Health & Fit: Selma Blair says ability-inclusive tools helped her fall back in love with makeup after her MS diagnosis

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  • Selma Blair told InStyle that she avoided looking in the mirror after she received MS treatment.
  • She said ability-inclusive makeup tools changed that, helping her to feel "alive" again.
  • The actress was diagnosed with MS in 2018 and has been vocal about her experiences.

Selma Blair has opened up about living with multiple sclerosis and how ability-inclusive makeup tools helped her feel "alive" after she received treatment for the chronic nervous system disorder.

The "Legally Blonde" actor was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease known as MS in 2018 after experiencing symptoms for several years. As Insider previously reported, MS disrupts the nervous system's communication between the brain and body, and often begins with blurred or double vision. Symptoms after that can include muscle weakness, balance and coordination difficulty, numbness, partial or complete paralysis, speech impediments, tremors, and dizziness.

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Speaking to InStyle's Madeline Hirsch on Thursday, Blair said that her love for makeup and fashion came to a brief halt after she began to receive treatment for MS.

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"After I had treatment, I'd honestly, like, stopped looking in the mirror," Blair said.

"My hair was short, I was bloated, I had alopecia on my lashes and my face. And it was all so much effort — I sometimes don't see well — so I just stopped, and I didn't think I missed it," Blair added.

Blair told the publication that discovering the ability-inclusive makeup brand Guide Beauty "was a real turning point" for her. The company was founded in 2020 by Terri Bryant, a makeup artist who was inspired to create inclusive and accessible beauty products after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, according to the company's website.

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Blair became Guide Beauty's chief creative officer earlier this year and is working with the company to promote accessible makeup tools, including easy-grip makeup brushes and guide wands for applying eyeliner. Products on the company's online store range between $24 and $79.

The actor shared a video of herself using the brushes and guide wand on Instagram, in collaboration with Guide Beauty, in July. The video has over 163,000 likes as of Friday.

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"You'll make do with [adapted] designs that may not be ideal," Blair told InStyle of her own experience using accessible makeup tools. "But, when something like this comes along, you're like, 'Oh, actually, this is easier.'

"I started really coming alive, and that's what we love about makeup," she said.

Blair has used her public profile to raise awareness of MS

Blair has been vocal about her experience with MS after publicly sharing her diagnosis in an October 2018 Instagram post.

"I am disabled," Blair wrote on Instagram. "I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don't know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best."

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During a talk at the Time 100 Health Summit in 2019, Blair said she shared her diagnosis publicly because she was afraid people would mistake her symptoms for alcohol abuse, "because I have a history of that." The actor opened up about her struggles with alcohol in her memoir, "Mean Baby," in which she wrote that she got drunk for the first time as a 7-year-old. While Blair struggled with alcohol throughout her adult life, she previously told People that she has been sober since 2016.

Blair has been praised for raising awareness of MS by attending Hollywood events with her cane. In February 2019, she walked the Vanity Fair's Oscar after-party with a custom cane that matched her multicolored gown and flowing cape. And in December 2021, she walked with a cane at The Hollywood Reporter's 29th annual Women in Entertainment event.

Selma Blair attends The Hollywood Reporter's 29th Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast in December 2021. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Selma Blair attends The Hollywood Reporter's 29th Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast in December 2021. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Blair was honored at the event with the Equity in Entertainment Award. According to The Hollywood Reporter, upon accepting the award, she said the entertainment industry should work more with those in the disability community.

"Seek out the other stories. Take the phone calls," she said. "Hire other disabled people in front of and behind the camera, not because it is the right thing to do, although it is, but because you and whatever project you are working on will be better for having done so."

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