Make-Up Tips: How to Apply Make-Up with Low Vision

Make-Up Tips: How to Apply Make-Up with Low Vision

Eye Shadow Pallet with a lot of different colors

Living with low vision poses its unique set of challenges, and applying makeup can be one of them, but with the right tips and tools, people with low vision can confidently apply and wear make-up. Here are some practical tips for applying makeup with low vision, so that the process is both enjoyable and empowering.

Round mirror and a white container of blue, gold and pink makeup brushes on a blue and white surface

Invest in a Magnified Mirror with Light:

  • A magnified mirror with built-in lighting can be a game-changer for people with low vision. The magnification allows for a closer and clearer view, while the light helps with proper illumination. Position the mirror in a well-lit area to enhance visibility. This essential tool provides a detailed look at your skin, making it easier to apply makeup.
Blonde women using a makeup brush to apply eye shadow

Use Your Fingers to Guide the Brush:

  • When applying makeup with low vision, palpable feedback becomes crucial. Using your fingers to guide the brush allows you to feel the contours of your face and better control the application. Whether it’s applying foundation, eyeshadow, or blush, the sense of touch can provide valuable information about where the makeup is being applied. This hands-on approach helps create a more precise and controlled makeup application.
Three different kinds of makeup brushes

Embrace Blending Tools:

  • Blending is a key step in achieving a polished makeup look. Opt for blending tools like makeup sponges that allow you to feel the texture and ensure a seamless finish. Sponges are versatile and can be used for applying foundation, blending concealer, or creating a flawless eyeshadow transition. Additionally, choose powders that are easily blendable, as they can be more forgiving and provide a smoother, more natural appearance.
A blonde woman putting eyeshadow on another woman

Seek Feedback from Others:

  • Don’t hesitate to ask for a second opinion. Friends and family members can offer valuable feedback on how your makeup looks. They can provide insights on whether everything is well-blended, if the colors complement each other, and if any adjustments are needed. Another perspective can be particularly beneficial when precision is crucial, and it adds an interactive and enjoyable aspect to the makeup routine.
A variety of makeup and makeup brushes that are used

Toss Out Expired Make-Up:

Regularly discarding old makeup is not just a matter of maintaining a tidy cosmetics collection; it is an important aspect of skincare and overall health. Over time, makeup products can become a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to skin irritations, breakouts, and infections. By adhering to recommended expiration dates and observing changes in scent, texture, or appearance, you prioritize both the health of your skin and the efficacy of your beauty routine. 

 A variety of makeup brushes and tools

Applying makeup with low vision may require some adjustments, but it doesn’t mean sacrificing style and self-expression. By incorporating the tips mentioned above—using a magnified mirror, relying on palpable feedback with your fingers, embracing blending tools, and seeking feedback from loved ones—you can master the art of makeup application with confidence. Remember, makeup is a form of self-expression, and everyone deserves to feel beautiful, regardless of vision challenges. With these tips, you can enhance your natural beauty and enjoy the transformative power of makeup with ease. For more information on this topic watch our Youtube video! To stay connected and up-to-date with the latest opportunities and success stories, we encourage you to follow Ensight on all of our social media platforms. Visit Ensight Skill Center’s Homepage for a comprehensive overview of our programs, and connect with us on Facebook and Instagram to gain access to valuable resources, inspiring stories, and updates on all of our upcoming events.