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This week we play with Eyelid tape, which is something that is totally new to us.

What is Eyelid Tape? Eyelid tape is something that gives you a crease in your eyelid, which makes it look like a double eyelid. What is a double eyelid? Hell if we know. We just heard about it when we came to Korea! That look of having a crease in your eyelid is a “double eyelid,” and it’s highly desirable in Asia. Why it’s so highly desirable is beyond us. It’s not something we ever noticed ourselves. What’s ironic about it is that – from what we’ve been told – it’s to make Asian eyes look more Western…but it’s not something that we’ve ever, ever noticed. Maybe we’re just bad westerners, out of tune with our westernicity? Who knows. We just wish that the madness would stop. You can see pictures of Double Eyelids here if you don’t know what we’re talking about.

I hope we’re not being too strong or insensitive about this, but we really think that this is kinda silly. We feel bad that so many people have the idea ingrained that double eyelids is an issue, and that not having them would make you want to get surgery to fix it. It seems so unnoticeable and just not worth it to us, and it’s sad that students, STUDENTS, are getting this done, and that parents think it’s ok. Like, your present for doing well last semester was cosmetic surgery. Ah. Plastic surgery is so big here in Korea, unfortunately, and Double Eyelid surgery is a big part of it. We don’t agree with it, and we wished that people stopped worrying about the looks of their eyelids.

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  1. I wonder if all whites have some kind of a superior complex. They seems to think that all of non white ethic groups want to be look more like them as seeing it is mentioned above that “it’s because they want to make asian eyes more westerners”. May i ask you since when Did double eyelid are represented as the feature of “whites”? If my eyesights aren’t proved to bad, i can clearly see a bunch of non-white people with double eyelids Anywhere. Black and latin people ALL OF THEM have big round double eyelids for godness sake. Or am i retarded to say this? What makes me feel more dumb founded is do white people also think ALL of asians are born with single eyelids? It’s kind of funny because in my family, My father, two aunts on my mother sides, one of my grandfather, several of my cousins, some people in law, a few of my uncles on my father side they are all have double eyelids. I guess they are not asians lol. But they ARE. I wonder if you guys are also brainwashed by the hollywood media or something. We do also are born with double eyelids and it is also the feature of our ethic groups. It’s not really neccessary for you guys to judge and feel sorry on the behalf of us. If you think we are all equire then let the things straight, do some research. I’m pretty sure they didn’t put the eyelid tapes on their eyes or undergo eyelid surgery thinking “I want to be white! If i put some tapes on my eyes or undergo the surgery i would look like one of them!”. You know who’s being silly? I guess you know now. But don’t get the wrong idea that i extremely support the cosmetic surgery and that’s why i was offended. I’m just saying you guys shouldn’t judge people and generalize them. Though it may seem like to you guys it’s the selfㅡesteem issue as in how ungrateful and unrespectful asians seem to consider about the way they looks, double eyelids are also our feature in the first place as i said so it doesn’t neccessarily mean we try to get rid of our default feature. And more important, you never know what these people went through or if they were born with blepharoptosis(i’m also the one who was born with it and underwent the surgery because of it. If you don’t know it PLEASE do some research before accusing me of having wanted to be white.) or something. Of course there are vain people out there. But you know the vain personality isn’t just exclusive for asians. And if it isn’t the case that we are all vain and want to be white, we don’t need your pity and to hear it’s because we want to be white. Who are we to judge about other people’s decision? It’s none of our business, don’t you think? I hope you guys understood what i mean. I wish people didn’t jump up to the conclusion and be judgemental.

  2. I’m not hating on this video. I just wanted to say that you put the tape on all wrong. The plastic applicator is there for a reason lol. There’s YouTube videos showing how to use the tape :)

  3. I have small ‘bedroom eyes’ and huge double eyelids. Like this:

    I’ve been made fun of for my eyes having a sleepy look or having half open eyes. Hey, as long as I have eyes to see from, I don’t care how they look

  4. I had “sang-ga-pul” (double-eyelid) surgery done in my 20s and I am SOOO glad I did. Why? It wasn’t to look more beautiful. I think I look the same. BUT now I can actually apply eye liner and eye shadow. I also no longer have to deal with my super straight eyelashes poking into my eyeballs each time my single eyelid blinked (ouch!). That being said, I’ve seem some REALLY bad eye-jobs so fork out the cash for a reputable surgeon!

  5. Read a book about gene and cultures, ull learn a lot from It.
    One big Pepsi head

  6. Wow self-esteem boost woot! But in all seriousness I had no idea double eyelids were desirable in any way shape or form. I thought I was the abnormal guy with double eyelids O.O

  7. Habada Abada

    Look, I really respect you guys and as a Korean, I appreciate that you are promoting Korean culture and all. However, I have to say that I am quite disappointed with your “take”on this issue. As white people, you wouldn’t understand any of the pressures that we go through. To you, getting plastic surgery may be a joke and using these tapes may seem “silly,” but in reality, I face this issue every single day internally and externally. It’s quite condescending for you to even talk about this because you would never be able to walk in our shoes and I’m very offended by your opinions. If you don’t understand something that is everyday life for Koreans, why do you live in Korea the first place? Also, not all Asians use this tape to look more white or westernized. FYI, a double eyelid actually makes your eye bigger, a quality that many Asians want, not just to look white. About plastic surgery, aside from the issue of “Asians who want to look more white,” if someone wants to look better, prettier, more attractive, and more, what gives you the right to say that he/she shouldn’t? If if makes them happy, that’s what it is. Everyone has something that he/she is not happy about, and if his/her look, one quality or feature, or more bothers him/her, he/she have the right to whatever they want. To be honest, as much as I appreciate your liking and promoting Korean culture and all, I am very disappointed in the ways you guys do these reviews. But then again, I wouldn’t expect much because you guys are not asian and would never understand.

    • well i’m trying to understand why korean or asian ppl want to have double eyelid look. As you said, you’re Korean, and you face this matter everyday…what is it that you find beautiful about the double eyelid? I’m from South america and i really find the monolid and asian looking eyes really beautiful and atractive, i think it give a mysterious look which i find awesome. maybe a benefit i find about double eyelids is that having a moving lid (i’m assuming double eyelids are what i call moving and static eyelids) gives more space to apply make up but that’s it.

  8. ok so like non asians can have double eyelids cuz i have them

  9. Lol I want to get single eyelids like Korean people and Korean people want double eyelids? thats truly interesting hahah <3

  10. lol funny. I have double eyelid and I /am/ asian (Indonesian) but I look like I haven’t sleep for 3 days straight. Well yeah it must be because of my eye bags, but ugh, this ‘plastic face’ endemic MUST stop. It’s not good for your physic and mental health. Not all people fond of plastic surgery yo. Most people I know find plastic surgery is disgusting, making you fake etc, etc, etc. 

    and even though you’ve done it doesn’t mean your kid will be as beautiful as you. They still inherit your ‘bad’ genes. 

  11. Jihye Han

    It’s not so much about making eyes look westernized as it is about having them look *bigger* and the *ideal shape for make-up*

    The western eye explanation is kind of insulting to me (Korean). This assumes that asians instinctively think natural asian features are inferior. It’s not inferior, it simply doesn’t fit in with modern Korea’s obsession with make up. And today’s make-up follows western trends, that assumes you have eyelid space and a crease to work with. Nobody says “damn, I wanna look American.” They say “my eyes are so small! my eyeliner doesn’t show! I want to wear eyeshadows!”

    Koreans are actually rather fond of large, well-defined, single-lidded eyes. People with this rarity are often complimented- much more so than those with double-lidded eyes.

  12. I just saw this product advertised on TV (in the USA). it’s being marketed as a way to lift up drooping eyelids for older women. It made me laugh so hard to see old white ladies putting on double eyelid tape. It did seem to work though….

  13. We’re our own worst enemy. I have epicanthic (single) eyelids and I have no intention of getting double eyelid surgery, but I’d like to put it out there.

    For one, it’s definitely easier to put eye make-up on double eyelids and once it’s on, it looks more aesthetically pleasing to the eye (when I put eyeliner on, I have to draw a really thick line to get it to show and when I blink or look down, you see it and it looks almost clownish).

    Another reason is because having a crease makes your eyes look bigger and more defined. Us single eyelidders don’t have anything to frame our eyes other than our eyebrows, which is why we want to either fake a crease with make-up or eyelid tape.

    One other reason is because the beauty industry seems to do all their make-up suited to double eyelidders (especially on YouTube; you’ll find many more YouTubers with creases or double eyelids than ones with single eyelids) and we can’t pull off the make-up that they do. We feel that people don’t really pay attention to other types of eye shapes and it makes us feel ugly as a result.

