Circle Lenses: A Creepy Trend
By Laura T.
I have to confess: I’m new to the whole over-the-top makeup trend. Like, very new. Like, just this year I started shopping more at Sephora, coveting ultra-expensive makeup palettes. Like the Urban Decay Naked 2.
And it’s all because of YouTube makeup tutorials that absolutely permeate the internet.
I’ve even subscribed to a weekly makeup sample service called MyGlam, a company started by four or five YouTube makeup gurus, but mostly by Lancome spokeswoman Michelle Phan. It’s pretty amazing what Michelle has been able to accomplish for herself through her online video following. Viva young female entrepreneurship!
Aside from everyday style videos, the gurus do a lot of what I consider to be theatre makeup, too, or transformations. Some are also big into Japanese style, namely gyaru fashion, extreme fake lashes (sometimes as everyday wear), and circle lenses.
Circle lenses make your eyes appear instantly larger by adding millimeters to your irises. And it seems to be growing in popularity with YouTube gurus like MichellePhan, her sister PromisePhan, and a number of other gurus including BentleyBlonde, who has significantly fewer followers than the Phans, but gives a very detailed explanation of circle lenses.
What disturbs me about BentleyBlonde’s review of circle lenses is that they have some major health risks associated with them. Since the lenses are not FDA-approved and have to be bought online, who knows what girls are getting themselves into.
What also disturbs me is how creepy this trend really is, and this photo, I think, will help illustrate the extent of the creep-factor:
Ladies: WTF?! Why are we doing this to ourselves? I can understand it for theatrical purposes. But… everyday?! Hells, no.
They say that big features on a woman make her appear more childlike and therefore more sexually attractive. AndreasChoice, a YouTube guru with huge lips, is a very attractive person who often highlights that feature. But going so far as to CONSTRUCT A NEW EYESHAPE is really, really stretching it, girls!
What do you think? Are circle lenses trend ghastly or gorgeous? Do we seriously have to start creating newer, bigger body parts in order to feel beautiful? If so, I’m pretty sure we’re going to end up a bunch of anorexic, gigantic-eyed freaks. Oh wait, that’s what ALIENS LOOK LIKE.
All judgment aside, it’s also completely amazing what makeup gurus are able to do with their art. Watch Michelle Phan’s masterful tutorial for Lady Gaga eyes below: