Y’all, this week I attempted to do my eye makeup in the dark. No mirrors. No lights. Nothing. Just complete darkness.
Why did I do this? There may come a day when I will not be able to see myself in the mirror. Unfortunately, that is the reality that I face with having Usher Syndrome. But just because I can’t see myself in the mirror doesn’t mean I can’t still look good! As my blogger friend, Steph McCoy, from BoldBlindBeauty says, “If you’ve always cared for yourself and took pride in your appearance, sight loss won’t change this aspect as it’s integral to who you are as an individual.”
In preparation for my makeup in the dark session, I watched several YouTube videos and read some articles featuring beautiful blind women demonstrating and explaining how they apply makeup. You might be surprised to know that there are a lot of great videos and articles out there. While I was mostly encouraged by seeing how great these ladies looked without a mirror, I also read some numerous “horror” stories! One woman said she accidentally used a red lip liner pencil as eyeliner. Her friends all though her eyes were bleeding (Insert my wide eyes, here)!
You can check out my whole video here.
My takeaways from this challenge?
- I see why a lot of blind women avoid liquid eyeliner. I personally like how liquid eyeliner stays in place all day and does not venture into my crease, but as you noticed in the video, I had a hard time putting it on lightly. If anyone has advice on a good eyeliner pencil that stays put, please let me know!
- As you may have noticed in the video, I had some spillage from the eye shadow on my cheek bone. I believe a good solution to this problem could be changing up my makeup routine. Instead of starting with foundation, I’ll apply my eye makeup first. This way, I can clean up around my eyes with eye makeup remover to ensure I have no eye shadow on my cheek bones.
- Keeping your makeup and tools neatly organized in front of you is a must. All throughout the recording of the video, I was rummaging around for the next thing I needed.
- It’s totally doable! Even though my right eye was heavier and I had eye shadow all over my cheek bones, I was pleased with how my eye makeup turned out!
Let’s see your eye makeup session in the dark. Make a video and post it on social media with #eyemakeupinthedark 🙂