Hello everyone, welcome to my first post on My Trending Stories.

I hope you're all doing well.

My name is Elin, I am a visually impaired beauty, lifestyle and disability blogger with a passion for writing.

For my first post on here I would like to share a post that I originally published on my blog a few months ago, all about make-up and sight loss. I feel like this is a good introduction post as you can learn a bit more about two passions of mine which are beauty and raising awareness of visual impairment. People often have misconceptions surrounding sight loss, one of them being that it must be impossible for us to apply make-up ourselves, this is far from the truth and in this post I wish to share with you how I apply make-up as a visually impaired person and what techniques I use.

This post is a little different to the one I posted on my personal blog as I've added a few bits in so if you've already read this then you can do so again as you might learn something new.

Applying make-up 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 receive many questions about how I apply make-up as a visually impaired person and many people seem to assume that someone else applies my make-up 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. My personal favourite tool from them is the miracle complexion sponge. This is my favourite foundation and concealer application tool as it blends in the product seamlessly and it assures me that my base is blended in properly, something I'm not certain of when using a make-up brush.

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 miracle complexion sponge 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 complexion sponge onto my forehead.
3. After blending the product in with the sponge 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).

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.

For bronzer I tend to apply just a small amount on a kabuki brush and just apply the product to where the sun would naturally hit. I don't apply too much incase I go overboard so after applying the product onto the brush I always make sure to tap off the excess.

The same process applies for blush also, the blushes I own aren't too pigmented which I like as I know I won't apply too much.



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

Moving on to eyes, as I am now learning new ways of applying make-up, I am becoming more confident when trying to create eyeshadow looks. I always tend to use the Too faced chocolate bar palette as it's easy to locate in my make-up collection due to its chocolate bar style packaging which is easy to detect by touch. Even though I do place my make-up products in the same place every time 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 eyeshadows I've tried in the past. It's always important to use eyeshadows that don't fall out (I know that's an obvious statement) 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. Another palette that I've been loving recently is the Urban Decay ultimate basics palette which I'm planning to talk more about on my blog in the future. This palette also has some tactile detailing on the front and provides a beautiful array of matte shades.

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.

Now, eyeliner is the most difficult product to apply for myself and many other blind/VI people. For me personally it's hard to get that precise line and I've personally ended up with eyeliner on my lid instead of it being near my lash line. I personally have very sensitive eyes so when the tip of the eyeliner touches my eye it does make me blink and it's not very comfortable, I think this is why I then struggle to achieve an even line. However, after a lot of practice I'm now used to the feel of the eyeliner against my lash line. I use liquid eyeliner pens as I find them the easiest to apply. When applying it, I make sure that I keep the pen as close to my lash line as possible to make sure I don't get any product on the middle of my eyelid. I follow my lash line to make sure my line is as even as possible. After completing the line I make sure that I don't blink as that can cause the product to transfer onto my lid and brow bone (don't ask me how). I haven't yet mastered the task of applying eyeliner but with a LOT of practice, I'm slowly getting there.

I am not one to use mascara as I am lucky to have very long natural eyelashes that have quite a bit of volume too therefore I don't find the need to wear mascara but I do occasionally 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 lip gloss 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 its 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 etc, 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 make-up products as I find that they can easily fall off therefore I now use a PenFriend (a labelling device which can be used to record voice descriptions of products) 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 either on My Trending Stories or my personal blog.

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 so much for reading my first post on My Trending Stories, I look forward to posting more on here in the future.

What are your views on this topic? Have you ever thought that visually impaired people can't apply make-up? Have your views changed after reading this post?

Published by Elin (My Blurred World)