    It’s really sad, but mostly it’s the beauty industry and pressure that makes us want to do these kind of things and I definitely second april schmidt; I like my eyelids because I don’t want to look like everyone else: if everyone looked like everyone, the whole world would be so boring. I think people with creases or double eyelids wouldn’t understand what single eyelidders think about this topic; it may not be a big deal to you, but it is quite a big deal to us. I suppose it’s one of those things you’d need to actually experience to know. You do eventually get over it though and it makes us feel good to know that people think single eyelids look exotic and mysterious and different. Sorry this was a long ass essay, but I write it… so YOU don’t have to ;P

  14. My mom, who is Korean, has one double eyelid and one single eyelid and she puts the glue for false eyelashes in the crease of the single eyelid to make it appear that both eyes match.  Hopefully that is what some other people are doing with the tape too, instead of just giving themselves double eyelids.

    • Impeding Lies

      Omg that is so cool!
      Wow! It is fascinating genetic diversity!

    • Anastasia Hadiputro

      I’m the same as your mom. I have only one double eyelid (right eye). I knew that I only had one but somehow I forgot about it over the years. So this one time for valentines my friend who really likes to wear make up thought it would be fun to put make up on me (I have no idea how to use make up at all). After she was done putting on the liquid eyeliner we were confused because the eyeliners looked weird, so she added to the side that looked like it had less, but it just kept getting worse. All of a sudden I remember that I only have one double eyelid. That’s probably why I don’t like makeups.

  15. Knowing that I am going to Korea next year and learning about such things as eyelid tape really makes me think about how much I don’t like my own xy and z. I may just have to stop with the copious amounts of mascara and eyeshadow and let my odd-shaped native eyes just BE! It would be quite hypocritical of me otherwise. *sigh* so much to learn! Thanks for the video :)

  16. april schmidt

    This issue is pretty interesting to me as a Korean-adopted female with monolids. As with most monlidded people, I too have been made fun of extensively for having “funny looking” eyes. I’d considered surgery when I was an angsty, surrounded-by-all-white-people teen… but as an adult I’m so happy that I stayed the way I am.
    I think feeling conscious of having monolids is not different than other people being embarrassed about moles, large noses or small breasts. Everyone has their physical hang ups (about features that they’re genetically predisposed to have, btw)! I guess double-eyelid tape seems, to me, like getting push up bras rather than getting breast implants. A way less permanent solution for an un-desired physical trait. … Everyone has been made fun of for their appearance. It’s just unfortunate that the monolid issue has become a feature that many people find completely unacceptable, rather than just unfavorable.
    I know of some Korean girls who have considered double-eyelid surgery (called blepharoplasty) for cosmetic as well as health reasons, which is something that doesn’t usually come up. Some people have more severe monolids than others and their eyelashes can actually scratch their eye surfaces, which is painful and dangerous to the eye. I know that I have issues where I can always see my eyelashes, which are pretty long, because they slant downwards over my eyes. This can become very aggravating when I stop and pay attention to it. (Thank goodness for eyelash curlers, I suppose, haha).
    I like having monolids. I look very different from all my friends and family and get to say screw-you to American magazines that tell Asian girls to only use matte, brown eyeshadow. Check out GaIn! She’s gorgeous and has monolids. I don’t think she’d be any more beautiful with double-eyelids (taped or surgery-ified). It’s fun to buck convention.  =)
    Totally random, but kind of related… I sometimes enjoy saying “monolid” like “hominid” (the way the Boomers say in Gears of War). Try it sometime… it’s way more amusing than it should be.

  17. april schmidt

    This issue is pretty interesting to me as a Korean-adopted female with monolids. As with most monlidded people, I too have been made fun of extensively for having “funny looking” eyes. I’d considered surgery when I was an angsty, surrounded-by-all-white-people teen… but as an adult I’m so happy that I stayed the way I am.
    I think feeling conscious of having monolids is not different than other people being embarrassed about moles, large noses or small breasts. Everyone has their physical hang ups (about features that they’re genetically predisposed to have, btw)! I guess double-eyelid tape seems, to me, like getting push up bras rather than getting breast implants. A way less permanent solution for an un-desired physical trait. … Everyone has been made fun of for their appearance. It’s just unfortunate that the monolid issue has become a feature that many people find completely unacceptable, rather than just unfavorable.
    I know of some Korean girls who have considered double-eyelid surgery (called blepharoplasty) for cosmetic as well as health reasons, which is something that doesn’t usually come up. Some people have more severe monolids than others and their eyelashes can actually scratch their eye surfaces, which is painful and dangerous to the eye. I know that I have issues where I can always see my eyelashes, which are pretty long, because they slant downwards over my eyes. This can become very aggravating when I stop and pay attention to it. (Thank goodness for eyelash curlers, I suppose, haha).
    I like having monolids. I look very different from all my friends and family and get to say screw-you to American magazines that tell Asian girls to only use matte, brown eyeshadow. Check out GaIn! She’s gorgeous and has monolids. I don’t think she’d be any more beautiful with double-eyelids (taped or surgery-ified). It’s fun to buck convention.  =)
    Totally random, but kind of related… I sometimes enjoy saying “monolid” like “hominid” (the way the Boomers say in Gears of War). Try it sometime… it’s way more amusing than it should be.

  18. well some people with very small eyes have kind of sleepy look
    you gotta admit you know what kind of eye I am talking about
    sometimes people make fun of that too, like hey wake up! or something
    I think most people with asian eyes are beautiful
    I have “double eyelid” too and I envy those who have pretty eyes with non-double eye lid

    surgery tear your eyes inward or outward is new thing in Korea too
    like.. its been there for like 10 years?
    The idea creeps me out too and I heard that its very painful
    But I heard that it makes your eyes prettier tho
    I also heard that in time the cutted-open ends sticks back together

  19. of course you think its silly, that’s because a lot of westeners are indeed very insensitive and think this is a funny thing. You don’t even know how much pressure you get from society because of your appearance. It’s true, I’m an Asian guy with single eyelids who had to endure unpleasant remarks about my eyes while living in both, Europe and Asia. Of course some people don’t bother, but when i moved to Asia, I started to get this insecure feeling that I’m missing something. It’s not silly, it’s just very sad and unfortunate that I’m not comfortable with what I am. And if you don’t notice a difference after putting on tape or whatsover, then it’s either because the person doesn’t know how to apply tapes well or you are just insensitive. There is a difference, that might be in changing the shape of the eye or making it bigger etc. But i guess this kind of frustration is something Westerners will never understand. and that is truly pityful.

    • Impeding Lies

      I don’t think western guys would understand, they are pretty much aloud to look, dress, smell however they walk as long as they shower every once in a while. Western girls/women have lots of pressure on how they look though. Not maybe over all the same things but still lots of pressure. We can empathize.

    • You think we don’t experience any pressure from our Western society or Korean society because of our appearances? Leaving out Western pressure, in Korea I have never felt so stressed out about my body. Diet suggestions everywhere, “free” size clothing that doesn’t fit over my curvy body, plastic surgery adds all over place; I even had a guy approach me with a business card to advertising his clinic so I could get my nose done (what’s wrong with my nose?) and countless amounts of people telling me to remove the “blemish” on my face so I could be more pretty, aka the big beauty mark that I’ve had since I was a little kid. No thanks.

      The point is not the eyelid tape, it’s that people should take a step back and acknowledge that social pressure to change your looks to fit some magical social box of beauty is silly, no matter which society you live in.  -Martina

      ps-> This is not an angry comment, this is a passionate one! :D

  20. Anonymous

    ok, a lot of asians have double eyelids, most that I know do, even though they can be really small and hidden or whatever. the asians that want double eyelids are not trying to look like westerners for pete’s sake. they just want to be prettier. enhancing eyes usually makes people prettier. i mean everyone has traits they’re not comfortable with, i bet if it was less dangerous and expensive they’d want to maybe change it, whether a big nose, or fuller lips. i’m not agreeing with the people who change they’re eyes but i think it’s important to understand them and look at it in a different perspective. but it’s important for everyone in general to embrace the way they naturally look. & yea if a guy just liked u for ur eyes, there’s a problem, haha 

  21. Anonymous

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAH i’m korean and this totally cracked me up <3
    i have double eye-lids but my cousin didnt then she got surgery for it.. she looks really pretty now though, not gonna lie haha.
    i mean. well. yuah.
    it may not mean much to some people, but korean girls, we all watch like dramas and stuff and see all these pretty women on tv and allllll of them have double eye-lids so.. that may be why..

