Later this week, I’m embarking on a slew of event appearances, promotional campaigns, and film productions. (So I’m kind of apologizing here ahead of time should I miss a few weekly blog posts.) This means a lot of time before the public eye and on camera. Sometimes, if I’m filming my TV show, ”Four Senses,”, or if I’m lucky and a talk show on which I’m a guest grants me a little time in the hair and makeup chair, I don’t have to worry about my face. But most of the time, I’m responsible for grooming myself, doing my own hair and makeup, ensuring I’m presentable.

Of course, I have someone else shape my eyebrows and cut my hair, but people are often surprised I style my own hair and apply my own makeup.

“It’s better than what I can do myself,” many women say.

I think they’re just being nice.

Back when we were filming “MasterChef,” we often had to do our own makeup because there were so many of us contestants and only three makeup artists on set. Monti and Felix used to watch me curl my lashes and paint on lipstick without a mirror.

“That’s amazing,” Monti would say.

When I first lost my vision, powder, blush, and lipstick were fairly easy to pick back up. Mascara and eyeliner posed more of a challenge. I’ve poked myself many times in the eye with the mascara wand and flinched a lot at the lash curler. But now, even those things I’ve mastered.

Eyeshadow has been my latest challenge. It’s not easy to blend the colors on my eyelids properly. Sometimes I’m told I have gray on my cheek, or that one eye is darker than the other, or that I botched my blending job and I look like I’d gotten in a bar fight.

Live and learn.

Here’s the latest Blind Life YouTube episode: Episode 3: How the Blind Put on Makeup. I’ve since changed up my daily makeup routine a little bit (I’ve added a few things to my repertoire—to combat aging, you know), but the essence of my routine is the same. There is a makeup artist at a local Bobbi Brown cosmetics counter in my hometown who has become my personal tutor in blind makeup application. I’ll tell her which new technique I want to conquer, and Wendy has been very good at selecting soft, more forgiving colors and showing me how to apply them for a natural look. Like my cooking, it all comes down to my sense of touch and lots of practice.

Are you or do you know anyone who is vision impaired and can successfully put on makeup? Any tips? And if you’re sighted, try closing your eyes and applying some makeup. How well did you do? Welcome to Blind Life.

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  1. @JeffD503 says:

    I'll have to watch twice. The computer that can load videos well has no sound, and the computer that has sound has a lousy connection. Go figure.

    But from just watching, I was impressed. I mean I'd be scared to have anything that close to my eye, and I can see. I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like without sight. Not sure I'll try to apply makeup myself. For one thing, I'd probably be asked a whole lot of very awkward questions. Then afterwards, I'd probably be ribbed mercilessly for the rest of my life.

    Good luck with all your appearances, campaigns, and productions. 🙂

  2. I'm listening to your book on Talking Books, now. The first book I have ordered. I'm not sure about dong much cooking, myself. I tried to warm a hamburger, from the drive thru, in the microwave. Wrong setting. Soon it was like a rock! My daughter made a big pot of soup for me and put into smaller containers, and froze them. So, I just put them in a pan and put the burner on high and warm them. Tried that yesterday ad now I have a burned pan! My method of cooking , since I lost so much of my vision, has been to put a can of soup into a pan, add a can of water, a dash of pepper, a sprinkle of dried onions or chives. put the burner on high. When it starts to get hot, I turn off the heat and put the lid on top. It should be ready by the time I get out my bowl and utensils.
    I used to love to cook, but my daughter does most of that now. But, I'm always looking for recipes, especially those I remembered, and pass them on to my daughter!
    I had to laugh about you being a picky eater. I still am! I would only eat cereal , preferably the old Pablum!, fruit, and milk Until I was about 10 years old and learned to eat spaghetti at camp. But I spent many miserable years with people trying to make me eat! Still do after 76 years!
    Enjoyed hearing the stories that go with your recipes!

    As for makeup, I have always loved to do my makeup. In college, when anything more than wearing lipstick and powder, was the sign of a "loose woman", I would use watercolors and experiment with different looks, in the bathroom! 🙂 As an artist, I did sculpture, and my work with portraits helped me work with and feel, shapes, color, illusions, etc. I could just slap on even eyeliner whilte driving to wrok and never take my eyes off the road. Just felt my face with one hand and thought of a piece of art, I guess. Eventually, I learned about skin care and make up with Mary Kay. But, then my knees went and I quit driving. Then my eyes went.
    I still put on my make up in the car, while my daughter drives. The light is better. But I can no longer see my face, or anyone else's face.
    I just put on foundation, dotting and feeling, then blending and blotting in case I have too much. I feel my lips and cheeks for lipstick, and use lipstick in that way, as my moth4r did during the Depression, instead of blush. I feel my eyebrows for eyebrow pencil. Just make a sketchy line.
    But, last time I tried to blend colors for eyebrow pencil and my daughter said that I looked like a clown, and had to wipe most of it off!
    Sometimes I just brush on a little powder to finish. I would like to wear eye shadow , etc. but someone told me that, after cataract surgery, people shouldn't wear anything around the eyes.
    I think I could still do it by feeling. But, at my age, I guess that is too much and should go with less makeup. My dr. told me to just wash my face and slap on some moisturizer, and go! Not me! I love color!
    One blessing of not being able to see faces, I guess, is that I can't see wrinkles or if my makeup is wrong! 🙂 The last time I saw my face, I didn't have wrinkles, but, I got a glimpse of my face , or parts of it, and I saw some wrinkles. Horrors! I just decided that it may be best that I can't see my face.
    I just keep reminding people to tell me who they are because I can't see them. I can't see if their makeup is right, either!
    I would think that for the camera, you could go with a little more makeup. I would think that there might be some way for you to mark your make up and practice feeling the amounts to use. Not so sure about eyeliner, though. Maybe your husband could help!
    I know that you like to be independent, but, you might want to have your own makeup artist someday, for appearances, photos, etc.
    I would love to have someone to pick out my clothes, fix my hair, etc. I spend too much time trying to decide what to wear, and often end up with things that don't match!

    Love to hear your experiences. Good luck and enjoy your upcoming activities!

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