Lucy became a role model to many young people with a visual impairment after her YouTube video “Blind girl does her own make-up” went viral in 2015. Since then she has used her online platform to educate the world about blindness, and to share her top tips for doing your make-up when you are visually impaired.
Now, thanks to Look, young visually impaired people can also meet Lucy in person. In the first masterclass, held at the RNIB Offices in Leeds, Lucy taught visually impaired girls the art of doing their make-up without sight. She led group and one to one tutorials, giving participants tips on applying their own make-up, and recommending products to try. Speaking about the importance of visually impaired people learning about make-up and beauty, Lucy says:
“This is something that is visual, but there are techniques to really make us feel good. Even though I can’t see a mirror anymore, I control the way I look because I have the strategies, and it’s made me feel more empowered.”
Young people at the class also discussed some of the barriers they face when shopping for beauty products or clothes. Rachel says:
“When you’re visually impaired, it’s really difficult when you’re relying on a mashup of different people’s opinions to know what you look like.”
Elin Williams is Look’s Events Officer and she’s also blind. Elin says:
“We are delighted to be working with Lucy on these masterclasses. Our launch event in Leeds was a real success, leaving young people feeling inspired and motivated to learn more. The classes are all about giving young people the confidence to get started with using beauty products and empowering them to look good and feel good on their own terms.”
Lucy will be at LOOKfest – Look’s accessible summer festival on July 26-29th in Herefordshire. Go to lookfest.org for more information and how to book. Visually impaired 12-29-year-olds can apply to take part in future masterclasses that will be held across the country. Anyone interested in attending can email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the waiting list.
The Make-Up Masterclasses are part of Look’s overarching mission to boost confidence and wellbeing in young people with a visual impairment. Look Director Charlotte Carson, who has been visually impaired since the age of seven says: “Young visually impaired people often feel embarrassed about being different, and we want to help transform this. We offer a series of workshops and opportunities to connect with other young people, learn new skills and most importantly, grow happiness and have fun!”