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Are Accessible Cosmetics the Final Frontier in Makeup Inclusivity?

  • July 08, 2020

In March 2010, Terri Bryant, a makeup artist and educator, began noticing slight changes to her skill set. Stiffness spanned from her left shoulder down to her fingers, which she was unable to move independently. By 2012, it was taking her a really long time to apply her clients’ makeup. At a wedding, she couldn’t get the bride’s eyebrows to look balanced.

“Makeup artistry has been such a big part of my life,” Ms. Bryant, 47, said. “Yes, it’s my livelihood, but it’s also my creative outlet. It’s been a way I’ve connected with people over the years. The thought of losing that was devastating.”

When doing her own makeup became a challenge, Ms. Bryant could no longer ignore her physical symptoms. In 2015, after visiting a doctor, she learned she had Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder that can cause stiffness, shaking and coordination difficulty.

“There is some sense of relief to finally know what’s going on,” said Ms. Bryant, who currently lives in Winter Park, Fla. “Once you know what you’re dealing with, you can take action.”

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