Are Accessible Cosmetics the Last Frontier in Make-up Inclusivity?

In March 2010, Terri Bryant, a makeup artist and educator, began noticing slight changes to her skill set. Stiffness spanned from her left shoulder down to her fingers, which she was unable to move independently. By 2012, it was taking her a really long time to apply her clients’ makeup. At a wedding, she couldn’t get the bride’s eyebrows to look balanced.

“Makeup artistry has been such a big part of my life,” Ms. Bryant, 47, said. “Yes, it’s my livelihood, but it’s also my creative outlet. It’s been a way I’ve connected with people over the years. The thought of losing that was devastating.”

When doing her own makeup became a challenge, Ms. Bryant could no longer ignore her physical symptoms. In 2015, after visiting a doctor, she learned she had Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder that can cause stiffness, shaking and coordination difficulty.

“There is some sense of relief to finally know what’s going on,” said Ms. Bryant, who currently lives in Winter Park, Fla. “Once you know what you’re dealing with, you can take action.”

Ms. Bryant is one of 61 million adults in the U.S. living with disabilities that affect daily life, according to 2016 survey data analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To help herself and others struggling with makeup application, Ms. Bryant founded Guide Beauty, which makes grippable and hand-steadying products, easy-to-open packaging, and other makeup application tools of universal design.

Please read the rest of the article at The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/07/style/disability-accessible-beauty-makeup.html

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