Accidentally Adaptive: Artis Makeup Brushes

In my Accidentally Adaptive series, I share products or services that aren’t specifically designed to be adaptive but have a particular use for me as a disabled woman.

I am not necessarily the most skilled at doing my own makeup, but it is something I enjoy doing. It’s fun to play around with new products and shades, and try out different looks. It’s one of the few steps of the getting ready process that I can still do mostly independently, but I’ve had to come up with little hacks and workarounds to make it work for me and my mobility. One of the products I’ve found that makes it a little easier for me is my Artis foundation brush.

You’ve probably heard of Artis brushes before – they’ve got a cult following! They’re really densely packed bristles on an oval paddle shape, but have a long, thing handle attached to it. Because it’s so densely packed, you get an airbrush like finish, but the handle and the weight balance makes it really easy to hold and blend in your foundation.

And for me, the handle isn’t just nicely and ergonomically designed – it’s adaptive, too! I can’t lift my arm in the air when I’m putting on my makeup, so I have to reach up to my forehead while my elbow is still resting on my armrest. With a normal makeup brush, it works, but getting the angle right the higher up I go on my face can be tricky. But with the flat oval paddle on the end of the Artis brush, the angle is right no matter what area of my face I’m trying to blend, and the handle makes it easy to reach all the way to the top of my forehead. I use the Elite Oval 7 brush, and it’s just the right size to make blending my foundation easy, but no so big that it can’t get into the smaller areas on my face like under my eyes and around my nose.

And of course, the quality of the brush itself is also amazing. The bristles are so, so soft, and it feels so nice on my face when I’m putting on my foundation. It’s super easy to blend, and it basically gives my skin an airbrush-like finish – it’s seriously so good. I’ve used it with both cream and liquid foundations, and it’s supposed to work with powder foundations, too – I just haven’t personally tried it. I really love it so much!

I actually want to try a few more of their brushes (blush, eyeshadow) too, and see if they make it even easier for me when I’m doing my makeup. I need to build a fully accidentally adaptive set!

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