Today I posted a video showing how close I have to have a mirror or my phone to do my makeup. So you are seeing exactly how I have to have things to see what I am doing. Honestly I like how this came out. I thought I will also go into how companies and other people can help to make beauty more accessible.
Try to imagine this…
You walk into a store in another country with writing you don’t understand. You are looking for a foundation that you know works for you. For example, if live in the US maybe you go to Japan and spot the Maybelline Fit Me foundation. You know what shade you are in by number such as 220. Due to it being a foreign country they don’t have 220 written out rather the numbers are in their script instead. Not very accessible for you right?
That would in a way be similar to what I am talking about here. Only making it more accessible for those with disabilities rather than the example. I simply gave that example so that maybe it would help those that are not visually impaired understand a little better.
- Maybelline Baby Skin
- Maybelline Fit Me – 220
- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind – Medium
- Elf HD powder
- BH Cosmetics Forever Nude Sculpt and Glow
- Brow Precise Micro Pencil
- Maybelline Master Precise Skinny – Black
- Maybelline Lash Sensational
- Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Lipstick – 140 Grapefruit
I was born with Optic Nerve Atrophy with Nystagmus and a cleft lip and palate. So I have had a lot surgeries to repair my face. I had experimental surgery in 2014 to try to repair my vision as well. My condition basically means my optic nerve didn’t develop right in the womb. My vision is currently at 20/600 in my left eye and 20/400 in my right eye. Vision acuity means basically what I can see at twenty feet people with perfect vision can see at four hundred and six hundred feet. In other words what someone with good vision can see at thirty feet I have to have at one foot. So being able to see is kinda hard for me at times especially when things are standing in the way of making it accessible. That is why I decided to post this post alongside my video.
Displays are the main area that I think I should start. I am going to focus on the categories of foundation, lipsticks, and liners as these are the three areas that I see the most help being needed in this aspect. Mainly that these are not clearly marked enough to tell what shades are what. They aren’t clearly marked so it makes it harder for someone with vision impairments to find the shade they want. Especially for foundation and liner. Lipsticks it is easier if the color is on the facing of the display. However some displays are difficult to tell while some are clearly marked but due to the next topic the wrong product is still bought so that is a lack of attention by store staff to ensure everything is in the proper place.
One major factor in being able to tell what things are for me is packaging. I am not sure if you have seen it, but I go on a mild rant about packaging of a mask in one of my videos. You can find that video above. I find it is difficult to see what shade things are because the print is so small I can’t read it or the print is such a light color that I cannot read it. Some products as I have mentioned in my Foundations video have the shade number well identified. You can see what I am talking about in the video below. The Maybelline Fit Me series of foundations and Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous are the two brands that I think do an awesome job.
The directions also could be a lot clearer. I made a point about this on the mask video I mentioned earlier as well. They are not clear and easily read. This can make application of a product very difficult for the person if they can’t read them. I know there is a space issue, but it is possible to do a sticker or a QR code on products for people who can’t see it to easily get information. Not all products have that, but some do which is amazing. That is very helpful. It can even be put on foundations in the expandable insert that is on some foundations.
I know these may not be a big deal to some of you, but I think those with vision impairments would find it helpful. I hope that companies will make things more visually impaired friendly so that we are able to enjoy it as much and find it as well as other people.
If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me at any time by visiting my contact me page above. I would love to hear about your suggestions and experiences.