The Importance of an Eyelash Curler

Earlier last month month, I published a post all about makeup brushes and why it is so important to use the proper tools. An eyelash curler may not be a brush, but it is definitely a makeup tool that is a lot more important than you might think. If you’ve never used one before, you have no idea what you’re missing! I understand it might look a little intimidating, but it doesn’t cause any pain and it can completely transform your eyes in a matter of seconds!

The first thing you need to consider when bringing an eyelash curler into your routine is which one to choose. Just like makeup brushes, not all eyelash curlers are created equal. Some are better quality than others, and they all vary in shape and size. Quality might be something you can look past, but the shape and size is definitely important.

Don’t be discouraged if it takes a few tries to find one that perfectly fits your eye shape. Exchange what doesn’t fit until you find one that does. I wish I knew where I got this eyelash curler from, but I have absolutely no idea. I’ve had it for as long as I can remember and there isn’t a brand listed on it anywhere.
There are many different eyelash curlers available on the market (even self-heated ones), but I prefer the traditional style. Using heat to curl your lashes definitely does help, just like in curling your hair. That is a step that I’ll skip if I’m in a hurry, but if I have time I’ll use my blow dryer to heat it up for a few seconds -- as you might remember from my mascara routine.

All you do to use an eyelash curler is line it up as close to your lash line as possible and squeeze for a few seconds. You can also pulse the curler and move it up the lashes, whatever works best for your natural lash and eye shape.

If it pinches on the lash line, that means you’re clamping it down too close. In that case, just move the curler out slightly. If it pinches on the inner or outer corners, that means you’re using a curler that doesn’t fit your eye. That’s why it’s important to find one that’s right for you. Some lash curlers might be too curved, too straight, too long, or too short. The only way to find which one works best for you is to try it.
I typically curl my lashes twice before applying mascara. It can be done after mascara is applied, but I find that method to always make a mess even if the mascara is completely dry. Plus, applying it before mascara keeps the curler clean. It wipes clean with a makeup remover wipe pretty easily, it’s just annoying to have to do. So I avoid that and just do it before mascara. If you let mascara build up on the curler, you also run the possibility of bacteria growth which could lead to an infection. Keep your tools clean!

The above photo shows before and after curling the lashes twice. Even if you don’t wear any makeup or plan on applying mascara, curling the lashes can instantly lift the eyes and make you look more awake. The photo below is what it looks like with mascara when the lashes are curled versus when they're not. The left side is without and the ride side is with a curl.
Of all the upgrades you can make in your beauty routine, this has to be one of the easiest and fastest. Especially for the results you get! In total, it probably takes me an extra 60 seconds to curl my lashes. That is not a lot of time to set aside for something that makes such a big difference. Although it doesn’t take a lot of skill, it might take a little bit of an adjustment -- just remember, practice makes perfect!

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~Christina~

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  1. I usually skip this step, but you've got very valid before and afters to convince me to try harder!

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    1. I can't even remember the last time I skipped curling my lashes! It was so weird doing it for the comparison pictures. It's a completely different experience! Let me know if you add it into your routine, I'd love to hear your experience! :)

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