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Let’s be real: There’s nothing quite like the appearance of curled lashes. And if that’s the look you’re hoping to achieve, then you may want to consider adding an eyelash curler to your makeup bag. The thing is, if you’ve never used a lash curler before, you may not be quite exactly sure how to work the thingamajig. The good news is, eyelash curlers are actually pretty easy to use. Below, we’re spilling trade secrets on how to use a lash curler as part of your eye makeup routine.
While some people may choose to break out their lash curler after they’ve already swept on a coat or two of mascara, you’ll be better off beginning with clean, bare lashes. That’s because curling lashes that are already coated in mascara can leave you with a crusty, gunky curler and make it harder to use. Since we’re sure we can all agree that’s a situation worth avoiding, remove any eye makeup you might be wearing before grabbing your lash curler. Simply hold a cotton pad soaked in purifying micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types, over your eyelids for a few seconds, then wipe to remove any eye makeup that may be lingering on your lashes. Micellar water is a convenient cleansing option, as it doesn’t require any rinsing.
OK, now you’re ready to pick up your eyelash curler! Here’s how to use it: Start by hold the lash curler up to your eye. While your eye is open, open the curler. Place your lashes between the clamps, getting as close to the base of your lashes as you can, without pinching your eyelid. Close the clamp on your eyelashes and hold it for a few seconds. After you release, walk the eyelash curler out and repeat one in the middle of your lashes and once at the tips for a complete curl. Easy, right?
If you’d like to opt for a no makeup, makeup look, feel free to skip this step. Otherwise, you’ll want to apply eye shadow and eyeliner before mascara, otherwise you could end up with lashes covered in shadow fallout. And that’ll just add more time to your makeup routine. Sweep a neutral shadow from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow collection onto your lids, then use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Black for an invisible eyeliner effect. This technique, called tightlining, is created by gently pulling up on your eyelid and lining directly on your upper waterline.
Obviously, this tutorial is all about the lashes, which means you’ll want to make use of a lash primer. Trust us, this one extra step in your makeup routine is seriously worth it. (Not convinced? Check out our ultimate guide on using makeup primer.) A single coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer can help your mascara apply more smoothly and can boost its effects, too.
You knew this was coming. it’s time for mascara. Try the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara. Place the brush at the base of your lashes, then gently sweep up to the tip, being sure to completely coat your lashes and cover up any visible white from the primer. For an added boost of boldness, brush on an extra coat.
Your cheeks aren’t the only spot that can benefit from getting their glow on. Apply a light, icy highlighter, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in Ice, to the inner corners of your eyes and below your brows to open up the look of your eyes. Who knew highlighter could be used this way?
Ready to put your new lash curler knowledge to use? Follow out tutorial on How to Contour Your Lashes. This eye makeup trend involves curling your lashes with an eyelash curler, swiping on primer, and applying blue mascara on your top lashes and black mascara on your bottom lashes.