Adult Group - Fine Work (Japan)
“Magic that Makes Me Beautiful”
Higashi-Osaka City Megumi Matsushita, Housewife (55 years old, female)
“I want to get pretty, too!”
Before I could do my blind make-up, I was unable to put it into words even if I thought of it. It was because the people around me returned thoughtless words to me, though without malice, saying “You cannot see and you are okay without preening yourself!,” and “Why do you get your makeup on while you cannot see?” These words made me feel that I was denied being even a woman just because I was visually impaired. I got sadness in my heart so many times.
Isn’t it so cute a small child imitates her mother to comb her hair in front of a mirror? Don’t you think it venerable for a lady with white hair to look smart and dignified?
However old one may be, as far as the one is a woman, all the women throughout the world feel the same way I do, “become prettier!”
In recent years, Japanese adult women do not go out without wearing any makeup. It is because woman wearing makeup is recognized as etiquette, manner, and grooming and appearance I, too, before I was vision-impaired, got my makeup on before going out and enjoyed looking nice.
However, when I was 41 years old, I lost my right eyesight due to sudden retinal separation. Originally, my left eye, too, suffered from retinal separation and I had eyesight of about 0.01 only. I became a resident of a blurry world. At that time, I was counting what I could not do, saying to myself, “I can no longer do that, I cannot do this, either.” I grieved for myself, telling myself “My life has been over” and had growing suicidal thoughts. It was the training for daily living for people with acquired visual impairments at Nippon Lighthouse that my family worried about me and encouraged me to take.
For one year, I learnt contrivances for survival, starting with walking training with a white cane, basics of Braille, cooking, sewing, etc., that is, “even if it is difficult to see, we can go about our daily life by devising ways and means.” The happiest thing was that I became able to operate the personal computer. I was able to obtain a wealth of information on Internet and was able to realize that I was connected to the society. In this way, I gained confidence and had courage to go outside little by little, and began applying makeup in my own way.
My daughters, however, pointed out stray lipstick every time I wore makeup. I gave up putting on makeup in my own way. Gradually, I did not go outside and withdrew into my shell.
On one of such days, one of my friends twitted “I have heard that there seemed to be a beauty salon where makeup was taught to visually-impaired people.” I immediately searched the information on the Net and found out “Care Make” where “Blind Make,” a technique that enables visually-impaired people to do their makeup without watching a mirror is taught. Desperately hoping as a last hope, I signed up for counseling and one-point lesson for lipstick.
“Blind makeup” so easily helped me get rid of my complex by only one lesson. The method for solving stray lipstick that bothered me so severely that I was unable to go out was to wipe away the stray lipstick by a facial tissue. It was this that “the scales fell from my eyes.” If my makeup comes off, all I have to do is to redo makeup. In this way, I had predestined encounter with “Blind Makeup” and was captivated by it.
I continued having lessons and now, I have mastered Blind Makeup and have become able to achieve full makeup without watching a mirror, which includes processes to form the base free of makeup-comes-off, color eyelids with four colorful eye shadows, tighten up around eyes with eye liner, curl eyelashes by eyelash curler and apply mascara, draw lipstick without protruding, and rouge my cheeks.
By “Blind Makeup,” I was able to recover the natural desire as a woman to get prettier!” which I gave up once and sent it to the bottom of my heart. For me, it was the moment of joy when I restored my confidence as a woman, too. “I have successfully put my lipstick beautifully.” To think of it, I felt confidence in me and I was able to raise my head and hold good conversations with other people.When I did makeup on and had confidence in me, I wanted to try various things.
I came to hope that I could help activities in which “Blind Makeup” could serve as an opportunity for visually-impaired women to participate in the society. I am now enrolled in a university and learn the welfare. For me, “Blind Makeup” is a fabulous magic for me to shine as a woman.