While a lot of us mourn our under-eye bags, whether they come from lack of sleep, hard partying, or just genetics, a certain type of eye bulge is apparently all the rage in Korea right now.
According to the Daily Mail, the sought-after eye bags are called “aegyo sal,” and some women who have been blessed with a smooth, unbroken surface from eye to cheekbone are attempting to correct that genetic gift with strategic under-eye shadow, little bits of tape that glue a pretend “fat pocket” in place, or even cosmetic surgery to inject fat or fillers right under the lower lash line.
While it looks and sounds like the kind of eye bags the rest of us fight, many bloggers are adamant that aegyo sal and eye bags are not the same thing. Aegyo sal are designed to look cute and young, while regular eye bags apparently just make the rest of us look old. The main difference seems to be location; under-eye bags are well below the eye, while the cute variety is more like a little puff immediately beneath it.
There is actually a surgery to remove the lower eye bag while adding a cute aegyo sal puff.
Aegyo sal is a sort of permanent “smize.” It makes a person look like he or she is always smiling cutely, even when not. That seems like it could cause problems when one doesn’t want to look adorably pleased, though, like if one is trying to get one’s landlord to hurry up and fix the kitchen stove already. Also, the presence of aegyo sal seems like it would cause a problem if the person stopped smiling. Wouldn’t it just turn into regular eye bags if there wasn’t a smile there to create a plausible reason for the existence of the smiley eye bags?
What do you think of aegyo sal—are these eye puffs cute, or do they make you want to sit under some cucumbers for a while?
Via The Daily Mail/Photo: Facebook/Malaysian Korea Cosmetics Shopping