    • I think it’s because double eyeids a) make the eyes bigger and b) make it sooo much easier to put make up on. I have single eyelids, and because of the way single eyelids are, I would have to put like a metre of eyeliner on just for it to show on the top lid just a smidge, while people with double lids just…draw a line lol.

  22. DUDE THEY HAVE THESE IN THE STATES NOW!! lol :D

  23. DUDE THEY HAVE THESE IN THE STATES NOW!! lol :D

  24. Victoriabenn

    Just saw a commercial for these in the States!!!

  25. Most of my friends say that double-eye lids are good because they’re so much easier to put on eye shadow. When you have a mono-lid you don’t know where to stop. One of my friends has one mono and one double and she said that whenever she puts on makeup it looks better on the double. Thank goodness I have a double, even though its small.

  26. Alda Tenorio

    So this totally reminded me of a late night infomercial I saw a few weeks ago (I’m in Southern California) that was being marketed towards older females with “droopy/saggy/hooded” eyelids, and it was for a product exactly like the one you’re showing! I couldn’t find the original infomercial video but this one is pretty similar to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CFqzw9_1BY

    I find it funny that what’s being marketed towards a young generation in one country is being marketed toward the elderly in another. On their website I also find it interesting that they only stuck with using the product in on manner, which is pulling back the top “heavy” part of the lid that sits on the bottom lid (if that makes any sense) and everyone already has the double eyelid in the 1st place.

    I guess in the end we all want to achieve the same look, regardless of age or if you already have the double eyelid.

  27. Dave Freeland

    great closing advice for Korean girls.
    It would be nice that you have pictures of examples of applied double eyelids or results of the surgery you speak of…. maybe in future video’s// perhaps it would take longer to edit but I’m sure it’d be appreciated.
    U guys rock!

  28. My university-age students tell me this is popular with high school girls who have not yet gotten their “graduation” surgery.

  29. One of my eyes doesn't have a double eyelid, and I have always hated it, lol. My mother had surgery when she was young to correct hers.

  30. look at this its so funny :p u will enjoy it hehehe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3EuZuc0HIc&fe

  31. Well, I’m Indonesian and most of our people have big eyes.
    I have small eyes like Korean people so I can understand them.
    My friends always joke with me by saying: you should respect other people, open your eyes when you laugh..
    I know they’re only kidding, so I don’t really feel hurt.
    Besides, some of my friends like my eyes too.

    So, as for me, I don’t really think having big eyes is a necessity.

  32. Hong MeiLi

    My Friend does this because she wants bigger eyes. But you guys are supposed to put the tape at the very base of your eyelid where the lashes and skin meet so when you open your eye the lid is pushed up.

  33. Ha Sang Min

    I think I heard something about that double-eyelids suff from NEWS
    and the reporter said that stuff is really dangerous.

  34. The big reason for the double-eyelids is for the large size. A lot of Asian beauty desirables have been this way for centuries even dating back to the Chinese dynasties. People just say so it's more western because it's similar to describing a white person. I think due to Asians having monolids usually, the rarity of the double eyelids (back then) was amazing~ Nowadays, it's just following tradition.

    I don't understand the whole double eyelids either even though I'm Korean-Japanese but…maybe it's because I'm half mono and half double. Idk, some people if not most people don't notice the difference. It's not a big thing to worry about.

  35. Well, the reaosn Korean people do this is because "double-eyelid" makes your eyes look bigger. For a lot of Koreans small eyes are a complex that lowers their self-esteem.
    I am Korean and I don't have double eyelid, so I do understand those girls that do this. Teenage girls are care a lot for their appearances, so no blame, really.
    Although, I wouldn't do it myself because I know that it is unnatural.

  36. Dear Dr. Martina and Dr. Simon, unfortunately I have a double western eyelid, but I desire a monolid … I'm sure, you know the solution?

  37. 슬기 Kim

    I actually like that you guys are choosing controversial topics. It's soooo interesting to find out foreigners' perspectives!!!
    And I LOVE the shirts you guys wear!

  38. tria almario

    this kinda silly because i find the mono eyelids are really cute in my opinion and idk why they want it double eyelids

  39. WTF does this have to do with food? Isn't this a food blog or did I click the wrong link?

    Koreans want bigger looking eyes… wow.

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