Woman Goes Blind So Her Husband Of 56 Years Takes Makeup Lessons To Help Her

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Des and Mona Manahan have been married for an impressive 56 years — and their bond has only gotten stronger over the past few months.

Mona has been losing her eyesight in her left eye for quite some time. She also struggles to hold things properly, as her hands are very shaky. Overall, it’s been difficult for her to apply makeup like she used to.

Last year, Mona decided to hire a professional makeup artist to do up her face for a birthday party. It was then when Des decided he needed to learn the ropes, too.

“Des took the brushes from my hand and wanted to have a try,” makeup artist Rosie O’Driscoll told the BBC.

Des now helps his wife apply her makeup on a regular basis, and “he’s a natural,” Rosie said.

The Irish couple’s story attracted the attention of Mario Dedivanovic, a New York City makeup artist who paints the face of none other than Kim Kardashian. Mario recently invited Des to one of his master classes in London.

What a beautiful love story…

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