Why I Willingly Put Tape On My Eyelids Every Morning

Why I Willingly Put Tape On My Eyelids Every Morning

No, I'm Not Trying To Look White.
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Every morning I wake up, brush my teeth, wash and moisturize my face, put tiny pieces of tape on my eyes, then do the rest of my makeup. Whoa, whoa, whoa! You put tape on your eyelids?! Yes, you read that right. I religiously, voluntarily put tape (sometimes I switch it up and use glue) on my eyelids prior to eyeshadow or eyeliner. This concept might be a foreign one to many, but this secret is extremely common to millions of girls who were born with mono-lids or uneven eyelids, like me.

At this point, some might already be confused by the terminology mono-lid. Let me explain. A mono-lid, also known as a single eyelid, looks like this:

On the contrary, the (oh so desirable) double-eyelid looks like this:

That small crease does wonders to one's eyes. Here is a side-by-side comparison:

The double-eyelid tape and glue have become a staple in many girls' makeup bags. However, it is only one part of the big-eyes craze sweeping all of Asia. Eyelid tape or glue are the cheap (and safe) alternatives to getting blepharo­plasty -- or, in simpler words, double-eyelid surgery. In addition to this, many Asian women are getting eyeliner tattoos (my aunts included), and who could forget the amazing circle lenses?

There are so many western outlets reporting on these different Asian crazes that just don't seem to understand why exactly we go through the trouble of putting contacts in our eyes even though we have perfect vision. Or why we spend time putting almost microscopic pieces of tape on our eyelids. Almost all of them report something along the lines of, "The New Asian Craze! Surgeries To Look More Western!

How about we take a step back now. Millions of women in Asia are not gluing their eyelids to appeal to Westerners. They're trying to appeal to Asian standards of beauty. Not to mention, a good chunk of surgeries aren't even for beauty-related reasons. Many women get these surgeries because their eyelids sag so low and interfere with their daily lives.

I, for example, only started using eyelid tape because my left eye had a double-eyelid, while my right eye had a mono-lid. I simply wanted to even them out. I didn't go on Amazon to order the tape and glue with the thought, "Oh boy, this is totally going to make me look Caucasian!" That's absurd.

I started using the tape and glue about four years ago -- my eyes are pretty much permanently even. However, I started using them regularly a few months ago once again because I decided I wanted higher creases. Not because I wanted to look white, but just because I wanted to define my personal look. With higher creases, the possibilities of different makeup looks are so much broader!

I willingly put tape on my eyelids every morning because I want to put tape on my eyelids, not because I'm trying to look less Asian.




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3 Lexington Boutiques To Visit Before You Leave For Break

From a Lexington native and a college student, these Lexington boutiques are the best place to go when shopping for any of your basic closet needs.

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The only thing better than going home for the summer is everyone from your hometown asking you where you got your clothes. "Some boutique in Lexington," you offhandedly reply, knowing that, at least here, you've got the wardrobe no one else does. But these Lexington shops are far from just "some boutique."

With popular shops like Bluetique, Serendipity, and Calypso right on the outskirts of campus and Peplum, Prissy Peach, and James C only a short walk away, it's easy to see why the female college students of Lexington are all so well dressed: they have the best selection.

I had the opportunity to talk with some of the owners of these popular stores, getting all information on just how hard it is to compete with all of the great shops located right here in everyone's favorite city.

1. James C

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The newest of these hot shopping spots is James C, formerly known as Fig Leaf. Owned by Carrie Burkett, a former employee of the previous store, James C has the perfect mix of style for just about everyone's taste. Carrie herself told me that after working for Fig Leaf, she wanted to expand upon the customer base and have a store where "anybody at any age could come in here and find something."

2. Peplum

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Peplum, a store just a few steps around the corner to Burkett's new business, is also a popular spot for shoppers. Peplum, being a more upscale boutique is targeted toward not only college students but also women that live here in the Chevy Chase area of Lexington. Peplum owner, Lauren West, says that despite the fact that many Lexington boutiques can tend to carry some of the same brands, she goes to market at least four times a year to keep her store stocked with new and exciting trends. Lauren says that she wants the shoppers of Lexington to know that, by shopping at Peplum, you can have the high-end brands and "don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to look good!"

3. Serendipity

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Serendipity, who will be celebrating their second birthday this December, is another local shop that competes with Bluetique's street customers. Upon entering Serendipity, it's easy to see why so many female students talk so highly of it; the clothes that store owner, Jenna Ballinger, keeps in her store show a great difference in style compared to some of the other shops that keep the same brand in them.

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