Feeling a bit pessimistic about humankind? In need of a pick-me-up heartwarming story? Look no further than Des Monahan, who was learnt to do his wife’s make-up before she loses her sight.
Mona Monahan, 83, from Waterford, Ireland, suffers from deteriorating eyesight. Tragically, before long, she will be completely blind.
Step forward Des, 84, who has truly come into his own as a doting husband, mastering the craft Mona may soon not be able to do herself.
Mona’s eye sight 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.
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 make-up will always look great.
The pair have been attending make-up lessons at their local Debenhams since last October. Thanks to the sessions, Des now knows his way around applying lippy, bronzer and eyeliner.
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.
Make-up artist Rosie O’Driscoll, 43, 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 make-up industry that applying make-up each morning helps people with their confidence as well as it being something they enjoy.
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.
What a lovely, if bittersweet, story. Dealing with one of life’s curveballs in a simple yet astounding way. Des and Mona are an example to us all.
All the best guys.
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