Unless it's a special occasion, I nearly never use a eyelash curler on my fringe. I have heard too many horror stories about inadvertently slicing, pulling, or breaking off delicate lashes. Considering my clumsy tendencies, I don't think using the tool would be worth the risk. Reddit user Aub3912's terrifying mishap is just more proof that I shouldn't be trusted with a lash curler.
She posted the above image of her eye with the explanation "I sneezed while curling my eyelashes." If you look closely, you'll see that the inner third of her eyelid is completely devoid of fringe. She even went on to post the image of the tool with her lashes stuck to it. "I really thought I ripped my eyelid in half," she confessed.
This mishap is not just disturbing to those who adore their eyelashes but could be a health risk. Your fringe prevents small particles and bacteria from getting into your eyes, so losing this barrier could put your vision in harm's way (yikes!).
If this hasn't completely scared you off using eyelash curlers, there are a few precautions you can take to ensure a mishap like this doesn't happen to you.
- Never curl your lashes when wearing mascara. The tacky formula could cause your fringe to stick to the rubber pad of the tool. That could end in a few lost lashes.
- Change the pad every three months. With consistent curling, the little barrier between your lashes and the metal framework will deteriorate. If it wears down too far, curling could break or cut your lashes.
- Replace your tool frequently. Just like any of your other beauty devices, curlers become less precise with age and regular use. You should get a new lash curler every six months to ensure maximum performance.
- Don't use a lash curler when in motion. This includes commuting (whether you drive or take the train or bus), riding an elevator, and yes, sneezing. The repercussions are just far too great to risk it.