Beauty Abroad | Eye Bags
What may be considered beautiful and desirable in one part of the world may be considered unattractive and/or strange in another part of the world. These differences clearly show the subjective nature of taste and attraction, and ring true with the old adage, “beauty is in in the eye of the beholder.”
In our newest TRUE series, we will be taking a look at beauty trends, practices, and products from around the world! It is precisely these unique cultural, societal, and historical differences, in the various ideal of beauty, that we believe are TRUE-ly beautiful.
Some cultures may view bags under your eyes as a sign of aging. There is no shortage of beauty products from preventative skin care creams, which promise to prolong or reverse aging, to must-have makeup products that will hide and conceal dark circles and fine lines. But – in parts of Asia, a little puffiness under your eyes is a sign of youth and is celebrated.
Known in Korea as Aegyo Sal, the small bags under your eyes are thought of as cute and are a quality that makes your eyes appear larger. The coveted Aegyo Sal presence is also commonly referred to as “smiling eyes” due, in part, to the shape of the eye bag crease and, in part, to the cheerful appearance it is said to exude. In fact, the look was so sought after that plastic surgery procedures were developed to create permanent eye bags or pockets of fat under the eyes.
But, there are much less drastic and permanent ways to achieve this look! One method is through the use of small strips of clear eye tape, that when placed under the eyes, creates the same smiling shape and desired puffiness. Another method is with makeup!
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