If I were allowed to bring one cosmetic with me to a desert island, it would probably be an eyelash curler. (I suppose the smarter answer would be sunscreen. Okay, AFTER sunscreen, it would probably be an eyelash curler.)
Fun fact: I have the most stick-straight eyelashes out of anyone I know. They’re actually fairly long, they just are just SO straight. If I don’t curl them, you really can’t tell I have any eyelashes at all.
Luckily, I realized this at a very young age and an eyelash curler was one of the first things I reached for when I started wearing makeup in middle school. (Luckily my best friend, Tasha, is three years older than me, and was able to educate me on the importance of eyelash curlers.) Not only do they make your lashes look longer, but it’s the most effective way to look more awake in the morning! (I’ve also started wearing fake lashes more often–I’m obsessed with Sephora’s, which are reusable up to 5 times! More on that in another post!)
Anyway, I’ve tried a lot of eyelash curlers over the years–the fancy curling wands, the heated ones, the plastic ones with cushy handles, but my favorites by far are always the classic metal variety. I recently picked up this one by Charlotte Tilbury and I love that it’s rose gold! It adds a little something extra to my makeup bag 🙂 The little things, you know?
Sometimes the process of going about using an eyelash curler can be confusing. Do you put on mascara before or after? What about eyeliner? How long do you squeeze it for? How do you avoid pinching? Here’s the process I use to curl my lashes every day:
If I’m applying eyeshadow, I’ll do that first prior to curling my lashes, as this won’t be affected by your curler like mascara or eyeliner would. However, applying mascara before curling makes lashes clumpy and makes lash breakage more likely. At least, in my opinion.
Then, curl lashes using an eyelash curler, squeezing at the base of the lashes. It shouldn’t be so close to your lid that it pinches, but it should feel tight. (Kind of like how it felt when your mom did your hair before school in the morning as a little kid.) Hold for five seconds, release, give one more squeeze, and repeat on the other side.
Tip: For extra staying power, give your lash curler a blast with your hair dryer to heat up the pad before curling your lashes. This will help them stay curled longer. (Think of this as the same science as behind your curling iron.) Just make sure the metal isn’t hot to the touch, so you don’t burn yourself.
Then, apply eyeliner, followed by mascara. (Speaking of mascara, I just got this Dior version and it is SO. GOOD. Sometimes I wonder if pricey mascaras are worth the money but this one DEFINITELY is. ) Okay. You’re done!
What is your experience with eyelash curlers? Love ’em? Hate ’em? What other beauty recommendations would you like to see?