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  • Make-up and sight loss : How it works

    You can find an updated version of this post in my article on My Trending Stoires – read it here.

    Hello everyone and welcome back to My Blurred World.

    I hope you’re all doing well.

    Today I wanted to share a post about make-up and sight loss. These are both topics that I enjoy writing about on my blog therefore I thought I’d incorporate both subjects in one post for you today and explain how visually impaired people use make-up and what some of us might do to aid us to make the task of applying make-up easier.

    Applying makeup can be a hard task for anyone at first but imagine how it is for blind or visually impaired people who might not be able to make use of a mirror and have to apply make-up by guess work.

    I recieve many questions about how I apply makeup as a a visually impaired person and many people seem to assume that someone else applies my makeup for me but I can assure you that this is definitely not the case!

    We as visually impaired people learn to adjust certain tasks in our lives to make them more accessible and this includes using beauty products and applying make-up. Yes I will admit that it is a hard skill to master at first and I still struggle with some aspects of it but once you find methods of application that work for you, it all works out in the end.

    I wanted to take today as an opportunity to explain to you how I apply make-up as a visually impaired person and what products I use to make the task of applying make-up easier for me personally.


    (Photo of Real Techniques make-up brushes).

    I’ll start off by talking about the brushes I use, most of the brushes I use are by Real Techniques. They’re an amazing make-up brush brand which are also very affordable, they’re very easy to use and I would definitely recommend them.

    Now onto the make-up itself. Right lets start off with the base, applying foundation was very difficult for me at first as I always struggled to blend it in properly and I couldn’t find a method of application that made sure I was applying the product evenly but after a lot of practice I believe that I have mastered the task to some extent. The method of application that I now use for foundation goes like so :

    1. I first of all apply a small pea sized amount of foundation onto the back of my hand and I then use the Real techniques buffing brush to apply the product to my face.
    2. I apply the product to my face in sections to make sure that I have applied the product all over my face and that it has provided an even coverage. I tend to apply the product to one cheek first and then the other, then applying more foundation onto the back of my hand and applying it once again with the buffing brush onto my forehead.
    3. After buffing the product in with the brush I will then go over with my hands to make sure I’ve blended the product in correctly.


    (Photo of the Real Techniques buffing brush and the miracle complexion sponge).

    Another method of foundation application that I do use sometimes is by using a make-up sponge, I use the Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge as I find that it’s easy to use and it blends the product in seamlessly and provides a nice and even coverage.

    When it comes to applying concealer I use my hands to feel for any blemishes I might need to cover as I don’t always see them in the mirror. I then apply the concealer with either the buffing brush or the complexion sponge but I do sometimes use my fingers, all methods work well for me.

    Now I haven’t ventured into using any other base products such as blusher, bronzer and highlighter as of yet therefore I cannot comment on how visually impaired people use these particular  products but if you wish to find out then there are a number of other amazing blogger/vloggers who make videos and blogs about using makeup as a visually impaired person.



    (The above photos display the Too Faced chocolate bar palette).

    Moving on to eyes, I haven’t yet managed to create amazing eye make-up looks but I am slowly learning to do so. I always tend to use the Too faced chocolate bar palette as it’s easy to locate in my make-up collection due to it’s chocolate bar style packaging. Even though I do place my make-up products in the same place everytime it’s always good to know that I would be able to find this product in my collection just by the sense of touch.

    There are a vast amount of colours in the palette, ranging from neutrals to darker and more colourful shades, they are all very pigmented and I always manage to create a pretty look with the colours included in the palette. I haven’t experienced any fall out with this palette either which has been an issue with other eyshadows I’ve tried in the past. It’s always important to use eyeshadows that don’t fall out (that’s an obvious statement really) but us visually impaired people wouldn’t be able to see if there were any fall out so it’s always better to use a product that you love and trust.

    When applying eyeshadow I make sure not to apply too much product to the brush as I find that it’s better to add product than it would be to take it away if I applied too much. I always tap off the excess before applying the eyeshadow just to make sure that I’m not applying too much product.

    I haven’t yet ventured into using eyeliner either but I’m hoping to do so in the future and once I have I might write another post like this to update you all on any other tips and techniques that I find helpful.

    I am not one to use mascara either as I am lucky to have very long eyelashes that have quite a bit of volume too therefore I don’t find the need to wear mascara but I do occassionally apply a clear one just to add a bit more definition to my lashes. When applying mascara I make sure that I start applying it right at the root of my lashes to make sure I get an even coat. I also find that it’s easier to use a mascara with a small brush as it’s easier to manoeuvre.

    Now onto lips. I don’t usually wear a lot of lipstick as I find it a bit tricky to apply, I much prefer using either a liquid lipstick, a lipgloss or simply just a lip balm as I personally believe that these are much easier to apply than lipstick itself and the colour isn’t as strong which I prefer as I enjoy wearing more of a natural look.

    After completing my make-up look I always make sure to check with a sighted person to make sure that my make-up looks ok just incase!

    In terms of finding the make-up items I want to use I have a place for everything and everything is in it’s place therefore I know where everything is when it comes to the products and I can easily find them in my collection. But when it comes to different shades of foundations, concealers and lip glosses/liquid lipsticks, I do label these products with braille labels just so I can easily find the shade I want, although I don’t find braille labels to be the most practical of things to put on makeup products as I find that they can easily fall off therefore I am now starting to use a PenFriend to label my make-up products as I find that it’s much easier.

    As you may have gathered I am definitely still learning when it comes to the art of make-up. I’m sure I will have many more tips to share with you in the future therefore I will be sure to write another post like this if that is something you’d like to read. Today’s post was purely based and focused on informing you of how I go about the task of applying make-up but if you want a post focusing purely on make-up tips and tricks for visually impaired people then be sure to let me know and I will write that for you.

    I know this might not have been the most informative of posts but I hope it helped you in some way to gain a better understanding of how I apply make-up as a visually impaired person. If you are visually impaired yourself then be sure to share some of your make-up tips in the comments or feel free to tweet me (@myblurredworld), I would love to hear from you!

    Thank you all so much for reading today’s post. If you’d like me to do a similar post to this in the future but maybe focusing on topics such as hair or fashion then be sure to let me know.

    I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day/evening. Be sure to join me next time in My Blurred World. xox



    1. June 15, 2016 / 3:54 pm

      I absolutely loved this post! I found it really useful as I sometimes struggling with applying makeup myself as a blind person. Thank you for this, this has really helped me! xxx

    2. contemplatingstyle
      June 15, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      Wow. Great post, both useful and inspirational! Good luck and stay positive and inspired! 🙂

    3. July 22, 2016 / 11:56 am

      Sounds tricky but you’re so positive about it! This is such an inspirational post, I love it! xo


    4. January 11, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      This is an awesome post, really amazing to read

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