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How to Curl Stubbornly Straight Eyelashes?

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Q: I consider myself one of the lucky girls to have long eyelashes… but my problem is that my lashes don’t stay curled! I use mascara as well as an eyelash curler. They stay curled for about 10 minutes and then go straight. Plz suggests me ways to curl those stubborn lashes.
Expert Answer

Before we discuss tips on what to do in your situation, we find it best to discuss the fundamentals of eyelash curlers. A lot of women have similar complaints to you and just found that they were either using the wrong curler or using the right curler in the wrong way. Let us guide you through the fundamentals once again.

The first thing to remember when using an eyelash curler is to remove* any bits of make-up from both your eyes and from the eyelash curler. This is so that bacteria will not spread and so that unnecessary allergies and infections can be avoided. The next step is optional, so women prefer to heat up their mascara. Like that of a curling iron, a heated up eyelash curler offers a more dramatic and long lasting curl. Just make sure to touch the curler to test its heat before holding it up to your eye area, as this area is very sensitive. Then proceed to curl you lashes, carefully line your lashes with the curler placing it on the upper lashes just above the lash roots then, hold. Hold this for around 10 to 30 seconds. Careful not to press too hard or to tug at you lashes as this could damage your lashes. Remember that the eyes must be half opened when curling the lashes. After curling it, apply mascara then you’re done!

Another option, when you’re going for a more natural look, is just to apply a little bit of petroleum jelly and stroking it unto the lashes, this makes the lashes look dewy. You can look great at the gym, at the beach or when running errands even with no trace of makeup on.

There are different factors to be considered when choosing an eyelash curler such as the shape of the eyelash curler and whether to get an electric curler or not. With regards to the first factor, everyone is born with a different shape of eyes. It is important to determine whether or not your lashes fit perfectly into the eyelash curler. If not, part of your lashes could be left out, and your lashes will end up looking uneven. The second consideration would be to get an electric curler or not, if you’re in a rush during mornings then this could be one for you. However, if you’re in no particular hurry then just manually heating the eyelash curler with a blow dryer or dipping it in warm water will do the trick. Also this will save you a couple of dollars.

Always look out for a good grip and a sturdy pad on your eyelash curler. The grip and pad on an eyelash curler could make or break it. The grip has to be firm enough to create a long lasting curl but at the same time it should not be too tight as to cause damage on your lashes.

It is always good to pick a good silicone pad that is not too thick or too thin. If the silicone pad is not of good quality, a clear line could show on your lashes which could make it look unnatural.

If you have tried the above tips and it just doesn’t seem to work for you then here are a couple more of tips and tricks to getting those beautiful lashes to stay up!

  • Curl your lashes after applying your mascara. We know this sounds crazy but hear us out. Women that do this often find that the curl holds longer. Just remember to only to curl once your mascara has thoroughly dried.
  • Walk it out. According to makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian, author of Asian Faces: The Essential Beauty and Makeup Guide for Asian Women, to avoid the L-Shape, “make sure to walk the curler out” by starting at the base and holding it there for 10 seconds, then a shorter hold in the middle and then at the tip.
  • Use your curler every day. As they say, practice makes perfect. Using a curler everyday trains your eyelashes to stay a certain way and before you know it they’ll be doing that with little to no help at all!

We hope we have answered your question and more. We believe that there is no way that curlers don’t work for a woman, she just needs a little bit of help in how to use it. Before you know it, you’ll be calling your eyelash curler your best friend.