A wise man once said, 'Love is blind'. However, even a man as clever as Geoffrey Chaucer probably didn't have an elderly Irish couple in mind - he was probably trying to make some smart arsed point.
That said, it is an elderly Irish couple that are proving that his words are as true now as they were hundreds of years ago.
Let me explain, Mona Monahan is 83-years-old and losing her sight. As a result of this she will one day be blind and not be able to apply her own make-up. With that in mind, her loving husband Des has been practising to learn how to apply his wife's make-up for her so she can continue to wear it once her sight has faded.
If you don't think that is one of the sweetest things you've heard in ages you're possibly a horrible person and very probably going to hell.
Des says that he couldn't stand the idea that his wife would not be able to look and feel her best even though she won't be able to see.
As anyone with a husband/boyfriend also knows, it's a great leap of faith and confidence in Des' ability to successfully apply make-up without making her look like a clown.
True love, indeed.
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Des said: "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."
So, off they went to Debenhams last October and began a course of make-up classes.
It turns out that the 84-year-old Waterford man is actually a bit of a natural at it. In fact, he can now apply the whole shebang without fuss and to an acceptable standard
Mona 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."
Des managed to learn so quickly under the tutelage of Benefit make-up artist Rosie O'Driscoll. They met after Rosie did Mona's make-up one day and Des took the brush from her and started learning for himself.
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He continued: "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."
Rosie, Des, and Mona have since become good friends and meet up outside of the shop for tea. Rosie is obviously very proud of her pupil.
She said: "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."
Go on, Des LAD.
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