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Curling Lashes in the Correct Way

Dec 24

My mom kept a lash curler at her vanity. I was able to use it to curl my lashes as a boy. This curler was the reason I fell in love with makeup.

It's something that I enjoy even though I am a professional makeup artist. Curling the eyelashes is an important part of makeup application, even though it's not often mentioned. If done correctly, it can produce amazing results. Curling will make your lashes look longer, thicker, and fuller. A curl can also make your eyes appear larger and more awake.

Every artist has their own method, but here is my technique how to curl lashes for easy lash curling on a client or yourself--time-tested from years of experience.

You should hold the curler in the same manner as a pair of scissors. If you're using the curler for a client, disinfect it all.

You can open the curler completely. Then, bring it to your upper eyelashes. You should make sure that you reach the root of the lash. You should ensure that all lashes are in the curler. Place the curler upright so that it faces outward.

Use a gentle, gentle squeeze to curl your lashes.

The curler should be turned upside down so its curve aligns with your eyelid curve. This is the key to curls.

To squeeze the curler handles, apply light pressure. Keep the tool in place for several minutes without moving.

Hold the curler at the root of your eyelash tip, and then pull it down until you reach the end.

Grab your eyelash curler and have a good look at the perfect curl. You can repeat this process if necessary before applying makeup to the other eye.

Many artists have their favorite lash curlers. I'm one of them. Professionals love Shiseido and Shu Uemura. These are ideal for people with flat or curved eyes.

Rounder eyes are more common and universal. My favorites are the Billy B Beauty Eyelash Curl and Kevyn Aucoin's Eyelash curler. The Billy B Beauty Eyelash curler is great for all eyes. It also provides great pressure for curling. Kevyn Aucoin was a late makeup artist who created the Shu Uemura Curler but felt it wasn't as universally useful as he wanted. His own Shu Uemura curler was created by him. It is much larger and produces the best, most tightly-knit curls that I have ever seen.

Here are some of my tricks and tips for curling your lashes. Don't be afraid to pinch. Let those lashes fly!

Know more at Lash Expressions.