Trend Spotting: EYEBAGS!

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Put away those undereye concealers and eye creams because eyebags are in this season! That’s right, beauty lovers and friends, flaunt those luggages and smize because the Koreans and Japanese have proclaimed that all those sleepless nights are something to be proud of. Eyebags = beauty. The latest trend to hit the Oriental front is dubbed as the crouching silkworm
Photos courtesy of The Best Beauty Blog
Well, technically speaking, the crouching silkworm is a type of “eyebag” that’s no more than 0.3-0.4 cm directly under the eyes and are active muscles at work. As opposed to eyebags that stretch out more than 0.4 cm and aren’t muscles but sagging excess fat. Also, dark circles are not part of the crouching silkworm trend. So we still need our dark circle correctors, but we can skip out on ‘puffy eyes’ eye creams. (Info c/o Chasing Elixir)

My reaction? WHY OH WHY. I certainly didn’t understand the allure of it at first. I even thought these so-called ‘eyebag tapes’ were to eliminate eyebags, not forge them. But then I came to realize after seeing a few before and after photos that they tend to OPEN UP the eyes even more. 

And I thought that the combination of double eyelid tape, doll contact lenses, long fluttering falsies and a ton of mascara was already the combination for precipitating the ultimate transformation of the chinkiest-eyed Asians. Leave it to the Koreans (or Japanese!) to discover the most pivotal (albeit sometimes crazy or weird) trends in the ever-evolving beauty industry. 
I did have an epiphany on this trend though. I remember the first time I was professionally made up for an event in which my foundation was so flawless that it concealed every bit of my puffy eyes and dark circles. 

I HATED HOW I LOOKED. My eyes were chinkier and smaller which I didn’t like because it didn’t suit me at all. I was confused because at that point, I thought to myself, “Do I actually prefer myself without concealer or foundation to hide my hideous eyebags? Of course not.” And so all those years, I was constantly baffled why I hated my fully made-up eyes when it’s supposed to be beautiful because it’s ‘flawless‘. 

Thanks to this trend, I’ve been slapped in the face with the answer! No wonder I couldn’t accept what my mind has been telling me all along — it’s because it’s so… ironic and ridiculous-sounding. I actually look better with a bit of eyebags. 
Just me rocking my crouching silkworms. I spent many long sleepless nights for this. LOL
Of course this trend doesn’t apply to everyone as some or most don’t look younger or more appealing with crouching silkworms. But there is beauty to a little puff under the eyes for those who are very chinky-eyed as it opens up the eyes for a more youthful, charming and alluring look.

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  1. April 24, 2013 / 8:22 pm

    Wow, VERY interesting take on beauty! 😛 I’ve never seen anything of this before :p

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:10 pm

      I too was surprised by this trend. NEVER in a million years did I think eyebags would be acclaimed!

  2. April 24, 2013 / 8:33 pm

    so interesting. I have eye bags naturally and have been trying every single product in the market to eliminate them. I guess I don’t have to now, oh well, at least this season 🙂

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:13 pm

      Right? I’ve been searching high and low for the best eye cream only to find out about this. LOL. I guess we should take advantage of letting go for a while while this is trending 🙂

  3. April 24, 2013 / 9:16 pm

    I quite like this trend, only because it means I can get away with no sleep. It also look kinda cute.

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:13 pm

      To hell with worrying about puffy eyes in the morning! Hihi

  4. April 25, 2013 / 12:07 am

    Quite interesting! So my sleepless nights will pay off after all hehe :p

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:14 pm

      While this is ‘trending’, we can afford to have those many sleepless nights without worry.

  5. April 25, 2013 / 12:37 am

    Interesting trend…..;)

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:15 pm

      Sure, Jill 🙂 Yah, makes me wonder what’ll be the next trend!

  6. April 25, 2013 / 3:02 am

    I don’t get eyebags and all my friends complain about theirs. So I’m not sure about how I feel about this trend. But it’s definitely interesting. 🙂

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:16 pm

      Congratulations on having NO eyebags! That’s great 🙂 No need for expensive eye creams that don’t work!!

  7. April 25, 2013 / 3:44 am

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    • April 27, 2013 / 5:16 pm

      Sorry so much links on your comment, dear.

