Lucy Edwards went blind when she was 17. But that hasn’t kept her from filming tutorials in which she teaches girls how to apply their makeup.
I can’t even get into the red hair envy I have when I look at 19-year-old vlogger Lucy Edwards because today I’m going to instead focus on my makeup envy. Edwards was diagnosed with a rare disorder when she was 11 and partially lost sight, then lost all sight about two years ago. It’s devastating to think about how the teen’s life has drastically changed overnight.
One thing that hasn’t changed: She’s stunning and puts us all to shame with her serious makeup skills. Her YouTube channel, YesterdaysWishes, has thousands of subscribers who are drawn to her passion for makeup, knowledge and just plain sweet personality. She credits the channel with keeping her feeling upbeat at a time when life was throwing all kinds of obstacles her way.
Edwards’ best-sister-in-the-world Alice worked with her for about a year to teach the college student how to get glam without a mirror. If you’re thinking: Well, that’s just impossible, trust me, I’m with you. But we’re wrong because, after gliding her eyeliner on just a bit too thick a few too many times, Edwards has mastered the art of applying foundation, eye makeup and lipstick no matter where she is on the planet.
Which makes her, in the eyes of beauty mavens everywhere, a freaking superhero.
We aren’t going to give away all of Edwards’ tips and secrets because there are a million reasons why you should watch the video below and subscribe to YesterdaysWishes, but we will say this: She’s dead-on about using a brush instead of a silly, skinny little pencil for eyebrows — which just doesn’t allow for the same kind of stability. We’re also going to take her word on applying powder on top of her contour makeup because it still beats the hell out of us how to contour without looking like zebras.
Since she is unable to see, Edwards says she has come to rely on the opinion of others to tell her when her lipstick is off, which has to be difficult because every woman’s feelings about makeup are personal. In many ways, the way we apply our eyeshadow becomes as much a part of us as our own natural eyelid. In addition to trusting others, the teen also reminds us of the importance of choosing makeup brushes wisely because the right one can mean the difference between looking naturally flushed and looking as though you’ve applied war paint.
I’m just going to take everything Edwards says as gospel because the lady knows her stuff — and, as you’ll see, goes from naturally beautiful to Gisele Gorgeous in a few makeup strokes: