Eyelid glue

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Eyelid glue, commonly called eye putti (アイプチ ai puchi?),[1] is a type of eye make-up used in East Asia designed to change the "monolid" (eyelid without a crease). Eyelid glue is a water-soluble adhesive that can be easily removed.

History[edit]

Eyelid glue became available in Japan in the late 1970s.[2]

Use[edit]

Double eyelids are considered a sign of feminine beauty in East Asia.[3] Some women opt for a temporary solution by wearing eyelid glue. The glue is painted on the upper eyelid, which is then pushed upward with a plastic prong and held in place by the adhesive. The glue needs to dry for a minute before holding the fold. This method creates or enhances a fold in the eyelid ("double eyelid") that opens up the eye exposing the eyelashes.[4] The use of eyelid glue also exists amongst men.

The glue does not last and must be reapplied after a few hours. Eyelid glue may also cause irritation.[5]

Variant[edit]

A variant called eyelid tape or crease tape comes in a fibrous elastic strip that is trimmed to shape and placed on the eyelid. The tape creates a crease that stays on the eyelid. The tape does not last and must be reapplied after a few hours.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The spelling "Eye Putti" is a Japanese brand name
  2. ^ Miller, Laura (July 2006). Beauty up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics. Berkely and Los Angeles, California: University of California Press. p. 116. ISBN 978-0-520-24508-2. 
  3. ^ "The Business of Race". Toronto: CBC Radio, Ideas. December 11, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  4. ^ "Asian Eyes". Salon.com. February 16, 2000. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-204_162-10004213-2.html?tag=page;next |url= missing title (help). 

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