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Selma Blair praised for video showing reality of applying make-up with MS

The US actress revealed she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October

American actress Selma Blair poses at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, in her first public appearance since she was diagnosed with MS in October. EPA
American actress Selma Blair poses at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, in her first public appearance since she was diagnosed with MS in October. EPA

Since revealing her multiple sclerosis diagnosis back in October, actress Selma Blair has been talking candidly about living with the disease on her social media accounts.

And fellow celebrities have jumped to praise the star for her latest post, in which she light-heartedly jokes about struggling to apply make-up.

Posting a video to her Instagram account, the 46-year-old revealed that her application usually left her friends and manager “rubbing her face” all day to correct her make-up.

“Here is my solution to applying makeup with a lack of fine motor skills. #laugh and feel free to reapply my makeup. #makeuptutorial #real,” Blair captioned a video, in which she rubs a large round powder all over her face while laughing loudly.

Once she is finished applying her make-up, she smiles for the camera, saying: “There! Done. Stop. Bye!”

Blair’s celebrity friends were quick to comment on the post, praising her approach for dealing with the disease.

Actress Debra Messing said: “OMG you are so funny! I love you so much Selma”. Brooke Shields wrote: “You are so beautiful you don’t need make[up] but I agree with a big brush always. Love you. B.”

Kris Jenner, whom Blair played in the TV drama The People V OJ Simpson, said “What a ROCKSTAR you are… I adore you….sending you tons of love today my girl” to which she replied “@krisjenner better send some bronzer”.

Blair made her first public appearance since sharing the news of her diagnosis at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in February, posing on the red carpet in a floor-length caped gown and a custom cane.

Speaking in her first interview since her diagnosis on Good Morning America, Blair said: “I had tears. They weren’t tears of panic. They were tears of knowing I now had to give in to a body that had loss of control, and there was some relief in that.

“Being able to just put out what being in the middle of an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis is like," she went on to say. "So my speech, as you’ll notice, I have spasmodic dysphonia right now… It is interesting to put it out there, to be here to say this is what my particular case looks like right now."

She went on to add that telling her son has been the most difficult part of the process for her.

"I did have to tell him after the MRI. I said, ‘I have something called multiple sclerosis,'" she said. " And he almost cried and said, ‘Will it kill you?’ And I said, ‘No. I mean, we never know what kills us, Arthur. But this is not the doctor telling me I’m dying.’ And he was like, ‘Oh, OK,’ and that was it."

Updated: April 2, 2019 11:58 AM

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