Did you know that using an eyelash curler can further enhance your eyes by making them look wider and brighter. Especially if you are like me and are cursed with light short eyelashes.This is one item my makeup bag is never without!!
Eyelash Curler Options
There are two types of eyelash curlers to choose from, the conventional clamp-down kind and the newer heated eyelash curler.
The traditional eyelash curler is metal and has the same kind of handles you’d find on a pair of scissors. The handles open and close a clamp that, when squeezed tight for a few seconds, produces a pretty curl. The curling end has a rubber pad to protect delicate eyelashes from the metal clamp. The curler works by crimping your lashes up toward your brow, making them look longer and more pronounced.
Ensure you replace the pad on the curler every two months to avoid any infection. An eyelash curler costs less than $5 to as much as $15, depending on the brand and the store. I always buy a replacement pack of the rubber pads at the same time as buying my new eyelash curler.
You have a few options when it comes to heated eyelash curlers. Some heated eyelash curlers use batteries to warm up the rubber pad while the rest of the curler stays cool to the touch.
Other heated models use a small heated brush rather than the clamp to curl the eyelashes. You run the heated brush from the base of the lashes to the tip, working from the center of the eye out to the edges. Heated eyelash curlers can cost anywhere from $10 to $20 depending on where you buy it.
Using an Eyelash Curler
If you have one of the newer, heated curlers, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
If you prefer the traditional, inexpensive model then start with clean lashes.
Ensure you have removed any old mascara from your eyelashes before you start to curl them.
Now here's the tid bit most people don't know...Use the eyelash curler before you apply fresh mascara. As mascara dries, lashes can stick to the curler and get pulled out so always curl and then apply.
Make sure you clamp with care. Open the curler and clamp the lashes near the roots.
Hold for 5 to 10 seconds to ensure your lashes will hold the curl...the longer you hold it, the more curl you get.
To avoid a sharp bend and create a natural curled look, gently release the curler and move it up the lash, away from the lid, by 1 or 2 millimeters and again clamp the lashes for 5 to 10 seconds. Gently release the curler and repeat the process one or two more times, moving the curler up the lashes, closer to the end of the lashes each time. Then apply your favorite mascara...et voila!!