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How to Curl Your Eyelashes:
Easy Steps, Lash Curling Tools & What Not to Do

Why Curl Your Lashes?

One of the best ways to accentuate your eyes and make them more noticeable is by curling your eyelashes. This gives the effect of having wider, brighter eyes. Your lashes will seem to extend and be longer when they are curled. Women who have straight lashes or lashes that point down find that the change is dramatic when you curl your eyelashes. Once you apply makeup, like eyeliner and mascara, the results can be quite glamorous.

How to Choose an Eyelash Curler and How to Care For It

All you need to curl eyelashes is an eyelash curler, which can be purchased at any nearly any drugstore or supermarket with a cosmetics section. They come in plastic or metal versions. Eyelash curlers come with pads that should be changed every few months. Choose a curler that has comfortable finger holes so that you will be able to get a good grip while you are curling your lashes.

Step-by-Step Eye Lash Curling Instructionss

  1. Start with bare lashes.
    Always curl eyelashes before applying mascara. When you curl the lashes after applying mascara, you can damage or pull out your eyelashes. You are also very likely to smudge the mascara and have to touch it up, too. You should curl your lashes before applying other eye cosmetics, like eye shadow or eyeliner.

  2. Use clean equipment.
    Clean the eyelash curler well with alcohol or makeup remover before each use to prevent any dirt or bacteria from accidentally getting into your eyes. Even if you are the only person using the eyelash curler, it is best to be sure that it is perfectly clean.

  3. Warm things up for lasting curl.
    Heat the eyelash curler before use with a hairdryer on LOW setting, for about 10 seconds. If you do not have a hairdryer handy, you can accomplish this by running the eyelash curler under hot water for a few seconds. When the tool is heated, it is easier to curl the lashes. Just be sure to double check and make sure that the curler is not too hot before putting it too close to your eyes.

  4. Positioning the eyelash curler.
    Be careful to avoid gripping the lashes too close to the eyelid. You can either pinch the eyelid or pull the lashes out. Position the curler toward the tips of your eyelashes, and gently pump and squeeze the curler and hold for a few seconds. Do this at the base, in the middle and at the tips of the lashes. Some people have shorter lashes, so this may be more difficult. You should always use gentle motions when working on your eyelashes; the skin in this area is very delicate and the lashes are easily pulled out. You can curl both the upper and lower eyelashes, but most people tend to only curl the upper lashes. Because the lower lashes are generally shorter, they are more difficult to “grab” with the curler and less likely to hold the curl properly.

  5. Comb lashes and apply mascara.
    After curling your lashes, use a lash comb to comb out any overlapping eyelashes so that they are perfectly ready for the application of mascara. Comb gently again after applying mascara to remove any clumps and even out the coverage.

What to Avoid When Curling Lashes

  • Never apply mascara before curling lashes

  • Be sure to not grip lashes too close to the eyelids

  • Be sure that the curler is not too hot—use a low setting on the blow dryer and test before using

  • Use even pressure to avoid crimping lashes or leaving a crease

Now you are ready to use these tips and curl your eyelashes properly, and also what to avoid if you want to have the appearance of a little extra lash length. Curling your eyelashes is a great way to add brightness to your face, without having to opt for false eyelashes to get noticed.

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