Most of us have tried lash extensions, lash lifts, and everything in between. There is no comparison to the beauty of thick, raised lashes, but you don't have to go to a salon (or empty your pocketbook) to obtain them.
Curling your lashes is one of those often-overlooked procedures that may make a big impact. Sure, it appears redundant at first, but if you start doing it right, it's difficult to imagine that you ever ignored it. That being said, it may be daunting. A lash curler appears to be a torture gadget, and its use is not entirely self-explanatory.
With that in mind, we asked two cosmetic professionals how to curl your eyelashes properly, and trust us when we say you'll never skip it again. They also gave some expert advice on how to keep your lash curls firm and lifted all day.
A clean face is the most vital element of any skincare and cosmetics routine, and your lashes are no exception. Wash your face gently with a face wash, and delicately draw your lashes through. This ensures that any remaining makeup or makeup removal product is entirely removed from your lashes before setting your makeup for the day.
Curl your lashes with a standard lash curler as the first step to achieving an all-day hold. Take into consideration the comfort of the grip, the quality of the lash pads, and, if feasible, the fit of the curve to your eye shape. If you can't fit all of your lashes into your eyelash curler at once, use a half-lash curler. After you've chosen your lash curler (Henney suggests this Surratt option), clean it with a makeup wipe to remove any previous makeup residue.
"Once you've got a clean lash curler, the best way to start is to tilt your head slightly in the mirror, open up the lash curler, and then just gently lift the curler over your upper lash line," Henney explains, adding that you want to get as close to the lash line as possible without pinching it. "And then just pinch it slowly while looking in the mirror." Henney suggests pulsating the lash curler onto your lashes many times before releasing it, rather than simply holding it closed on the lashes.
Henney suggests using a quality lash primer after curling to help increase dimension. Remember, a tiny coating of primer is all that is required to prepare your lashes for mascara application. We adore this Dior selection because it has an oil serum concentration that instantly and gradually improves the thickness and curl of your lashes.
After curling your lashes with a traditional curler, apply some of your favorite mascara. To keep your eyelashes curled, apply mascara at the base of your lashes and work your way up. A couple of applications is sufficient, but a thick application may work against you and your curl. To keep your lashes curled, search for a volumizing, curl-locking cream. A waterproof formula is also recommended for added staying power.