One of the main beauty tools I use and the one which causes the most looks of horror when I approach clients with it in my hand is my eyelash curler! Upon first glance, an eyelash curler looks like something straight out of a medieval nightmare however if used the right way is a necessary makeup tool and completely painless.
Like most tools, there is a wide variety of different types, sizes and ways to use an eyelash curler. The standard eyelash curler is held with your thumb and middle finger for a more controlled experience. But there are also heated eyelash curlers that look like wands, and precision eyelash curlers that help curl your lashes in small groups allowing for a more precise experience, or easier experience if you have smaller eyes.
Always start with clean lashes. Using a curler after applying mascara makes it easier to break or pull out lashes.
With your eyes open or looking down at an angle, lift your eyelid slightly with your opposite hand and place the curler at the base or root of your lashes. Once your curler is in place at the root of your lashes, gently clamp the curler together in a pumping motion, moving your curler outward toward the tip of the lashes as you go. Repeat if need be.
Remember to look at yourself in the mirror, so you’re not blindly squeezing.
NEVER Heat up your lash curler. It heats up to quickly, making it too easy to burn your fragile skin and lashes. Ouch!
Tight line your lashes. Create a tight line with your eyelash curler for instant results. With a gel eyeliner, paint a line on the eyelash curler pad (the rubber section that curls your lashes), then get your eyelash curler as close to your eyelid as possible. You’ll want the curler to slightly touch your lid under your lashes. Then hold at the base for at least 10 sections and then curl as normal. If done correctly, you should have applied eyeliner on your lid to give the effect of fuller lashes! Take a peek at celebrity makeup artist Wayne Goss’s video to show you exactly how it’s done. Beware, this technique does require a couple of practice runs before you use it on your big night out!
Keep your eyelash curler clean. The one thing I harp on about to every one of my clients is the necessity to keep your eyelash curler clean. This isn’t just for hygiene but if you leave makeup on the rubber of your eyelash curler, the rubber gets hard and in effect turns your eyelash curler into a pair of scissors!!! After every use, is a small amount of makeup remover or a baby wipe to clean your lash curler ensuring that you will have lovely curled lashes each time.
Experiment with different types of curlers until you find the one that is right for you. The right fit for you depends on your eye shape. Remember, don’t be scared of eyelash curlers. You are in charge at all times and if you don’t like it, you can stop!
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