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Short sight and make up.... HELP

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chuffedasbuttons · 24/09/2020 23:53

DD put mascara on for the first time this week. She's 13 and I was amazed she did it with no blobs cause I'm 44 and I still need cotton buds everyday.

Anyway she's very short sighted. -6 so very short sighted.

Any advice please on how to help? Magnified mirror?
Flip up glasses (assume these need to be prescription strength?

Clueless mum....

She doesn't wear contacts and has no desire to wear them so this is a case of make up when you can't see advice !

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PurpleDaisies · 24/09/2020 23:59

I’m a similar prescription to your daughter (a bit worse) and I use a hand held mirror and take my glasses off. I’ve never got on with magnifying mirrors.

With practice you just get used to it.

FrancesFlute · 25/09/2020 00:00

I'm not following what advice you want? It sounds like your DD did a neat job with her mascara?

FWIW, my eyes are a similar prescription. If I'm wearing mascara with my glasses I just get really close to the mirror to do makeup, so yes a magnified mirror may be helpful. Obviously don't have glasses on whilst applying mascara or base!

chuffedasbuttons · 25/09/2020 19:53

Thanks v much
Seems you just get v close to the mirror and manage ok!

Good to know

I had wondered if her slightly later than most her class

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chuffedasbuttons · 25/09/2020 19:53

If being a bit later than most was because she couldn't see Grin

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BrightWhiteLight · 26/09/2020 10:55

I used to be very short-sighted (-9 to -10) before I had laser surgery.

Putting my make-up on was much easier in those days - I just went really close to a normal mirror. I didn't need a magnifying mirror because I already had extremely good near-sight (arguably the only plus-side of being shortsighted).

Now I've had my eyesight corrected, I can't get as close up to the mirror without losing focus.

From what you've said, doesn't sound like she really needs help?

chuffedasbuttons · 26/09/2020 11:47

Thank you for your insight (Grin)

Just trying to be a good mum and her eyesight is something I don't really understand. I know it's normal to her but it's quite severe for her age and I don't want her to be left out of the normal teen stuff..... I don't think she is but I don't want to miss something if I can help it.

I had noticed everyone her age is often well into make up. Glad she's not but was worried !

Her dad had laser (we don't see him) so I will definitely pay for this when she's old enough if she wants it. When the NHS money stops I think glasses will become very expensive anyway.

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BrightWhiteLight · 26/09/2020 11:52

That's ok!

FWIW I started wearing contact lenses when I was 10. I was sporty (and was having trouble with glasses not being practical for my sport) and I was considered to be sensible enough to look after them.

Worth considering, maybe?

Bear in mind that you can't have laser surgery until a year or two after your eyesight has settled. For me this meant waiting until I was 28 (because eyesight tends to settle much later than other parts of the body stop growing).

Good luck with it all. You sounds like a very caring mother Smile

FatGirlShrinking · 26/09/2020 12:15

Yep, hand mirror is better than a fixed one and just hold it very close.

I have -5.5 in my 'good' eye and the other one is considered 'severely visually impaired' always been fine with make up.

Although saying that! I mean normal makeup like eyeliner, shadow and mascara. Have bugger all idea how anyone does that contouring thing where they draw various coloured stripes all over their face, smudge it together and somehow end up with thinner nose, higher cheekbones and no double chin?????

chuffedasbuttons · 26/09/2020 12:21

Sounds familiar re the laser. Her dad was late 20's

She doesn't want contacts yet. She's not at all sporty though. She draws! So glasses don't bother her. Plus they are so trendy now. We met a fellow thirteen yr old last week wearing clear ones for fashion.

Hand mirror! On order.
Thank you so much

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EasilyDeleted · 26/09/2020 12:24

Yes, hand mirror for me too, even though I've worn contacts for years I still use them a lot. My problem is that one of my eyes is -12 and for that one I have to hold the mirror so close I can hardly get my hand in between it and my face.

chuffedasbuttons · 26/09/2020 12:28

I suppose many people with such a - figure wear contacts and then you can see to put your make up on.

Why isn't there the opposite of a magnifying mirror?????
How strange.

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EasilyDeleted · 26/09/2020 12:36

I don't bother with eye make-up so much on glasses days if I'm honest, because I have to hold the mirror so close I have to move it side to side and can't look at both eyes at once to see if they look matched (if it's in the middle it's too far from either eye). Once the glasses are on you can't see it very well in a mirror either because they're in the way.

LaurieSchafferIsAllBitterNow · 26/09/2020 12:39

I am about the same prescription, and find close up vision is excellent once you have the mirror right in, the focus (clear) point for me is 4-6 inches...if I whip my specs off and bring the laptop in I can see the little pixels at that range.
So for best effect all my makeup is put on before I put my lenses/spec on, ditto eyebrow plucking and all stuff like that!

Different story once I have my lenses in though...I need reading specs over the top, I never know where I am!

Farcry66 · 26/09/2020 12:42

I have a slightly worse prescription than your daughter and always used a hand held mirror. Then I started going to the gym in the mornings and they had mirrors mounted on the wall with a small shelf so you could still get close to the mirror!! Revelation!!!!!!

Now have what I think was sold as a bathroom mirror with a shelf in my bedroom and do my make up there.

A magnifying mirror doesn't really help because although the image is bigger, you still have to get close to it to see it in focus anyway, so a bit pointless.

BrightWhiteLight · 26/09/2020 13:14


I suppose many people with such a - figure wear contacts and then you can see to put your make up on.

Why isn't there the opposite of a magnifying mirror?????
How strange.

Frickin' awesome idea! I can't believe I've never thought of this!

Genius idea with a niche audience that would absolutely love this product...

Patent it and develop one before I beat you to it Grin
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