If you know what you're doing, eyelash curling is the no-mascara option for longer-looking lashes and brighter eyes. But, as with everything else in beauty, the process is not as simple as it seems. Just curling your lashes sometimes (oftentimes) leaves a lot to be desired, so we did some research on other ways to end up with that beautifully curled-up lash. Here's what we found:
The Spoon Trick
This trick feels the most awkward—or even slightly dangerous (if you're risk-averse, just use a plain-old eyelash curler and call it a day—no one should lose an eye attempting beauty)—but here's the tip nevertheless: Grab a small silver spoon and a mirror. Bring the spoon up your eye—the curve should be facing outward, away from your eye. Using your thumb and pointer finger, press the base of your lash into the spoon's edge. Go in section by section. After some careful trial and error, we found—and this is where it feels hazardous—in order to get the best results, you need to give a little flick. Proceed carefully and maybe enlist a friend to hang nearby, before and after.
The Heat Trick
Also a bit dangerous, but with guaranteed results! The science behind this one is the same as the science behind using a curling iron. Heat up your eyelash curler with your hair dryer or warm water before using it. You can even buy a heated eyelash curler like this one. Hitting the right temperature means the effects will last longer and *boom *—camel lashes all day. Perhaps this is obvious, but test the temperature on your fingers or arm hair before you apply a hot apparatus to your face.
The Vaseline Trick
The third trick for curling your eyelashes involves lubricating them with a waxy substance. Your options are endless and exciting— Vaseline, Aquaphor, Glossier Balm Dotcom, Egyptian Magic...The “how' is easy: Coat your eyelashes in a thin layer of goop and curl them using a generic eyelash curler. The product will keep your eyelashes from getting brittle and will give some protection to the base of your lid. Additionally, it'll also treat your lashes like a hair mask would your hair—meaning they can bend without being torn out of your eyelids.
The Waterproof Mascara Trick
If you’ve ever used mascara right after you’ve curled your lashes, you know it can completely undo your curling efforts. But using mascara before you curl your eyelashes isn't the answer either. One solution *supposedly * is waterproof mascara. Waterproof formulas tend to be drier and able to hold the shape better than regular mascara formulas. Stay curly in water and on land.
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