What Are the Best Tips to Curl Eyelashes? (with pictures)

Madeleine A.
Madeleine A.
A woman with curled eyelashes.
A woman with curled eyelashes.

Some of the best tips to curl eyelashes include making sure that the pad is clean and free from sticky mascara, and making sure that the eyelash curler is held close to the roots of the lashes. An eyelash curler is a metal or plastic device with a curved pad that, when squeezed, curls the top eyelashes. The eyelash curler looks like a small pair of scissors with holes for the fingers and an edge to where a silicone or rubber pad is held.

A woman applying mascara to her eyelashes.
A woman applying mascara to her eyelashes.

To the curl eyelashes, the eyelash curler should gently grab the eyelashes at their roots and then squeezed for a few seconds. The longer the eyelash curler is held in place, the better the result. Some people prefer to curl eyelashes prior to the application of mascara, while others prefer the added texture that mascara gives the lashes. One of the drawbacks in curling the eyelashes after mascara has been applied is that the lashes tend to stick to the pad and can become clumped together during the curling process.

Although the pads of the eyelash curler can be effectively cleaned with soap and water, or eye make-up remover, they should be replaced every couple of months. To enhance the effectiveness of an eyelash curler, the pad can be warmed up in hot water or warmed with a blow dryer. Some eyelash curlers even come with built-in warming devices that warm the curler before use. In addition, using an eyelash curler on dry eyelashes is more effective than using one on wet lashes because efforts to curl eyelashes that are wet may be in vain.

Curled eyelashes open the eyes and give them a brighter appearance. In addition, when the eyelashes are curled, mascara seems to enhance the eyelashes better and helps improve the look of tired eyes. It is important to note, however, that incorrectly curling the eyelashes may result in eyelid injuries. If held too closely to the roots of the lashes, the eyelash curler may pinch the eyelid causing tissue injury and subsequent infection. To avoid this from happening, those inexperienced in eyelash curling should curl eyelashes closer to the tips, rather than the roots.

Although eyelash curlers are available in stainless steel as well as plastic, there are generally not big differences in their effectiveness. The effectiveness of the device is generally related to the quality of the pads and the user's ability. Eyelash curlers can be purchased from beauty supply stores, drugs stores and some grocery chain retailers. Those who are inexperienced in curling their eyelashes can get instructions and demonstrations on the correct procedure at department store cosmetic counters and beauty supply retailers.

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Thanks for your wonderful post! I love all info about eyelashes, makeup, mascara, as I have really straight lashes and when properly curled makes my eyes look huge.

The best heated eyelash curler I have ever found is the Hot Lashes eyelash curler, makeup Artist kit. I love sharing with others about great products.

This curler is exactly like the Shu Uemura curler with a 24k gold plated curler and this small heater base. Keeps my lashes curling till the next day. HTH~

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