If you guess mascara. . . you’re wrong! If you guessed blush. . . you’re wrong! Yes, we love both of these finishing touches for what they do to polish the look, but today we’re focusing on a colorless, weightless and supremely underestimated tool in you make-up chest – the eyelash curler.
Ladies – no matter what mascara you’re using or how much you paid for it, if you are applying said mascara onto poker-straight lashes, you are denying it fifty percent of its magic.
We get it: no one likes putting ugly things by their face, but trust us when we say that this bad boy really does return the favor. Eyelash curlers accent a naturally occurring feature on your face with science – seriously – a lever and a fulcrum (?) collide to make magic on your eyelashes. Today, we encourage you to put your trepidations aside and give this marvel of the science world a try!
Spot the difference
To prove our point – here’s a picture of Libertee sans make-up and sans eyelash curl.
You can get an eyelash curler at any local drugstore and of course your local Sephora. We highly recommend purchasing a curler that is constructed of metal, not plastic. Science will explain this in the next step.
How cool is conduction?!
Remember how we told you to get a metal eyelash curler?! We’re so smart! Place your blow dryer on low and hold your curler about six inches away for ten to twenty seconds. This little trick turns your regular eyelash curler into a proverbial eyelash curling iron. Boom! The heat of the metal will actually make the curl of your lashes last that much longer.
Every good mother tests the . . . eyelash curler
Before you place the curler against your eye, be sure to test the heat of the metal on your wrist. We’d like to go so far as saying that this goes without saying, but, we’ve learned from experience that it needs to be said. Shit gets hot!
It's all about the angle.
Angle the tool relative to the same angle as your eyelids, doing your best to fit all of the lashes into the hole. This takes practice! Your goal is to get as close to the root as possible; not doing so will make your eyelashes appear as if they have been bent in half, and will not create that full, open eye effect you’re going for. Go slow, don’t hastily squeeze down as hard as you can, if you’re new to this, there’s an offside chance you’ll pinch yourself. Again, speaking from experience, that shit hurts. Gently squeeze, and if you don’t feel like vomiting, you’re in the clear!
Pump it up!
We prefer the “pump method”, as opposed to the “hold it method” (excuse the excessive use of jargon). Although she won’t ever admit it, Libertee adds an eyelash curler pump after every birthday. According to the last time she curled her eyelashes, she’s either 27 or she lost count. Short, pulsating pumps will result in a longer lasting curled, eyelash. Promise. But, in all honesty, ten pumps is probably enough.
Look at that!
Even without mascara – you really can see a difference! But if you do plan on going in public. . .
The final finishing touch.
Much like you’re denying your mascara of its efficacy by applying it onto straight lashes, you’re committing the same offence if you’re only applying it to half of your lashes. Be sure to get your mascara wand right down to the root of your lashes and wiggle it up the entire lash in an upright motion.
The final, final finishing touch.
Blush! Seriously. Eyelashes curled. . . Mascara wiggled. . . And blush applied takes a collective two minutes and makes all of the difference.
Because what’s worse than the small talk that ensues when you bump into someone you haven’t seen in ten years at the grocery store . . . not having mascara on when that happens.