Lets first start out with the unfamiliar term presented in the title…Synkinesis means the development of linked or unwanted facial movements. It is common and occurs in the majority of individuals who are recovering from prolonged facial palsy. Are you one of these lucky people like I am?
Synkinesis “simultaneous movement” occurs after Bell’s palsy OR instances like my own, where the facial nerve has been cut and sewn back together. Unfortunately, during this type of medical procedure, the facial nerve fibers can potentially reconnect to the wrong nerve group, resulting in linked or unwanted facial movements. I know, sounds pretty exciting.
Thankfully, there are medical procedures that help with this unwanted facial movement today. There are ALSO makeup tricks that can contribute to creating an illusion of your synkinesis.
The biggest issue I have had with synkinesis was the dryness, unevenness, and closing of my left eye while trying to smile. Although makeup did not magically help my synkinesis completely disappear, certain products definitely helped my left eye appear more open and balanced with my right.
Below, Shop The Products section of this post has the illuminating eye brighteners that I have had success with. What I like to do is apply this type of product after I have finished my makeup evenly on both sides. I then subtlety apply the illuminator only around the affected eye to help it appear more open. In the photo below, as you can see, my make up is fully complete and I am showing you the areas of where I have applied Benefit Cosmetics Ooh La Lift on my the left eye (synkinesis side) as well as an after shot. (Sorry for the glare on the first photo, it is the extra light from my LuMee case).
I know that this is a very simple technique but even the most basic beauty tricks can make all of the difference in how you look and feel. Stay tuned for the more advanced 🙂 XO