We all love learning about a tip or a hack to make our lives easier, don’t we? I needed a lot when I was starting out with makeup (there were far too many mistakes)! As a visually impaired person, makeup seems to be even harder to master but since starting to wear it a couple of years ago, I’ve learned some hacks of my own along the way so I wanted to shhare them with you.
I am by no means an expert but I’m hoping this post might help some of you in some way.
Some of these hacks may also apply to you sighted people reading this so I hope you enjoy reading.
Most blind/VI people might know of these hacks/tips already but I thought I’d share them anyway as it might answer some questions I receive about how I can be such a beauty lover if I can’t see what I’m applying to my face.
Label, label, label!
Labelling products with either braille, large print or penfriend labels makes the process of finding your desired product(s) a whole lot easier.
I personally use Penfriend labels as they are very small and discrete. You may be able to see in the photo above that there are small circular labels on some of my makeup products such as lipsticks, foundations and some make-up brushes.
I tend to put these labels on products which I have one or more shades of or on brushes if I have some that are quite similar or if I want to know what the purpose of the brush is.
It’s a great way to easily find the products you want to use. If you label your products like myself with a PenFriend then you can record for as long as you like which gives you the option to provide as much detail of the product as you want, maybe you could even provide some info about makeup looks that you can create with that product or what kind of eye look a lipstick goes with best, the possibilities are endless.
Organising your collection will make it so much easier to work with. Place your products in the same place every time so you know exactly where everything is.
Eye make-up for starters
Some people prefer to do their face makeup first, that’s what you would naturally do right?
Personally, as a VI girl, I find it easier to start off with my eye makeup. Why do you ask? Well, as you all know, eyeshadow can have a lot of fall out which us VI girls most likely won’t notice therefore by doing my eye makeup first, I can easily clean up the edges without worrying if I’ve taken away any of my base makeup.
Keep your lotions and potions in the fridge
Everyone gets itchy, irritated and sore eyes but for us blind/VI girls and guys it can be particularly worse.
I find that a great way to soothe my eyes when they’re sore or painful is applying some eye lotion on a cotton pad and holding it over my eyes for a few minutes.
The Liz Earle soothing eye lotion does the trick for me.
Keeping this lotion in the fridge is perfect as it evidently makes it nice and cold which instantly provides the lotion or cream with a cooling and soothing agent. I think it’s also a good idea to keep any eye creams or moisturizers in the fridge as it will instantly make you feel nice and refreshed when applying them.
Some nail tips
Vaseline can be your nail painting saviour
Painting nails as a blind/VI person has proven to be one of the most difficult beauty regimes but this tip makes it that little bit easier.
Applying vaseline around your nails can prevent any polish from transferring on to your skin, something everyone dreads right? Give it a go and see how you get on.
Keep your nail polish in the fridge
This is not something I do but I’ve heard a lot of people say it’s a great way for blind/VI people to paint their nails.
By keeping your polish in the fridge it will make the polish easier to feel when you apply it to your nails as it will be really cold. I know many people don’t agree with this idea since keeping your nail polish in the fridge may interfere with the formula but if you want to give it a whirl with a cheaper polish then by all means go for it!
Those are just a few hacks I use to make beauty more accessible to me as a visually impaired person. I hope it helped some of you. If you fancy reading some of my other beauty related blog posts then you can do so here.
Do let me know of any blind girl beauty hacks and tips you might have or any beauty hacks you have in general, I’m always interested to discover new tips.