Long eyelashes make the eyes appear brighter and wider. Many women are gifted with thick eyelashes while some have sparsely grown, short lashes. This is where false eyelashes come into the picture. Though false lashes are a popular cosmetic item among women who have naturally thin lashes, applying them is not as easy and convenient. An eyelash curler is a better alternative.
An eyelash curler is a metal or plastic cosmetic tool having a vise-like gripper and finger loops. The curved gripper is used to hold the lashes while shaping them. A cushion lines the base of the gripper for protecting the lashes from breakage. Thus, with an eyelash curler, the lashes are induced to lift by applying gentle pressure. It is much safer than using fake lashes, since no foreign object is attached to your skin.
Well-curled eyelashes define the shape and beauty of the eyes. Even if you have straight and short lashes, you can use a curler to make the best out of them. However, with so many brands of curlers in the market, choosing the best one is not an easy task. Given below are some useful tips on buying, using, and maintaining an eyelash curler.
Selecting a Curler
Curling lashes properly depends on the quality of the curler you have opted for and the directions of usage. Though costly branded curlers do the best job of lifting lashes, the regular inexpensive curlers are not bad either. Hence, it is not always necessary to spend a lot on a curler. While purchasing it, make sure you check for an intact cushion and curve angle of the gripper.
Applying Mascara before Curling
Whether to apply mascara before curling your eyelashes is up to you. While most manufacturers prescribe using the device without any eye makeup, some women prefer using eye shadow and mascara before curling to have long-lasting upward curled lashes. The only thing to keep in mind is to clean the curler of all traces of mascara after use.
Preparing Eyelashes for Curling
As per your choice, clean and prepare your eyelashes (applying eye shadow, liner, or mascara). Wait till your eye makeup dries completely. Ensure that the curler is clean and dry. Hold it in the same way as you hold scissors and open the gripper wide.
While retaining the wide position of the gripper, place the upper lashes in the mouth of the curler. Gently close your eyes and open them, so that all the lashes are positioned parallel to the clamps. Then adjust the curler to the base of the lashes (near the eyelid but not over it). Keeping your eyes open, close the gripper and retain it in the same position for a few seconds. Finally, open the curler and remove it. Follow the same steps for the other eye.
With practice, it becomes easier to use an eyelash curler. Coming to its longevity, it will not last for a lifetime. With the correct maintenance, you can increase its durability. Do not forget to wipe off the cushion after every use with a dry tissue paper. If you notice that the cushion is no longer firm, replace it or buy a new curler.