applying a primer as this keeps your makeup in place throughout the day.
I Apply a bit on my fingers and rub it in on each section of my face, making sure that I don’t miss any out. I usually start off with my cheeks and go from there.
Oh, how I wish I had clear skin! When I apply concealer, I use my fingers to feel for any blemishes and then I know where to apply the concealer. Once I have found any blemishes, I put the concealer on the blemish. It can often be hard to tell whether blemishes are covered but once you’ve applied it for a while, you get the hang of it. I then blend it in with my fingers if I need to.
Personally, I use powder foundation, it’s basically a powder consistency and find that this works well with my skin and I find it easy to apply as a blind person. This does not mean that I have not tried liquid or moose foundation because I have, I just use this product for every day make-up.
I apply it with a sponge, when doing this, it’s important to know the shape of your face. I apply it to a section at a time, ensuring that I have gone all round my face and making sure that I haven’t missed any out. It can often be hard to know how much to apply, so I count the number of strokes that I need to apply onto each section of my face using the sponge and repeat the process several times.
Once I have done this, I blend it in with a brush.
If you’re wanting to use moose or liquid foundation then the trick to applying this is to put a pea sized amount on the back of your hand, dip the brush/sponge into it, dot the foundation around your face and blend it in by using short quick strokes. If you use moose foundation, then you can do this using your fingers.
It’s important to know where Blusher needs to be applied otherwise it doesn’t look right.
I swirl the brush around in the pot a few times then apply it, I count how many strokes I need to do and do this from memory. For example, I will stroke the brush across each cheek 5 times, then I know that it is evenly applied.
Once I have applied the Blush, I go over the applied area with the brush to ensure that it is even.
Moving onto eyes, these are probably the most difficult part of makeup application for me as a blind person. As I have a visual impairment and have sensitive eyes, I have to be careful what I use on them so don’t like to apply too much product to my eyes.
I prefer to use more neutral colours of eyeshadow such as browns and creams, but that’s just my own personal preference.
When applying eyeshadow, it’s very important to know the different parts of your eye to know what needs to be applied where. For example, the crease is the small gap between the top of your eyeball and the bottom of the brow bone, you can find this using your fingers or a brush.
I tap the brush a few times in the eyeshadow, tap the excess off on the side of the pot and then bring the brush to my eye making sure that I start from the outer corner, I stroke the brush across the lid using gentle strokes, making sure that I don’t go over the crease. I then do the same and repeat the process for the other eye.
Eyeshadow palettes are very popular, although I have one, I do find them quite difficult to use as a blind person as it means memorising where all the colours are in the palette which can of course be done, but it can be quite time consuming.
I’m going to be completely honest, I find eyeliner extremely difficult to apply as a blind person as I can’t see what I’m doing, so I can’t tell whether I have an even line or not, added to the fact that I have very sensitive eyes so when the eyeliner touches my eye it sometimes makes me blink a lot.
I personally use an eyeliner pencil as I find it easier to use.
To apply eyeliner as a blind person, I think the easiest method is to start from the outer corner of your eye and do small strokes until you reach the inner corner of your eye, then repeat the process on the other eye.
Eyeliner can take a lot of practice, so it might be worth getting a sighted person to give you guidance on this.
This can often be quite daunting because oh my, it hurts when you get Mascara in your eye!
However, there are techniques that you can use to make applying mascara as easy as possible if you have a visual impairment.
I find it easier to use a mascara that has a smaller wand so that I have more control when applying it, therefore I use the travel size mascara’s.
When I apply mascara, I hold the wand horizontally and slowly bring it up to my eye, I start at the route of my lashes, I then gently glide the brush along my lashes ensuring that they are all covered.
I start off by applying a lip liner to ensure that my lips are moisturised, and it helps the lipstick stay on much longer.
There are several types of lipsticks, so it’s all about finding which you prefer.
You can apply lipsticks using gentle strokes along your lips, ensuring that both lips are fully covered. Once you have applied the lipstick, rub your lips together. If you feel that there is too much on, then you can remove any excess by folding a tissue, clamping your lips around it and this will remove any unwanted lipstick.
So, there you have it, this is how I apply my makeup independently even though I am blind. This is a basic every day look so if you would like more of a comprehensive guide or any other makeup/beauty tips then please do let me know, I’d love to hear from you.
Do you have any makeup tips? Feel free to leave them in the comments, I’d love to know them.