It may be easy to find a quick cat eye makeup tutorial online or a demonstration on applying glitter eye makeup, but learning how to use the actual tools of the trade is somewhat trickier. One of the biggest conundrums of the beauty world is eyelash curling, an utter mystery to some. But, for those looking for some tips on how to use an eyelash curler properly with mascara, our top 10 is sure not to disappoint!
1. Go with metal: The first step in figuring out how to use an eyelash curler is to ensure that you have the right kind. While you may very well be able to get plastic clamp curlers on the cheap, there is a reason why metal curlers cost more, they’re simply safer. Plastic based curlers can snap and break leaving a rather large and awkward device dangerously near your eye, increasing the risk of mishap injury. Another benefit to metal? When curling with mascara for thicker lashes they are easier to clean and remove makeup build up.
2. Add some heat: Not only can adding heat reduce the risk of crimping by curling faster and with less pressure, it also can help keep the hold longer, so it lasts throughout the day. Consider the best heated eyelash curler you can find if budget allows (we suggest Panasonic eyelash curler) and especially if you wear authentic mink eyelashes by Minki Lashes, but if not, heating a metal curler with a blow dryer on a low setting for a few seconds before use will suffice.
3. Keep your bumpers clean: One of the biggest mistakes that people make when figuring out how to use an eyelash curler after applying mascara is dirty bumpers. When bumpers get built up with makeup and goo, too much excess gunk can stick to lashes which can lead to them being pulled clean out. If bumpers are dirty, clean them. And, if they are cracked or damaged, replace them. Most better brands come with an extra bumper, and recommend changing it after six months of use. One of the biggest advantages of using a heated eyelash curler is that you do not need to worry about the bumpers, and the overall cleaning process is easier!
4. Apply only a little mascara before curling: Unfortunately, the preferred method of how to use mascara properly often means the application of up to three or four coats of the stuff. This is fine if you don’t intend to use a curler. However, if you plan to coat before you curl, do so with one coat only applied. You can always add more coats following the curl, but it’s wise to start with just a base coat before busting out your heated eyelash curler. Remember that only an electric curler is safe to use after applying mascara; a conventional clamper may damage your own and false eyelashes.
5. Avoid use on extensions: While most salons will completely forbid the use of mascara on extensions, oil free mascara formulations are generally fine, even on higher end mink eyelashes. However, if you ask a lash technician how to use an eyelash curler on extensions, they may show you right to the door. The pressure and clamping action of the device can quickly and easily remove even tightly bonded extensions, and should be avoided entirely by those sporting faux fringe. Don’t be discouraged, however, as there is one way of how to use an eyelash curler properly with your extensions, and it’s if you get strictly authentic cruelty-free mink fur extensions (such as those by the Minki Lashes brand – inquire at your local salon!) and a heated curler (Panasonic will do!). Gentle upward strokes of heat are gentle enough for fur!
6. Start at the base and move outward: Interestingly enough, many people just don’t know how to use an eyelash curler properly, mascara included or otherwise. The clamping tool (if you don’t use the electrical kind) is not meant to be pressed once and create a harsh and angled upward bend. It’s meant to provide subtle and lifted curl. To achieve this, the device should be placed close (not too close, be careful!) to the lash line. From here, gentle presses moving along the lashes outward to the tips will created a gently curved curl.
7. Leave the bottoms alone! Using mascara in itself can be tricky on bottom lashes, but even attempting to go at the short and tinys with a curler is downright madness. Serious risk of injury can result and at the end of the day. There is simply not enough room and no proper way of how to use an eyelash curler for any curl at the bottom lash line. Unless you carefully use a heated eyelash curler!
8. Choose mascara wisely: Not all mascaras are created equal, and therefore not all will offer the same look as an end result post curling either. Choosing mascaras that are less likely to clump and chunk are critical if planning to use them prior to using a clamp curler. Physican’s Formula Mascara is a great paraben-free choice, and so are non-volumizing offerings that don’t use nylon fibers or other components that can be considered curling challenges.
9. Comb lashes with a clean wand before applying additional mascara: After applying a single coat pre-curl, reduce the risk of excessive clumping by combing the lashes before applying subsequent coats. A clean mascara wand does the trick nicely and can eliminate the chunks that can come from clamping with mascara on.
10. Don’t hold too long: When learning how to use an eyelash curler, one of the most important tips is that timing is everything. If you think of mascara as hairspray, it becomes easier to understand why holding the curler on for too long can result in crimps and kinks, the same way that hairsprayed hair can react to holding a hot iron on it for too long. Three seconds and no more per squeeze to afford soft and natural curl without harsh bends.