Through the eyes, we receive almost all of the information about the world around us. They are also one of the parts that make the first impression of us. Normally, we all have the same eyes structure. However, it is difficult to find people with completely identical eyes. At different times, fashion and celebrities dictate their own criteria for beauty. Also, the different nations have their own ideas about good looks.
There is still controversy between make-up artists and beauticians over what is the perfect eye shape. In the end, it is necessary to recognize that there is no answer to this question because this factor is extremely individual and each person has a shape and size of eyes that are unique to him.
What are the different types of eyelids?
Basically, the eyes can be divided into large and small. Also, people of different ethnicities and heritages have different eyes' shape. For example, most Asians have mono eyelids while Europeans have double eyelids, and as weird as it may sound some people have one single eyelid and one double eyelid. Often the shape of the eyes does not depend on their size. It is considered large eyes are ideal for both men and women. However, both small and large eyes have their charm and dignity.
Most make up artists claim the shape of the eyes matters. As your body shape is important when it comes to choosing your clothes it is the same thing that comes to the eyes' shape. According to them, if you want to look beautiful you need to know your shape first.
Maybe more than once you have convinced yourself that makeup that looks amazing on your friend it doesn't look great on you. But how to find your eye shape? Here is a simple guide that might be helpful to you.
- monolid - eyelid without a crease;
- parallel eyelid - it has a partial crease which is not defined well;
- tapered eyelid - the crease is parallel to the upper eyelash and merge with the inner corner of the eye;
- hooded eyelid - when the eye has a crease but it is not visible due to excess skin;
- v eyelids or uneven eyelids - when one eye is bigger than the other.
What is the difference between a monolid and a double eyelid?
What differentiates a double eyelid from a single or eyelid is the attachment zones between the levator muscle and the connections to the eyelid skin. The levator muscle which is responsible for lifting the upper eyelid has fibres that attach to the skin. If you have visible eyelid crease it means that these fibres have a strong attachment and vice versa - if your fold is less defined your attachments and levator muscule are weak or you don't have any attachment at all.
Double eyelids are one of the facial features that refer to Europeans. They normally have a natural upper lid crease. It makes their eyes look more open and bigger.
What are monolids? A double eyelid crease is a rare feature of Asian people. East Asians, Southeast Asians, Central Asians, and others have their unique eyelids which are identified as monolid eyes or more formally - epicanthic fold. This type of eyelids is less common in Europeans and western Asians.
Epicanthic folds are skin folds of the upper eyelids that cover the inner corner of the eyes, making them look smaller and more sloping. It is a very common feature among East Asians including Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Mongols and they have the highest frequency of its occurrence. However, although it is the most common among East Asians, there are some populations that also have this feature without being Asian. For example, the most common example of a non-Asian group of people with epicanthic folds is the Hoysans, who inhabit the Kalahari Desert in South Africa - they are not of Asian descent and they are one of the oldest communities in the world. Also, unlike the European eye shape, Asians have a small orbit, thick eyelid skin, excess orbital fat, and higher eyebrow location.
Double eyelids are thought to allow the eyes to look more open and larger, while the overhanging eyelid "weighs" on the eyes and makes them smaller. Many people with no crease admit that they want double eyelids. Most of them explain their desire by saying that their face becomes more expressive and their eyes - more beautiful.
How to get double eyelids?
All eyes' shapes are beautiful. If your personal preference is to have larger eyes and a more defined crease in the eyelid, you can use some techniques to create that look. Usually, few options are used to achieve double eyelids.
Eyelid tape and glue are very popular methods for creating a crease. These products are usually placed on the upper eye skin to give a temporary double eyelid look. The downside here is that you will have to apply the tape every day to maintain your appearance. Some people may also be allergic to the glue.
One of the most popular methods for getting double eyelids in Singapore and South Korea is plastic surgery. The procedure is also called upper blepharoplasty or double eyelid surgery. It is performed on the upper lids and the deep tissues to remove the excess skin and create a crease. Asian blepharoplasty can be done on both upper and lower eyelids. Lower blepharoplasty is recommended for those who have pronounced bags under the eyes, hanging upper eyelids, as well as deep wrinkles.
The operation is normally performed under local anaesthesia with no sedation. The surgeon makes small incisions on the skin fold in the upper eyelid that separates the moving part from the fixed part of the eyelid. After making them in the right places, the surgeon carefully removes the excess skin. Lastly, the incisions are closed with sutures. As a result, the eyes become larger and the gaze becomes clear, fresh, and open.
The procedure is quick as it takes less than one hour. The recovery time is around 2 weeks. The scars after the operation are not noticeable. Often the operation is performed through the body of the conjunctiva and there is no trace of the procedure at all.
Blepharoplasty can be also done by using a non-incisional technique where small holes are made on the eyelid through which stitches are passed in order to connect the skin and the muscle.
The basic principle of both incisional and non-incisional techniques is to achieve a double eyelid fold and natural look shape. If you decide to have plastic surgery, it is very important to find a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon.
One double eyelid and one monolid
About 50 % of Asians people have natural double eyelids or the crease occurs later with age, most often during puberty. As we mentioned there are many people with one double eyelid on one eye and one monolid on the other eye or having intermittent fold (sometimes they have a single eyelid and other times a double eyelid). This variability is not unusual and the explanation for it is found in the underlying anatomy and other factors. One of the best solutions that give effective and long-lasting results is double eyelid surgery.
How to make double eyelids look like monolids?
As many people, especially women want to go from monolid to double eyelids, a lot of caucasian girls desire having single eyelids. Many times this is because they've seen really pretty makeup tutorials that are from monolids and they want the same looks. Although going from a single eyelid to double eyelid is more difficult than the opposite, it is still possible. What you have to do is basically you need to undo your double eyelid crease that's above your eyelash and then create a new crease next to your lash line. You can do that by using the same techniques such as eyelid tape or glue. The difference here is that you have to place the tape right on your lash line. Keep in mind that these methods might not work for everyone. If you want to achieve better results you will need to undergo plastic surgery but you need to understand that it may lead to unwanted scars.
To finish with...
Many people claim that the appearance of the eyes even affects a person's character. This concept is often used in physiognomy as a method of determining personality type. Psychological experts believe that people with big eyes are usually subject to excessive sensitivity and emotionality. They have a fine mental organization and often have a creative beginning. But even here, there are some reservations, for example, the eyes can look big only because of the small features of the face. Such people are distinguished by their hardness of character. On the other hand, the owners of small eyes are characterized by purposefulness, self-sufficiency, perseverance, and firmness of character. However, all of these beliefs are only approximate but one thing is for sure all types of eyes are beautiful and unique in their own way.