A devoted 84-year-old husband has learnt how to do his wife’s make-up before she loses her sight.
Mona Monahan, 83, from Waterford, Ireland, suffers from deteriorating eyesight and will one day be completely blind.
But her husband Des wants to make sure she continues to look and feel her best, even when she cannot see herself in the mirror.
He said: ‘Mona’s eyesight is deteriorating and she won’t be able to do her make-up in the future so I thought the quicker I learnt the better.’
The couple have been going to make-up lessons at their local Debenhams store since October and Mr Monahan can now confidently apply a whole look, including lipstick, bronzer and eyeliner.
Mrs Monahan said: ‘Des uses eyeliners and lipsticks I wouldn’t be able to use myself.
‘I struggle to see the colours of different shades now but thanks to Des I now know my makeup will always look great.’
The Monahans met make-up artist Rosie O’Driscoll, 43, at the Benefit counter after booking in for a lesson.
Mr Monahan took the brushes from Ms O’Driscoll, telling her ‘that’s easy, I can do that’.
He said: ‘After asking Rosie to do her make-up when we visited the Benefit counter I just picked up the brushes and started asking how to do it.
‘Rosie has been a great friend to us and we go in daily to see her and so I can get more tips.
‘It all started last October but I am now so confident with using make-up that I could even teach my own class.’
The make-up artist said: ‘They are such a lovely couple and Des loved learning how to help Mona from the very beginning. It was obvious Mona was losing her sight and he wanted to help her in any way he could.
‘I know from being in the makeup industry that applying make-up each morning helps people with their confidence as well as it being something they enjoy.’
The trio has since become friends, with Ms O’Driscoll visiting the couple at home for tea.
Ms O’Driscoll added: ‘I’m thrilled that Des now has the confidence to start trialling new looks.
‘When we first started he had no idea what brushes to use for each part of the face but now he’s an expert.
‘We have such a laugh when they come onto the counter at Benefit but we are friends outside of Debenhams too.
‘Des and Mona’s story shows that no matter your age or gender there is always new skills that can be learnt.’
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