If you’ve been following me for awhile you know that I cannot stand my upper eyelids because they are hooded and saggy, and they’ve gotten worse with age. In fact I wrote a whole post about how much this bothers me. That post was quite popular because A LOT of people have this issue. So that’s why I was really excited when I heard about Lids by Design Medical Grade Eyelift Tape.
I knew about the various tapes for Asian eyes, and years ago watched some YouTube videos about them, but for some reason I didn’t really connect that I too could try them out to see if it helped me. I contacted the company and they said they would send me some samples of both their 3mm and 4mm ones. Here’s some info about them:
- They are a hypoallergenic, latex-free product (but do not use if you have an acrylic allergy)
- They are listed as “medical grade” and have a transparent “PE” adhesive that is breathable and leaves no residue on your skin
- They come in both a 3mm and 4mm width which you can also use together for the most lift
- You can trim them to your exact specifications if necessary
- They come in a little box with a plastic tweezers to help with application
The 3mm ones are underneath and the 4mm ones are on top. You can see the 4mm ones are wider.
Application of these is definitely a trial. You want to start with totally clean, dry skin – no primer or moisturizer, etc. underneath them. Then you use the tweezers to gently peel off a strip. Place it over the crease of where your lids folds. Tap it down to set it into place and hold for about 10 seconds to make sure it adheres. It took me quite a few tries to get them where I wanted and I’m still not sure where I placed them was totally correct.
Once you get the placement you want you can then apply products/makeup on top. More on that in a minute.
The top photo is what my lids look like when I am completely relaxed (Side note: I VERY rarely let my eyes completely relax if I am awake. I am constantly lifting my brows because I just always have as a habit and it looks much better! I look really angry and tired when they are totally relaxed.)
The second photo shows you where I placed the 3mm ones.
The third photo is me after applying them with completely relaxed eyes. The strip seems pretty well hidden.
The top photo are my lids again completely relaxed.
The second photo shows where I placed the 4mm strips.
The third photo are my eyes afterwards while relaxed. You can still see the strip a bit.
With both the 3mm and 4mm ones you can definitely see more of my lower eyelid and at the edges the eyelid flap is much higher than with nothing. As mentioned I don’t know if the placement is right but after many tries I kind of just decided this would work.
But then came the application of the makeup. Yeah that didn’t go well at all. First of all I can very clearly see these strips, especially the 4mm one. They don’t disappear completely and it’s not because I am staring at them constantly, it’s because they just show up on the lids. Even with pressing them REALLY well onto my lids and smoothing them out, they would only stay truly clear for a minute then they seemed to maybe lift a little and turn more white-ish and obvious looking.
Once I placed primer over them, things got worse. Because these have little holes in them to let them breathe, the primer just went into the holes and highlighted them more. So on one eye I tried no primer just eyeshadow. Neither light or medium shades of eyeshadow hid them. It actually made my lids look worse because you could see this strip and it’s basically impossible to blend anything on top of them. Complete frustration! I had a feeling that makeup wouldn’t really work over them and I was right.
I feel like in order for these to really work for me they would A. need to not have holes in them which makeup settles into B. be much thinner and C. completely disappear into the skin and actually be completely transparent.
Basically for me this was another lesson in “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” Even if these worked and completely stayed truly invisible, I don’t think I would have the patience for the application every single morning. I still want the surgery! 😉
If you want to learn more about these you can find information on their website here. They are $30.00 per box (you get 72 4mm strips or 80 3mm strips per box).
Ok so now I wanna know what you think about this kind of thing. Too much hassle for you or are you interested in trying for yourself?