A new study finds that using eye tape may help reduce wrinkles and improve the appearance of the skin around your eyes.
How to Apply Eye Tape
Eye tape is frequently used in theatre and film to keep actors' or actresses' eyes from straying during long close-ups. There are different ways to apply eye tape, but the most common method is as follows:
Start by cutting a strip of tape that is slightly longer than the width of your eye. Fold the strip in half lengthwise, so that it is now half as wide but twice as long. Place the folded strip of tape over your eyelid, close to your lashes and parallel to your eyebrow. The adhesive side should be facing out. Use your fingers to gently press the center of the strip down onto your eyelid, being careful not to press too hard and damage delicate skin around the eye area. Gently smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles in the tape. Next, take another piece of tape (this one can be regular size) and place it directly over top of the first strip, sealing it in place. Again, use gentle pressure with your fingers to secure this second layer down onto skin without damaging delicate tissues. You may need to cut this second piece of tape into smaller strips if you are working with a particularly small eye area. Finally, curl lashes upward and away from lid using an eyelash curler (be careful not to pinch too hard and hurt yourself). Apply mascara as normal.
Best Practices for Applying Eye Tape
When it comes to eye tape, there are certain best practices that should be followed in order to ensure optimal results. First and foremost, the area around the eyes should be clean and free of any makeup or oils. This will help to create a better adhesive bond. Next, take your time when applying the eye tape. There is no need to rush as this can lead to errors. Start by gently pressing down on one end of the strip before slowly working your way across. Once the strip is in place, use your fingertips or a cotton swab to lightly press down on the edges, making sure that they are well adhered. Finally, give the area a few minutes to dry before proceeding with your makeup routine or putting in lenses (if applicable).
Tips for Removing Eye Tape
Eye tape is often used to help hold down the lower lash line when applying false lashes. If you find that your eye tape isn't sticking or is leaving a residue, here are some tips for removing it:
- Use an oil-based makeup remover on a cotton pad and gently press it over the eye tape. Wait a few seconds before wiping away.
- Apply a small amount of coconut oil to a cotton pad and press it over the eye tape. Wait a few minutes before wiping away.
- Use a pair of tweezers to slowly and carefully peel off the eye tape.