Don’t Fear The Eyelash Curler

For all your beauty advice…

What’s that funny looking thing that looks like scissor handles on one end and a torture device on the other end? Why, that would be an eyelash curler! For someone who loves adding a new step into her beauty routine, I have to admit, these things have scared the you-know-what out of me my whole life! They look awkward and intimidating and I swear they come to life and stare at you while you sleep! I’ve realized I feel this way about this device simply because the first time I picked it up to try it, I thought I knew what I was doing…well, I didn’t.

Not a fan of reading directions on something new, I had a bad experience the first time I used it. I mean, how hard can it be? You just stick your lashes in and squeeze the thing, right? The first time I tried it, I stuck my lashes in it, but I also got my eyelid in there. Anyone who has ever experienced the pain of pinching your eyelid with one of these things knows there is no way to really emphasize OUCH!!! That was enough to put me off the eyelash curler forever…well, not forever. The next time I picked up an eyelash curler, I decided I would probably get better control over getting my lashes in there if I put mascara on first. Again, I didn’t read directions…big no-no. Sure, I was able to get my lashes into the curler and see that it was just my lashes and not part of my eyelid, but after I squeezed the handle a few times and took the curler off my lashes, some of them were missing. It’s one thing to hide a thinning area of hair on our head, but I’ve never figured out how to do a comb-over with my lashes.

A few years ago I was getting my makeup done and the makeup artist went to use an eyelash curler on me. Here is was, this torture device coming near my eye! I panicked, I freaked…once I wrestled her to the ground and got the thing out of her hand, she calmed me down and explained the proper way to use it.

Always curl your lashes BEFORE applying mascara. Open the curler all the way, insert lashes and center them. Once centered, make sure you don’t feel the curler all the way on your eyelid…this is where the pinching happens. Gently squeeze down with the curler and hold for about 30 seconds. Bend your wrist up a little and turn curler in towards your eyelid, and pump the handle gently. Repeat on the other eye and there you have it, beautiful lashes! Once you have mastered this technique, you will see what a difference it makes when you apply mascara! Your lashes will look longer and your eyes will look brighter.

A couple eyelash curlers I have finally embraced: Tweezerman Pro Curler is a really nice one to get started with. It comes with refill pads, which should be changed out every 6 months. Another favorite, and probably the most popular one on the market is the Shu Uemura eyelash curler. This one only comes with one refill pad that should be changed after 6 months and then the whole device should be changed after one year, they do not sell refill pads. Both of these curler are around $19. Shu Uemura also makes a mini eyelash curler that is about half the size of the regular one. That is also a good one to get started with because it gives you a little more control and allows you to curl your lashes in sections instead of all at once. (I’m trying to figure out a way to spell out Shu Uemura to sound it out and I can’t come up with anything. It was hard for me to learn how to say it right, so ask someone who knows how to say it and then practice it!)

What about you? Do you use an eyelash curler or are you afraid of it? Have you had a bad or funny experience with one? What is your favorite one to use? I look forward to hearing your experiences on this subject.

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