How long does one application last?
Again, this varies from person to person. A person whose lids tend to remain dry can wear them longer than a person whose eyelids are moist. Some Eye Magic users leave them on overnight and some remove them before bed. We recommend that they be removed before bed or if they cause discomfort at any time.
Is Eye Magic easy to apply?
Many Eye Magic users have reported to us that they have no difficulty with the application at all. Others report that at first they had difficulty with the application, but after becoming familiar with the characteristics of the strips and in particular the placement of the strips on the eyelid, it becomes as easy as any other make-up application. The old adage “practice makes perfect” certainly applies here. The strips can be put on and removed a number of times so you can experiment to find the perfect position on your upper lids.
Can make-up be applied with Eye Magic?
Yes, definitely. Apply your make-up as you usually do. Then put the gel on the strips (a very small amount, just enough to cover the sticky side of the strip) and place the Eye Magic eye lift strips on your eyelids over your makeup in the best position for you.
Can eye shadow be used with the product?
Yes, eye shadow can be used with the product, but we suggest that you become comfortable applying the product first before using eye shadow. We also recommend that you start by putting the eye shadow under the brow bone and not on the eyelid. When you are proficient with the application and are ready to apply the product over eye shadow on the lid, apply your make-up as you usually do. Then put the gel on the strips (a very small amount, just enough to cover the sticky side of the strip with a thin film) and place the Eye Magic strips on your eyelids over the eye shadow in the best position for you.
Can eye shadow be applied on top of the strips?
Powder eye shadow won’t stick to the strip. If you use powder eye shadow, put the shadow on first and apply the strip over it (see previous question). The colour will show through. If the shadow wears off around it, touch it up. You can also apply the strips without shadow on your eyelids but instead put the eye shadow back behind them in the hollow under the brow bone to accent your eye. Or you can do both. Some types of cream eye shadow will adhere to the strips and you can rub cream shadow colour into the strips while they’re still on the backing to colour them. You can then place them over the same shadow already applied to the lids. Testing and user experiences have shown that putting the strips over the makeup works best. People amaze us with the creative ways they use makeup, though so we encourage you to experiment. Keep in mind it usually takes some experimenting to learn where to place the strips on your eyelid correctly in the beginning. We recommend that you first start without makeup, get comfortable with the product and then see what works best for you with makeup. I wouldn't use eye shadow when first learning to use it as you'll probably put it on and take it off a number of times before you're satisfied with the results. I've done it every way you can with good results.
The Eye Magic strips seem to fit my eyes very well, but strip is still slightly visible. Does that mean I’ve placed it incorrectly?
If the strip is visible, it's possible you are not putting it back far enough on your lid. You'll know if you've put it back too far because your lid will flip up. If you put it as far back as it can go and you can still see the strip, you can use makeup to camouflage it. It’s also possible you don’t have enough eyelid surface for Eye Magic to work effectively.
After I have applied the Eye Magic strips, I notice there's a slight buckle in the middle of the strips. How do I prevent this from happening?
It’s possible the strips are buckling because they’re too long for the width of your eye. Try snipping the ends off after you remove each strip from the backing. This will not reduce the effectiveness of the strip and should prevent buckling if the length is interfering with the adhesion. Another possibility is that you’re putting too much gel on the strips. You only need a tiny amount, just enough to cover the sticky side of the strips with a thin layer, just a film. Try not to get any gel on the non-sticky side. Then, once in place, give the strips a minute or so to set so they adhere well. I often pat the strips lightly with my fingertips a few times over a minute or so until they are firmly adhered to my lids. It's a very dry process with no excess gel or moisture anywhere.
Can I put moisturiser on my eyelids before I apply Eye Magic?
We do not recommend using moisturiser on your eyelid before you apply Eye Magic. Moisturisers often contain irritants that might cause redness or irritate your lids when using our product. Put moisturiser only on the skin above your eyelids, between your lid and eye brow.
How are the strips removed? Are the strips difficult to take off after a day's wear?
Adding the gel to the adhesive before you apply the strips makes it easy to remove them. The strip will loosen and then you can peel it off easily after a day’s wear. The strips are a bit harder to remove after only a few hours of wear but the process is the same. You just peel them off a bit more slowly since the adhesive will stick more tightly than at the end of the day.
Does the Eye Magic gel come off easily, and how is it removed?
The gel is soft like a cream, remains soft, is colourless and can be removed with any makeup remover. You can't see the residue left after removing the strips and sometimes it feels a little sticky.
Will removing the strips repeatedly stretch the skin out over time?
