How to use an eyelash curler

Why Use an Eyelash Curler?

Very few people are born with the kind of long, thick, glamorous eyelashes sported by supermodels in fashion magazines. In many cases, not even the supermodels are born with them.

Some women try false eyelashes to achieve that look, and find themselves lost in a sea of sticky adhesive and frustrated tears.

Well, wipe away your tears and toss the adhesive. A simple eyelash curler can make your lashes seem longer and your eyes appear larger, brighter, and more beautiful.

Choosing an Eyelash Curler

Most eyelash curlers are made of metal, with a thin, vise-like gripper to hold the lashes in place. A spongy cushion in the lower section of the gripper protects the lashes as it shapes them. The gripper is controlled through a pair of finger loops.

Choosing an eyelash curler is simple. They are available in the cosmetics section of most drugstores and department stores. In most cases, the inexpensive curlers sold in discount drugstores do just as good a job, and last just as long, as the more expensive brand-name models.

Using Your Eyelash Curler

To use your eyelash curler, follow these simple steps:

  1. With your eye open, gently position the gripper near the base of your lashes.
  2. Slowly and gently squeeze the finger loops to close the gripper.
  3. Hold the gripper closed for 10 to 15 seconds. (Note: Keep your hand steady. Do not pull or jerk the curler during this step, as this may weaken your lashes or pull them out.)
  4. Slowly release the gripper.
  5. Repeat once or twice, if desired, until lashes are sufficiently curled. Then repeat these steps with the other eye.

While some eyelash curler manufacturers provide instructions indicating that you should use the curler before applying mascara, this is not a hard-and-fast rule. Some women find that applying mascara before curling the lashes results in a longer-lasting curl. However, the mascara may cause the cushion in your eyelash curler to wear out faster.

Some women choose to forego mascara altogether, for a natural look. For these women, curling the lashes can enhance the eyes while avoiding a “made up” look. For those seeking a more glamorous look, the darkening and thickening effects of mascara, combined with curling, can give your lashes the kind of full and dramatic look that will make people stand up and notice your beautiful eyes.

Maintaining Your Eyelash Curler

After each use, gently wipe any mascara or other residue from the curler with a dry tissue.

Keep in mind that your eyelash curler will not last forever. While the metal frame may last for years, the cushion will typically wear out after three to six months of use – more frequently if you apply mascara to your lashes before curling. It is time to replace the cushion (or the curler) when the cushion loses its firmness or starts to fall out of the frame.

Most eyelash curler manufacturers sell replacement cushions. While this can be more economical, some women simply prefer to replace the entire curler when the cushion becomes worn. Let your budget be your guide.

Here’s Looking at You!

Now curl those lashes and open your eyes to a new and glamorous look! Not only will your eyes shine, but so will you!

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