tips on applying makeup with parkinson's

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The tremor in my right hand has progressed so that I have a difficult time applying my makeup with it. I’m fortunate that I’m sort of ambidextrous, so it was relatively easy to switch hands. However, I’ve been wondering what I’ll do when my tremor migrates to my left hand.  Here are few tips that might be help. If you have any suggestions please share them.

1. If you stand in the bathroom, try to find a place to sit instead. It may help your tremor and you can rest your elbow on a counter or table for stability.

2. Use a magnifying mirror. You will be surprised how much more you see (good and bad) and catch little mistakes that you’d not see otherwise.

3. Find a place with good natural light to apply your makeup. You’ll see how your makeup will really look when you’re out and about, as artificial light can sometimes not be accurate.

4. Take your time and don’t rush. I made this mistake by giving myself the same amount of time to get ready as I did before I was diagnosed with PD. Little by little as my symptoms increased it was taking a little longer to get ready but I hadn’t realized it, so I found I was rushing around. Give yourself extra time so you can apply it in a relaxed state.

5. Drugstore vs. Department Store brands – I use both but I noticed that drugstore brands generally have less pigment than department store brands which means they can be a little more forgiving. However, that can also mean the application doesn’t last as long, so you may need to apply it again during the day.

6. If you use a foundation, use a primer beforehand. It really does help the foundation stay put longer.

7. Use transparent lip colors instead of opaque colors. They are more forgiving, and you don’t need to be as precise around the edges, particularly if you use darker colors.

8. Lip stains are also a good way to minimize having to retouch as often.

9. Cream or powder – Eye shadow, foundation, blush, they all come in both creams & powders. Try them to see which ones are easier for you to apply.

10. Application – You can apply makeup with sponges, brushes, or your fingers. Again, try them all and see which is more comfortable for you. I used to use a sponge for my foundation but now I use my fingers because I feel like I have better control in smoothing it out.

11. Double duty- Tinted moisturizer, BB or CC creams are a great way to combine skincare, moisturizer and foundation in one.

12. Lastly, permanent eyebrow or liner tattooing might be right for you. The eyebrow tattooing of old has progressed quite a bit and looks much more natural.

spring '19 beauty edit

As the weather starts to get warmer I like to tweak my makeup and skincare a little. It will start to get very warm here in Hawaii so all of the products that I use must be able to stay put and look natural and not overdone. I’ve been watching these makeup tutorials on the Vogue YouTube channel, and granted most of them are super models who are half my age and are gorgeous without a stitch of makeup. But what I like about them is that I can see the current ways that makeup is being used and try to learn a thing or two that fit into my lifestyle.

Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion This is a surprising moisturizer that I love during the warmer months. It’s for dry skin but the texture is extremely light and absorbs quickly. It doesn’t feel gloppy and is a good base for my sunscreen. There is also a version with sunscreen but I like to keep it separate.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray w/Aloe, Herbs, & Rosewater A spritz of this when I’m finished applying my makeup and a few times during the day feels cool and refreshing and in the heat of the summer I keep it in the fridge and it feels fantastic not only on my face but my arms also.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor I love the creamy formula and colors of this lipstick. The applicator is at an angle so it’s easy to apply and lasts a long time while staying put. If you wear nude lip colors all the time and want to try a little more color, these are great because they are matte and so a brighter color is a little more subtle than if you used a glossy finish.

Matrixyl Synthe 6 Serum & Coenzyme Q10 Serum by Timeless Skin Care are both wonderful serums that instantly absorb into your skin. I use a few drops of the Matrixyl in the evening and the Coenzyme in the morning before my moisturizer.

Do you have any spring favorite skincare or makeup that you use?

october beauty product review

here are the skincare and makeup products i purchased this month and how they worked for me. i haven’t purchased much makeup lately so i needed to stock up on a few things.

paula’s choice vitamin c super booster - i’ve been using this for about a year and it’s become a staple. i’ve read that vitamin c can quickly degrade so i keep mine in the fridge and it’s the first thing i put on in the morning with a clean face. you put a couple of drops on and it instantly absorbs. the other thing i like about the website is you can read up on specific ingredients you hear about and it gives a description and a rating.

urban decay eyeshadow palette in naked2 basics - what i like about this palette is that they are all mat shades which i like better for mature skin.

ulta eyeshadow palette in soul - i was looking for a plum palette to go with fall and winter but didn’t want to spend too much since i usually prefer neutrals, so this was a fantastic price at $12. the dark plum is great to set my eyeliner with.

laura mercier foundation primer - this primer goes on very light and doesn’t have that gloppy feeling or pill up like some others that i’ve tried. i do notice a difference in my makeup lasting longer, so it’s definitely a keeper.

urban decay eyeshadow primer - it has a doe foot applicator and helps my eyeshadow stay put for longer, and helps prevent it from settling into the creases in my lids. i also put a tiny dab on the inner corner of my eye where i also put concealer.

looking forward to playing with the purples and plum colors this fall!