If used properly, Eye Magic is not likely to cause additional stretching of the eyelid skin. The gel that is included with the product is applied to the strips before placing them on your lids, allowing the strips to be removed with minimal pulling after a day's use. Oil-based eye makeup remover can also be used to remove the strips at any time without pulling on the skin.
Can I wear contact lenses with Eye Magic?
Yes, you can wear Eye Magic with contact lenses. Since drooping eyelid skin tends to sit on top of the eyeball, and Eye Magic lifts the skin off of that area, many of our customers report increased comfort while wearing contact lenses when Eye Magic is used.
Does Eye Magic reduce the “tired” look? I'm so sick of people saying I look tired when I'm not!
Eye Magic customers regularly send us emails about how many compliments they receive from friends, co-workers, and family after using our product. We have found that not only can the product reduce the tired, heavy look associated with sagging eyelids, but takes 10-15 years off your look in many cases.
I have a little droopiness but the eyelid is still visible. Can Eye Magic be used to give a lift for someone who does not have a completely covered lid?
Yes, you can use Eye Magic if your eyelids are still visible! The idea is to lift the drooping eyelid area (even slightly) and restore it to a curved shape. The Eye Magic strips are very thin, translucent, and have a hypoallergenic (very sticky) adhesive on one side. The gel that is applied to the adhesive allows the strips to be removed and reapplied as many times as necessary to achieve the right positioning. Once you're happy with the result, the strips will "set" in a minute or so and stay put.
I am interested in your product for my father, yet none of the photos are of men. Can Eye Magic be used on men?
Yes! In fact, many of our customers are men. If your father has heavy eyelids that are obscuring his vision, Eye Magic seems to alleviate this issue for most people. If he is older and his eyelid skin is thinner (as happens when you age), be sure to follow the directions and remove the eyelid strips slowly and carefully.
Does Eye Magic work for people with dark skin?
Yes. The Eye Magic strips are clear when applied, so the colour of your eyelid will show through. If you have dark skin, the colour of your skin will show through. If you have eye shadow on your lids, the colour of the eye shadow will show through.
What is the gel that is used with Eye Magic? Is it safe for the skin? Does the product contain latex?
The Eye Magic strips are coated with a medical grade, hypoallergenic adhesive. The gel is petrolatum based and is applied over the adhesive which retains the strong adhesion but also allows them to be applied and reapplied in the application process, without loss of adhesion or too much pulling on the skin. The gel also makes removal easy. Since the adhesive is hypoallergenic, it should not irritate the skin. If the skin on the eyelid becomes irritated, we advise our customers to discontinue use. As noted above, the gel contains a petroleum product. If you are sensitive or allergic to petroleum based products you should not use Eye Magic. The product does not contain latex.
Is Eye Magic a double eyelid tape?
What is typically referred to as “double eyelid tape” is a product specifically designed to create a crease for Asian eyes that do not have one, forming a visible lid when the eyes are open, thus the name “double eyelid tape”. Generally, double eyelid tapes are small crescents made from a stiff plastic material with adhesive on one side, often with an embossed pattern on the top. To create the double eyelid look, the tape must be strong enough to create a crease against the resistance of the smooth skin toward the back of the eyelid. Eye Magic is made of a very thin, lighter weight material that is applied over an existing crease, securing the skin in place and keeping it from sagging forward. Eye Magic can smooth out the top curve of the eyelid while holding the skin in place, but is not stiff enough to create enough of a resistance to create a non-existent crease similar to eye lift tape.
Does Eye Magic work better than eye lift cream?
Yes. Eye Magic is an effective substitute for blepharoplasty, or upper eyelid surgery. The only way to achieve the same effect without surgery, is to add external physical support to replace the breakdown of the underlying collagen structure, which is the reason skin sags. Eyelid lift creams promise to revitalise this underlying collagen support structure with consistent use, which is a myth. Collagen production is an internal systemic process that is not affected by topical eye lift creams. Some firming eye lift creams can temporarily plump the skin around the eyes, giving the skin a smoother appearance, but no “eye lifting cream” is strong enough to hold the skin back or repair the breakdown of the underlying collagen structure.
I live in a hot climate. Will sweat, water, or perspiration cause them to loosen and come off?
How well the strips resist water and sweat depends on the type of skin you have and how much you sweat. If your skin is oily, the strips will not stay adhered as well as they will on dryer, less oily skin. If you sweat a lot. the strips may tend to whiten. To find out, you can test them in a scenario where you're hot and sweating (like working out) to know what happens with your skin.