YouTube is loaded with beauty vloggers pumping out makeup tutorials and how-tos with varying degrees of success. And though there are definitely a ton of smoky eye experts out there, 19-year-old Lucy Edwards from Birmingham, England showed us one beauty hack we’ll bet you’ve never seen before.
Since age 17, Lucy has been almost completely blind. “I have been partially sighted since the age of 11,” Lucy tells us over email. “I first lost sight in my right eye and then when I was 17 I lost almost all of my remaining vision in my left eye leaving me with around 5% today, which is mostly blurry blobs in one corner of my eye.”
Lucy’s blog, Yesterdays Wishes has nearly 17,000 subscribers, but many of her videos have more than 100,000 views. She posts the usual beauty tutorials like how to get the perfect red lip and some of her favourite eyeliners but mixed in are the real beauty tips such as Blind Girl Does Her Own Makeup. Because her lack of vision is clearly one of the first things you notice when you watch her videos, she also shares her struggles in videos like The Blind Reality and Broken Braillenotes and Daft Dogs.
So how the heck does a blind girl become a beauty vlogger?
Tial and error. Lucy tells us, “Beauty has always been a passion of mine even before I went blind so I was determined to not let blindness stop me doing what I love. I learned to apply makeup through trial and error with the help of my lovely sister, Alice.”
Some of her favourite beauty products include Roller Lash by Benefit, Miracle Complexion Sponge by Real Techniques, Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake and M.U.A. Eye Shadow in Champagne. “I don’t dwell on my sight loss and think of what I don’t have as this would make me constantly unhappy,” Lucy explains. “I look towards the future and live every day trying to be as happy as possible.”
Check out some of our favourite videos below:
Blind Girl Does Her Own Makeup
Blind Girl Creates Glam Makeup Look
Myths About Blindness
My Beautiful Guide Dog