You’ve Been Using Eyelid Tape Wrong This Entire Time

If you’re in a hurry, eyelid tape may seem like a quick-and-easy fix, but according to board-certified plastic surgeon Kenneth Kim, MD, wearing eyelid tape can cause negative consequences, such as eyelid thickening and stretching.

“Eyelid thickening occurs when one wears eyelid tape or glue, which results in the edges of the skin to become irritated from friction,” Kim tells Dream Medical Group. “Another negative consequence of wearing eyelid tape or glue is that eyelid skin stretching will occur.” Using eyelid tape may also cause an allergic reaction, especially if you have sensitive skin (via RealSelf).

Instead of putting your eyelids at risk for irritation and/or an allergic reaction, you could embrace your look by defining your monolids with makeup. If the thought of stepping into Sephora seems a bit intimidating, celebrity makeup artist Sir John recommends keeping things simple and investing in a “good eye primer” and a “cooler-toned shadow”(via Byrdie).

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