Sunday, June 28, 2009

Makeup Tentacle strikes back at distracted driving

By David Menzies

Makeup and motorized vehicles seldom go together. Taking your eyes off the road and hands off the steering wheel in order to apply lipstick or eyeliner not only requires considerable ambidextrous skills, but it can be downright dangerous. Yet, what’s a gal to do when time is of the essence and she’s got to get to Point B looking good?
Sharona Kesnig of Richmond Hill, Ont. thinks she might have the answer.
When the registered aesthetician heard that a client had a close call while fumbling with makeup behind the wheel, Kesnig began thinking about a device that would allow driving women to apply makeup in a safe, hands-free fashion.
Her solution: the Makeup Tentacle, a prototype invention that holds makeup in place while allowing the driver to concentrate on the commute at hand.
Kesnig says she was actually inspired by the 2004 flick, Spider-Man 2 – or more accurately, the character of Dr. Octopus. The not-so-good doctor had four mechanized metal tentacles that could expand and contract at will and were adroit at holding myriad items.
The thirtysomething Kesnig sourced material that emulated the appendages. But instead of using it to clobber her friendly neighbourhood wall-crawler, Kesnig’s metallic tentacle is utilized to grasp lipstick, eyeliner and any other makeup applicator a woman requires.
One end of the device is attached to the dashboard of her Dodge Caravan while the other end holds in place the required makeup applicator. The end result: the Makeup Tentacle allows Kesnig to keep her blue-grey eyes on the road and her well-manicured hands firmly on the steering wheel.
“It’s all about enjoying the best of both worlds,” she says. “The Makeup Tentacle allows a woman to concentrate on her driving but she can also arrive at work looking like a million bucks. It’s the perfect device for our time-famished world.”
Kesnig says the device is still in the prototype stage and she has no idea when (or if) it will ever be brought to market. (She welcomes input from others and can be reached at
“It [Makeup Tentacle] could be the next big thing or it might end up being one of those ‘What were they thinking?’ kind of inventions,” she says with a laugh.
In the meantime, Kesnig says she’s happy to own a prototype device that allows her to put on makeup behind the wheel in a completely safe – and non-distracted – fashion.

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sweetie1202 said...

huh? how is that supposed to WORK?!?

Michelle Trinh said...

wow i saw the picture on the article
its super awkward looking!