Let’s talk about eyelash curlers (or as some people see them: scary contraptions that go near your eyes).
I have two main points about eyelash curlers:
- They’re amazing for us straight lashed
- They’re really not that scary and really easy to use.
So the basic idea with eyelash curlers is to clamp them down near the base of your eyelashes to get a curl in your lashes. The curl in your lashes helps open up your eyes and make them appear bigger.
I have extremely straight, almost down turned eyelashes so I never wear mascara without first curling my eyelashes. The first eyelash curler I ever bought was a random cheap one from T.J. Maxx. The curl this curler created was quick to fall, so it was always a race against the clock for me to put on mascara before the curl fell.
However, no matter what mascara I used I always ended up with super straight lashes within half an hour. Around this time, I got into the YouTube beauty community and learned that waterproof mascara helps to hold a curl. The idea behind this is pretty simple: non-waterproof mascaras are water based, so it’s like adding water to freshly curled hair which makes the curl fall. Waterproof mascara is oil based so it helps to lock in the curl.
Switching to a waterproof mascara helped a bit, but not as much as I had hoped. As I mentioned earlier, I really enjoy the YouTube/online beauty community and that is how I found my current eyelash curler. A popular YouTuber, KathleenLights, mentioned that the Tweezerman Classic Lash Curler is her favorite eyelash curler, so I ordered it on Amazon.
When I used that eyelash curler for the first time I was blown away. My eyelashes looked so much more curled and the waterproof mascara actually held the curl decently well! However, at this point all I was doing was clamping down on the base of my lashes and holding for about 1o seconds, and then adding mascara. Since then, I have found a better technique. All you need to do is:
- Place the eyelash curler at the base of your lashes and squeeze and lightly release a few times, then finish by holding down for 5 seconds. Don’t be afraid of getting your eye caught in it, press down gently to make sure you have no skin caught in the curler. Repeat on other eye.
- At this point I put on my lower lash mascara. I do this because oftentimes if you do it second, you smudge the mascara from your top lashes onto your eyelid.
- Repeat curling processes again (so for a second time) and now add mascara. If your eyelashes can hold a curl use any mascara, but if your lashes are like mine then I’d recommend a waterproof mascara. My current favorite is Maybelline New York The Colossal Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara
Here are the results on my eyelashes:
On the right are my eyelashes without mascara or a curl. On the left are my eyelashes curled and with this mascara.
In sum, an eyelash curler is an extremely necessary part of my makeup routine. It can really change the entire appearance of your eyes. If you’ve never tried them before, I encourage you to do so. Don’t be afraid of them and you’ll learn how to curl your eyelashes in no time.
Note: When picking out eyelash curlers make sure to take into account your eye shape and how the curlers shape will fit with your eyes. It may take a few tries to find the perfect curler for you.