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Curled lashes, along with eye makeup, make the eyes appear bigger and more attention-grabbing. An eyelash curler is the tool to use to curl lashes. Usually, an eyelash curler has two finger holes like those on a pair of scissors. Other eyelash curler models have a handle and a slide mechanism. The end of the eyelash curler is a clamp-like device that has two parallel bars with rubber edges. The rubber edges serve as a cushion so the eyelashes do not break or get cut off when they are being curled. The following section details the steps on how to use an eyelash curler.
Clean the lash area
Prior to putting on makeup and curling your lashes, make sure that your face, including the lash area, is clean. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, paying attention to the lash area. Alternately, apply makeup remover to your face to remove all traces of dirt and makeup. If there are remnants of mascara remaining on the lashes when curling them, they are likely to stick to the eyelash curler and get pulled out by the root.
This is painful and will lessen the number of eyelashes, so it must be avoided. Eyelashes grow less often than hair on the head does, and it is apparent when just a few are missing. Cleaning the lash area is also a good way to remove any oil. If the lashes are slippery, they are less likely to curl.
Heat the eyelash curler
This step is optional. However, it is recommended that the clamp end of the eyelash curler be heated for at least five seconds. This can be done by aiming the nozzle of a hairdryer, on a medium heat setting, at the eyelash curler. Some makeup artists use a lighter because its a faster method; however, it is not recommended. The open flame might make the eyelash curler too hot, and it might singe the lashes, or worse, burn skin in the eye area. It is also possible that the lighter burns the rubber edges of the eyelash curler. You might want to purchase a battery-operated model that can heat itself.
Curl the lashes
As mentioned, the eyelash curler has two parallel bars with rubber edges. Start with the eyes open normally and look straight ahead. If you open your eyes too wide, it will be difficult to get all the lashes in the eyelash curler. If you look down, you will find it tough to see if you are doing it correctly. Try to get all your eyelashes between the rubber edges of the curler. If that is not possible, curl in sections, from left to right or the other way around. Clamp the eyelash curler as close to the eyelid as possible, then hold for five seconds. Release the lashes, pull back the eyelash curler from the eyelids just a bit, and clamp again for 5 seconds. Repeat as needed. Curling two to three parts of the eyelashes curls them away from the eyeball for maximum effect. Remember to curl the lashes of the other eye the same way.
Putting on mascara to curled lashes keeps them curled for several hours. You can use clear mascara if you are young. To further emphasize the eyes, use colored mascara. The most commonly used is black, but there are many kinds of mascara, including those that curl lashes as well.