It’s known as the scariest-looking beauty tool out there. Slightly resembling a tool of torture, eyelash curlers are actually a godsend. With a few presses using this one simple tool, your lashes can go from 0-100.
A good mascara definitely does a lot of the work, but it needs that perfect canvas for it to work perfectly. While we aren’t all blessed with naturally long and fluttery lashes, an eyelash curler allows us to fake it till we make it!
While they may be miracle workers, they’re also a little tricky to operate. There are countless mistakes you can make, and we’re here to help you avoid them! With this simple list of Do’s and Don’ts, you can finally learn how to use an eyelash curler and avoid any scary mishaps. After all, lash-less eyes are not cute!
DON’T Skimp When Purchasing
The drugstore has a lot of amazing makeup alternatives, even some tools; eyelash curlers are not one of them! When it comes to eyelash curlers you’re going to want to go for a higher end brand. It’s a very intricate tool and you’re trusting it with your lashes- that’s not an area to save money with.
The reason it can be hard to trust a cheaper brand with curlers is that the cheaper versions are more prone to pinch your eyelids or to grab your lashes- it’s just risky business! But don’t worry, even luxury brands have relatively affordable eyelash curlers- you won’t be dropping 50 bucks on this!
DO Give Them Some TLC
As we’ve said, this tool is going to be all up in your lashes; you don’t want it to be bacteria filled or risk giving your eyes a reaction. Regularly clean the curling pad after every use, and make sure to change the pad every once in a while- most curlers come with a set of backup pads!
DON’T Apply Mascara First
The most common mistake when it comes to curling your lashes is to do it after you’ve applied mascara. We all think we know what’s best and choose to do the curling after to keep them in place- but we’re wrong! Applying mascara first can only lead to two things; harming your lashes and ending up with a right angle on your lashes.
Curling your lashes with mascara on will always result in an upright/straight curl, which may seem like what you want but once you try curling first you’ll understand how much more natural and fluttery it can look. You also risk losing more lashes with this method, the stickiness of the mascara coming in contact with your curler makes your lashes more prone to getting caught or stuck onto it. With time you’ll visibly notice how much your lashes are falling out!
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DO Curl Clean Lashes
We suggest even going as far as wiping a makeup remover across your lashes before you begin your routine, just to make sure there really are no traces of mascara left on them. You want to avoid ruining your curler and having any lashes get caught in it.
DON’T Press Too Hard
A lot of people tend to believe that the harder you press with your curl the longer it will last- no, no no! Clamping down on your lashes is not going to do them any good.
First of all, you’re going to end up with that dreaded right angle curl. But, most importantly you’re going to break your lashes and end up with them falling out more and more over time.
The biggest problem with this method is that it isn’t even working! Pressing down harder is not giving your lashes any longevity and it’s not going to make any difference to if you just used the tool the right way. What is the right way? Glad you asked….
DO Walk It Out
So I’m sure that at this point you’re wondering how to use an eyelash curler to actually get the curl. The best method when curling your lashes is actually super straight-forward; you walk it out!
What this means is that you begin with the curler right at the roots of your lashes and press down. Don’t spend ages just pressing down at the root. Instead, begin to pump and move up throughout the lashes until you reach the ends.
This pumping and moving method is the best method that’s guaranteed to give you longevity and a nice and even curl. This way you’re going to get lashes that curl, as opposed to just putting a kink in them to point upwards.
DO Turn The Curler Inwards
Another trick to ensure the curl lasts as long as possible is to hold the curler on an angle. Instead of simply placing the curler on your lashes, you can bend it upwards so that the curler is turning inwards.
This is hard to understand. You basically want to be resting the curler on your lid and resting it in your crease. This method will lift your lashes more than anything and get the most dramatic curl possible!