This is the fourth article in a series about essential beauty tools; this is about the eyelash curler. 

Long, dark, beautifully curled eyelashes are the envy of makeup lovers everywhere.  Some people are born with amazingly curled lashes; for the rest of us, there is the eyelash curler!

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The first article is, “Makeup Brushes Guide: The Essential Starter Kit”.  The article explains the minimum number and type of makeup brushes that you should have in your beauty bag.

The second article, “The Mascara Shield: A Unique Product for Awesome Eyelashes“, goes into detail about the mascara shield.  The article explains what it is, how it can help you with your makeup and how to best use the product.

Finally, the third article, “The Beauty Sponge: Guaranteed to be Your Amazing New Favorite“, details what a beauty sponge is, how you can use them and why you will love the beauty sponges once you try them.

The series is about the beauty tools you should keep in your makeup bag to help you with your everyday makeup and beauty routine.   Having these tools available to you can have a tremendous impact on the amount of time you spend getting ready each morning, so, if for no other reason, use these tools to claw back a few precious moments for yourself each day.  

Beauty tools are great time savers.


What is an Eyelash Curler?

An eyelash curler is a mechanical, hand-held device used to curl your lashes.  The better lash curlers are made of stainless steel, have a sturdy silicone pad to cushion your lashes and a comfortable, rubber lined grip. 

I prefer metal eyelash curlers because I like to warm the curler before using it on my lashes.  Plastic lash curlers are available, but, they do not work for me.

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Eyelash Curler – Showing Metal Construction, Padded Handles and Open Lash Bed

A sturdy, well maintained pad to cushion your lashes is an imperative.  Used the correct way, curlers are not damaging to your eyelashes.  However, it’s important to make it a habit to ensure the pad is in good shape before you use the lash curler on your lashes.

Regarding the grip, make certain the grip has cushioned handles.  Curling your lashes can be a two-step process and you want to make certain you have the best and most comfortable tools to work with.

To create beautifully curled, natural looking lashes, makeup artists swear by eyelash curlers.  Curling your eyelashes before applying mascara will give the appearance of thicker, more lush lashes. 

Even those who wear false eyelashes can benefit from using an eyelash curler.  If you curl your lashes and apply mascara before applying the false eyelashes, your lashes will blend in more uniformly with the curled false lashes.   

One big no-no to mention; do not curl your lashes after applying mascara.  You may have seen vloggers use an eyelash curler after applying their mascara in some videos.  I do not recommend that.  You know for certain, you will make a mess with the wet mascara.  More importantly though, you can potentially damage your lashes.   


How to Use an Eyelash Curler

Some people are intimidated by the thought of using a lash curler.  Indeed, when you hear the horror stories about people pinching their eyelids or pulling out lashes; it gives you pause.  However, if used properly, lash curlers are a safe, beauty enhancing product.

Before you curl your eyelashes, do the following:

  • Complete all your other eye makeup; your mascara should be the last step
  • Comb your lashes with a spoolie to comb out fibers, etc., and ensure lashes are forward facing

To use the eyelash curler most effectively:

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Eyelash Curler

  • Use a hair dryer to warm the lash bed of the curler.  To do so, simply point the hair dryer at the lash bed for 5 – 10 seconds.  Caution: Grasp the closure with your hand before using to make certain it is not too hot; you can possibly burn your eyelids or your eyes if it gets too warm 
  • Open the eyelash curler and position the top edge along your lash line; making certain to get all your lashes between the clamps.  Place the top edge close to the lash root, but, keep in mind that the top edge is thinner than the bottom edge of the clamp, so leave enough space so you do not pinch your eyelids.  Do a light squeeze test to ensure that you are not pinching your eyelid when the curler is closed
  • When you are comfortable with the position of the curler, squeeze and release the handles 8 – 10 times  
  • Check the curl in your lashes.  If you are happy with the look then you are ready to apply mascara.  If you desire more curl, move the curler out toward the tips of your lashes and perform the curling process again

After use, wipe off any accumulated product, if necessary.  Inspect the pads every month to ensure they are not cracked or breaking.  Replace the pads as necessary.

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