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How to Curl Your Eyelashes

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I discovered the eyelash curler when I was in college.  I can’t believe it took me so long to catch on to this beauty necessity.  One of the makeup artist I trained under told me she used it on everyone because it always made a difference.  I decided to test her theory on my own lashes that have decent curl.  She was right.  Whenever I use the curler, it visually lifts my eyelashes.  They look longer, and my eyes look more open.  If you want to enjoy these same benefits, you need to know how to curl your eyelashes.

paula dorf eyelash curler

Paula Dorf eyelash curler (my favorite!)

Curl BEFORE You Apply Mascara

If you do it after, the mascara might ruin.  It can also damage your lashes.

Get Close to Your Roots

It is best to place the eyelash curler close to your roots.  This will lift them, and make them look longer.  If you clamp in the middle of the lashes, you might see a weird dent that looks unnatural.

Hold and Release a Few Times

I like to hold the curler in place and release it a few times.  If I do one quick clamp, I usually don’t notice a difference.  You can hold the curler in place for awhile, but it might create a folded look with the lashes.  This looks unnatural.  If you have stick straight lashes, try moving the eyelash curler up your lashes each time you release to create a natural curl.

covergirl waterproof mascara

Set Your Lashes With Mascara

Once your eyelashes have been curled, you can set them using mascara.  Waterproof mascara is ideal if you have straight lashes.  It helps hold the curl in place.

Additional Tips and Tricks:

heated eyelash curler

  • Heated eyelash curlers are a great option if you have straight lashes, and they are safer than heating your eyelash curler with a blow drier.
  • If your hands are not steady, make sure to rest your elbow on a solid surface when you are curling.  This way, you won’t pull out your lashes.
  • Do your eyelashes hit your eyelids?  Try to get close to the roots to lift them off your lids.  This technique helps if you have sagging lids.  You can also try using the heated curler to reshape the lashes.
  • Your eyelashes shouldn’t hit your eyelids after you curl.  If this happens, curl less.

Photo on 9-10-14 at 11.01 AM #2

When you get good at curling your eyelashes, you will be able to hold a toddler and curl at the same time!!!  Not recommended for amateurs.  Haha.  JK.


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