Aubrey asks…Eyelid gluing and taping tutorials seem to be on the rise. What sort of long-term negative effects might occur from gluing or taping the eyelids for months as recommended by YouTube gurus? Do you think the claim of permanent reshaping has any merit? I am very doubtful.
The Beauty Brains respond:
The root cause of “out of place” eyelids is that the lid falls because the tendon attached to the muscle that lifts the lid stretches. This is a normal result of aging. No degree of tape or glue can reverse this process. But this little taping trick can work nicely as a quick lift to make your eyes look a little more open temporarily.
We were surprised to find that Michelle Phan advocates using eyelid tape at least 22 hours per day for 3 months. Occluding the skin with tape, even with the best adhesive, for that long seems extreme. We’ve also seen at least one practitioner of this method says that frequent application and removal of the tape can cause saggy skin , which is pretty much the opposite of what you want. So, while we could find no definitive answer, long term use of tape seems ill-advised.
Short term use is another story. In fact, we found a peer-reviewed medical paper that talks about using Transpore medical adhesive tape for short-term fixes for ingrown eyelashes . So, it appears that using the right kind of adhesive for short periods of time should not be a problem. (Every day run-of-the-mill cellophane tape is not acceptable because it could contain impurities that could cause skin reactions. We would hope that the beauty products being sold as eyelid tape use the appropriate grade of adhesive as well.)
Using the correct kind of adhesive tape for short term eyelid reshaping seems like a safe and effective process.