Beauty is in the Eye…

Asians are said to be obsessed with beauty, particularly when it comes to the eyes.  See the lengths some Asians will go just to reach eye perfection. This piece also appeared in the Spring 2010 issue.

By Jenny Sui

Have you noticed that Asians have single eyelids instead of double eyelids?  It is one of the defining features that make the distinct Asian eyes look smaller in comparison to the eyes of people from other ethnic groups.

A look into the anatomy of the eye shows how Asian eyes appear droopy.  The levator palpebrae superioris is the muscle that lifts the upper eyelid.  In the Asian eye, this muscle is set much lower and closer to the eyelash.  This creates the look of a single eyelid.  For others, this muscle is much higher and connects to the lid in more than one place, so that the crease is more prominent.

There is also fat in your eyes.  The Asian eye contains more fat, which then rests on the levator muscle.  This can push the crease of the eyelid down and prevent it from forming.

Nevertheless, you can permanently have an eyelid crease by going through the Asian blepharoplasty, or double eyelid surgery.  But if surgery isn’t for you, there’s always the eyelid glue or tape to create the illusion of a double eyelid as well.  It is an adhesive you put on your eyelids to lift the skin above your eyelashes.  The glue or tape is placed a few millimeters above the lashes.  To make sure the crease holds, a pick is used to push the skin in.  The crease will stay in place and make your eyes appear bigger without surgery.  Makeup can also be applied to make it look more natural.  Web sites such as Amazon.com and AsiaJam.com sell double eyelid tape for anywhere from $5 to $10.

Another way to create the appearance of having bigger eyes is something called a circle lens.  Circle lens are prescription contact lens with rings.  They are colored and the radius of the color lens is wider than the radius of your iris, therefore creating the illusion of an enlarged iris, and thus an enlarged eye.  It is worn in the same fashion as a regular contact lens.  Circle lens come in vials and can last for up to one year.

Even though these products do exist and can be quite convincing, just remember it’s not necessary to change the look of your eyes to make them appear larger.  Everyone is born with different features; it’s just a matter of embracing what we’re all born with.

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