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Let’s be real: There’s nothing quite like the appearance of curled lashes. And if that’s the beauty 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 exactly sure how to work the thingamajig into your daily makeup look. 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.
Editor’s note: Do you somehow still always seem to end up with makeup on your lash curler? Once again, your micellar water can help you out! Give your curler a quick wipe down and it should be as good as new.
OK, now you’re ready to pick up your eyelash curler! Here’s how to use it: Start by holding 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 once 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, or 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 Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil 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, adding this one extra step to your makeup routine is seriously worth it. (Not convinced? Check out our article, How to Apply Makeup Primer: The Complete Guide.) A single coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise™ Mascara Primer/Base 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 pink 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.
Now that you know how to use an eyelash curler, let’s go over how not to use an eyelash curler. Here are some no-no’s you’ll want to keep in mind.
Eyelash curlers need to be cleaned, too! Neglecting to clean your curler can lead to an eye infection—so make sure to add your eyelash curler to your list of makeup tools that are due for a cleaning. Wash it with soap and water for a clean, blank slate.
We already touched on this but always curl your lashes prior to applying mascara—not after. Not only can working in the opposite order lead to a dirty lash curler, but curling after can actually crack your lashes in the process since mascara makes your lashes stiffer.
A lot of the time, people forget to not just clamp their lash curler over their lashes, but to gently pull the curler upwards. This will give your lashes an instant lift along with some curl!
Generally, lash curlers aren’t the type of product you can keep forever and never replace. Over time, the pads that help curl your lashes wear out and you’ll notice your curl isn’t quite as nice. With some lash curlers, you can buy replacement pads so that you can keep your curler for the long haul, while others might require buying a whole new lash curler.
Ready to put your new lash curler knowledge to use? Follow our 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. So pretty!