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How To: Using an Eyelash Curler

Lots of ladies out there are scared of curling their eyelashes, but really, there's no reason to be afraid. So in this week's How To, I'll be explaining how to use an eyelash curler.

I'm not going to lie: Using a curling tool is a strange sensation, but it certainly doesn't hurt. Plus, I'm willing to endure some awkwardness for long, curled lashes. It's easy to achieve beautiful lashes with just an eyelash curler and mascara. For easy three step instructions on how to curl your lashes,

  • Step 1: Start when your lashes are clean, dry, and mascara-free. Open the eyelash curler and, keeping your eyes open, place your upper lashes between the two sides.
  • Step 2: Starting at the inner corner of your eye, position the curler as close as possible to your eyelid without pinching your skin. When your lashes are tucked inside, gently clamp the curler together.
  • Step 3: Hold for ten seconds, then repeat as necessary, moving outward to curl the entire lash line.


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divapupgirl divapupgirl 8 years
shu uemera makes a mini eyelash curler for those lashes that you can't get.. I don't know if it's available stateside, but it certainly is available in Asia.
littleblonde littleblonde 9 years
i can't live without my eyelash curler! it makes the eyes open up so much more, then added with mascara, ahhmazing. it's important to hold your blow dryer to the wax piece on the curler to make it actually curl your lashes.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
That's helpful. However I'm still stuck because my eyelashes just don't curl! I try holding the curler for a really long time and going really slowly but it still doesn't work. Am I doing this wrong? My friend said that maybe my eyelashes just don't curl--is that natural??
Rowanvamp0 Rowanvamp0 9 years
Seems like we are bringing back the old Eyelash Curlers. Thanks Bella for writing this seems we all needed this How to..something taken for granted is usually something that we all were wondering about.
pipette1110 pipette1110 9 years
i have a new one, i'm not scared, but i can't keep my eyes open!
mae177 mae177 9 years
i have super stubborn eye lashes, and i've gone through tons of eyelash curlers.. right now i'm using sonia kushak's [sp?] eyelash curler that sells at target, and the price isn't too bad. but what i've found out is that mascara definitely makes a difference. if i get one that is too heavy, my lashes won't curl at all. so yah, if you have stubborn lashes like mine, keep in mind the eye lash curler as well as the mascara you use.
Loreal25 Loreal25 9 years
I bought an eyelash curler a while ago and tried it, but really didn't see a difference. I'm gonna try it again. The one I have is Revlon and I got it at Walmart (maybe that's why I didn't see a difference?) Are there recommendations for the best curlers, or was I just not using the one I have correctly?
total total 9 years
Isahrangme, I've heard that using a special curler really helps get those outer lashes (I have the exact same problem as you). I haven't tried this yet, but it's on my wishlist..... Here is what I am considering buying: Has anyone tried detail curlers? Do they work?
potterlove potterlove 9 years
I think the lashes would be even more set if everyone applies clear mascara after curling. Cute and natural.
Emiily Emiily 10 years
I am currently without ANY eyelash curler. I am going crazy, I need to buy a new one ASAP. It's weird having straight eyelashes, I look so much better with curled ones. I had to wear more eyeliner today because of it too. I love eyelashes curlers, heated ones too. Eyelashes are beautiful, & I'll never understand why some men have beautiful eyelashes that are long, thick and luscious, but I am stuck with skimpy ones : /
jen-n-juice jen-n-juice 10 years
I definitely don't curl for 10 seconds! I kinda squeeze for a half second or so and then move up the lash line pretty quickly. In my experience (and being an Asian girl), I've found that no matter what I do, the curl never holds for long unless I use waterproof mascara! Heat/curling mascaras/holding the squeeze are no help. Any other Asian ladies feel the same?
yumemiru yumemiru 10 years
I use a combination of Shiseido eyelasher curler and my heated curler(s), those with two AAA batteries. There was a heated one sold in Wal-mart for less than $4 CND and it worked so well. I haven't replace my old heated curler. It still works like it's new and it have been used more than a year. It's a great investment, it's worth the money. Also I used the heating curler with bowdryer, I always somehow hurn myself, but not with a heated one (the battery ones)
SparklinSeahorSe SparklinSeahorSe 10 years
^YES. it's totally worth it. i know you're supposed to replace yours every so often but i've had mine for 3 years (and i've replaced the pad continously) and it still works like new.
motherhelen motherhelen 10 years
Is the Shu eyelash curler really that much better than another brand? Please let me know. Thanks!
shini shini 10 years
oh yay I didn't really know how long and how many times I had to hold for so thanks for the tip!
rgrl rgrl 10 years
Eyelash curlers never seem to do anything for me, I tried them twice over the years, and always ended up throwing them away. Now I am intrigued to try one again, but it sounds like I was doing everything right before...
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
ace... try doing more than one curl on your lashes. If you have several "crimps" you don't really notice it, it just looks like one big curl.
ace ace 10 years
I always feel like I get a weird crimp in my lashes, even if I hold for as little as a few seconds. Suggestions?
Ladytronic Ladytronic 10 years
i was like 29 before i discovered the wonder of eyelash curlers far too long i have found i don't even need mascara if i use one
alison3001 alison3001 10 years
the best beauty tip i have ever received was to BLOW DRY your curler for about 30 seconds...make sure it's not too hot to burn your eyelids and then curl your eye lashes. it's seriously a wonder!
krisua krisua 10 years
I own one of these; very useful ;)
nikkih nikkih 10 years
I had to laugh when I read your post, smartypantssugar...I did the same thing once! Ouch!!
stephaniekae stephaniekae 10 years
I never found it scary, but pinching the skin does hurt. :/
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
If your eyelash curls aren't holding all day, its possible that you're only getting mascara at the tips, and not down to the base, thus weighing down your curls. When you're applying the mascara, wiggle the brush gently from side to side. This helps to get the brush down to the base of your lashes. Also, I find that 1 coat works fine, and 2 kinda weights it down. Good luck!
Beauty Beauty 10 years
Hi Everyone, Great comments. To answer mtx, the curl is set with mascara. I would apply one coat for a natural look and two for a dramatic look. It will hold all day! To answer isahrangme, try curling your lashes in at least two sections. Place the curler as close as you can (just make sure you don't get your skin caught) to the base of your lashes, squeeze the curler a little bit harder and hold a few seconds longer than usual. If you still aren't getting the results you want, if the curler is metal, hold it under the hairdryer for a few seconds. Your lashes are made of hair so they will respond to heat - just be careful not to burn your eyes!
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