  8. April 25, 2013 / 3:46 am

    It’s so strange how beauty trends can evolve so quickly and so far from the last one. I’m not sure about how I feel with this being a “trend”, but I’ve always dealt with eyebags for a while now and have never been extremely bothered by it. I guess it just looks more natural too? 😛

    Megann, Style Surgery

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:22 pm

      We’ve all been sporting this “trend” even before it was a trend! For us especially, it’s very natural and despite us not knowing it, actually makes us look more young and awake. I guess it’s because this doesn’t occur naturally for most Koreans that’s why it became enviable for them leading to the fake eyebag stickers, etc.

      I think the good thing about this trend is that it opened our eyes to a different perspective 🙂

  9. April 25, 2013 / 8:06 am

    Man, according to this trend I have to be a super model 😀 Hahaha, interesting post dear, thanks for sharing ^_^

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:23 pm

      Welcome, Keit!

      LOL, we’re all natural supermodels with this trend!

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:27 pm

      I read your entry, dear. 🙂 Great post!

      And yes, it’s a very confusing idea to grasp! I mean, all this time we know of eyebags to be the devil and dark circles its spawn. Good thing is, our mind is made to rethink these accepted facts.

  10. April 25, 2013 / 9:04 am

    omg as much i think that this trend is a bit strange, i must say that these eye bag stickers work like magic there! but having eye bags or not, you still look really pretty <3
    would you like to follow each other?

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:28 pm

      Thank you, Anthea! How sweet of you 🙂

  11. April 25, 2013 / 10:40 am

    hahahaha it actually DOES open up the eyes!! Love it! I think we all nedd to work with what our mums gave us in a way we feel our best xxx

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:29 pm

      How EYE-opening this piece of info is indeed!

  12. April 25, 2013 / 10:49 am

    Okay, so after reading this I just regret buying MAC pro long concealer for my under eyes! LOL

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:31 pm

      We still need our concealers for dark circles! 🙂 But if you don’t have, then maybe you can use it once this ‘trend’ sees its end (which I dont think is anytime soon!)

  13. April 25, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    Such a blooming mother you are!

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:32 pm

      Aww.. you are much of a blooming momma yourself, Ava!

  14. April 25, 2013 / 4:12 pm

    I read somewhere na may eye surgery for adding eyebags. Sa iba, bagay. Somehow it makes some oriental asian girls look younger and parang childlike. Their eyes look like they’re smiling.

    I have .3 bags. But I never liked them… and now that I’m a month shy of 30… I hate them even more. Coz the folds have fine lines na.

    Maybe I should take advantage of this trend before my perky eyebags starts to sag.

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:35 pm

      CRAZY! There are really those who get surgery for eyebags?! Oh well, to each her/his own! 🙂

  15. April 27, 2013 / 10:25 am

    I’m afraid the tapes might cause premature wrinkles, good thing I have au naturale bags that I love. 🙂

    xx, Kim
    Kimpossibly Gorgeous

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:35 pm

      TRUE! But then again, it’s like they WANT the wrinkles.

  16. April 27, 2013 / 4:04 pm

    I have that eye bags thing!!
    before i hate it but ever since it was trending
    i love them now 😀 LOL

    • April 27, 2013 / 5:36 pm

      That’s what I like about this trend – it makes us love what we already have 🙂 Turning the once negative to a positive!

  17. April 27, 2013 / 4:25 pm

    Wow, this is fascinating… I’ve never heard of such a thing!

    Jo x amomentwithjo

  18. April 29, 2013 / 1:59 pm

    How fascinating… “crouching silkworms” – lol! I think these extra circles under the eyes give a doll-like look actually…You look great regardless of this trend 😉

  19. May 1, 2013 / 12:04 am

    Heard about this last year, from a Michelle Phan video when she was in Korea. The Korean ladies actually complemented her on her eyebags, well-earned from sleepless nights and long flights. I’ve never liked the way old-school grad pics wiped eyebags from people’s faces, it looks very fake. I’m ok with my puffy eyes as long as they aren’t dark. 😀

  20. July 12, 2013 / 12:42 pm

    Wow!! This is interesting!! All my life I’ve been trying to conceal my eyebags without knowing that it is the new trend. *throws my under eye concealers* 🙂

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