Make-up goes inclusive for people with disabilities

In March 2010, Ms Terri Bryant, a make-up artist and educator, began noticing slight changes to her skill set.

Stiffness spanned from her left shoulder to her fingers, which she was unable to move independently.

By 2012, it was taking her a really long time to apply her clients' make-up. At a wedding, she could not get the bride's eyebrows to look balanced.

"Make-up 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."

In 2015, after visiting a doctor, she learnt she had Parkinson's disease, a neurological disorder that can cause stiffness, shaking and coordination difficulty.

She is one of 61 million American adults living with disabilities that affect daily life, according to 2016 survey data analysed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To help herself and others struggling with make-up application, she founded Guide Beauty, which makes grippable and hand-steadying products, easy-to-open packaging and other make-up application tools of universal design.

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