Tuesday 19 June 2018

'I've learned that eyebrows should be sisters, not twins' - After 56 years of marriage husband learns how to do wife's make-up as she loses her sight

Des and Mona are married 56 years Photo: RTE
Des and Mona are married 56 years Photo: RTE
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

An elderly couple melted the heart of the nation tonight as they shared the story of how they met and how they continue to love and support each other after 56 years of marriage.

Des Manahan told Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show how he began learning about make-up after his wife Mona started losing her sight.

"I used to complain about eyebrows ladies and how they aren't even. This afternoon I was told that eyebrows are supposed to be sisters, not twins," Des said.

Mona said that she loves getting her make-up done.

"I'm absolutely delighted. I was brought up with a pot of cold cream and nothing else and I never knew a thing about makeup. I was always afraid of it."

Monsa said that she approached make-up artist Rosie in Debenhams one day and asked for a natural look.

"It was beautiful and natural. I didn't want big black eyebrows. She's very restrained and an expert."

Des is now the expert as he applies Mona's make-up for her at home.

The couple met in 1952 and have been married for 56 years and recently renewed their vows in Vegas for their 50th wedding anniversary.

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