Applying mascara

Applying make-up independently for a person without dexterity

User applies make-up with broad side of mascara brush
User applies make-up with broad side of mascara brush

Description
The user needs help to place the mascara brush between her index and long fingers with her hand in a fist so that the brush stands at a right angle to her palm. User begins with the broad side of the mascara brush (photo 1), then she takes the tip (photo 2). She leans her hand against her cheek to hold it steady (photo 3). She uses her other hand to hold on to the backrest to keep her balance (photo 3). She applies mascara to her left eye with her left hand and switches hands for her right eye. She uses a cotton swab to remove any excess or smudges.

Users comments
It was very important for the user to be able to apply make-up independently. She thought about it for a long time until she came up with the solution.

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Whose idea
The user

This tip is from 2007

User applies make-up with tip of mascara brush
User applies make-up with tip of mascara brush
User supports herself with her hand against her cheek; she keeps her balance with the other hand
User supports herself with her hand against her cheek; she keeps her balance with the other hand

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Tipsare: Yasmin

Yasmin lives in an apartment. She is working part time. She was injured in 1999 and has a C-5 tetraplgia. Through hand surgery her grip function improved. She has personal assistance 24 hours a day, 7 hours of those are assistance on call.