The holidays are coming and a reader used the word "make-up" to find my blog so I thought I'd write about applying make-up one-handed. Every woman does her make-up differently so this is just an example that may inspire you to think about how you manage make-up. A piece of non-slip shelf liner on the dresser stops eye shadow and face powder from sliding when I open the container and use the brush. I didn't know age would rob my lips of the pink color that keeps them from being the same color as my face. It's easy to apply lip gloss with a hint of color because I don't have to draw a precise outline like I do with lipstick.
I apply the tinted gloss to my bottom lip and mash my lips together to transfer gloss to my upper lip. The gloss wears off quickly, but leaves a slight tint on my lips that lasts for hours. Now I see lips on the bottom half of my face when I look in the mirror.
New Procedures. Applying eye liner requires the ability to close one eye while you keep the other open. I can blink (close both eyes at once) but I can't wink with my hemiplegic eye (close one eye). I apply eye shadow by keeping both lids half closed, but this won't work for eye liner. Instead I use mascara to give my eyes more definition. My hemiplegic hand can squeeze tubular shaped objects between my index and middle finger so my sound hand can open the mascara. At first I got mascara on my eyelid or face because lots mascara is always loaded on the brush. Now I wipe off the excess by rolling the brush on a kleenex sitting on non-slip shelf liner before I apply mascara.
Organizing the Work Space. My balance isn't good enough for me to lean over to look in the bathroom mirror. I have a mirror on my bedroom dresser with clear Dycem under it to keep it from moving when I adjust it to see better. I have good control when applying eye makeup if I lean my sound elbow on the edge of my tall dresser. Years ago I created lighting by attaching fluorescent lights to the sides of the mirror hanging over my dresser. If you buy a lighted make-up mirror read the reviews first. Containers keep make-up organized so it doesn't spread out on my dresser. A small round container is clipped to a square food container that sits inside a plastic make-up case I use when I travel. A small metal binder clip (see white circle) from an office supply store keeps the small round container upright so pencils, mascara, and tweezers stay vertical. I love using everyday objects instead of spending money on expensive equipment in medical catalogues