"This is How I Do It" series is here and I'm doing a very simple post regarding eyelash curling! Everyone should know how to curl their lashes by now right? But for someone who has short, non-existent lashes and because I'm blessed with more challenges in life! *laughs* My left eye is a bit more hooded so I tend to hurt myself when I tried curling my lashes during my younger years!
Just in case, you suffer from the same situation as I do, fret no more! After years of pinching, hurting and losing some eyelashes, I finally learned the simple tricks on how to deal this situation and best of all? I'm sharing the tricks I learned to all of you!
P.S. By the way, if you have long, full lashes, get out of here! *envious* :P
Picking the right eyelash curler
I own several eyelash curlers through the years and expensive ones don't always equate as the best ones, there are some lucky individuals who can get away with inexpensive eyelash curlers but there are a lot of unlucky ones! (me!) That's probably the reason why Shu Uemura and Shiseido eyelash curlers are famous because of their ability to "fit in" smaller eyes.
How to know your eyelash curler works for you? Close your eyes and gently press your eyelash curler as seen on photo below. If the curve fits the shape of your eyes, you got a nice curler on hand and hold on to it for life! *lol*
I learned about this trick when I was doing makeup on clients, there are clients whose eyes were curved in a different way both my Shiseido and Shu Uemura lash curlers can't seem to fit thus, no matter how much I try, I can't seem to reach to their lashes. If that's the case, invest in a heated lash curler like that of ModelCo or Blinc. (I've reviewed both in the past so please click the brand name for reviews.)
Now that the eyelash curler fits, I still have a problem! The curler pinches my lids!
I kept denying the fact that my left eye is more hooded than the other but after years of pinching *ouch* I've decided it's not fun to curl my lashes and I find myself skipping the process (which is a huge no-no!).
If you have hooded lids, there are 2 ways to curl your lashes without the pinching.
- Tilt your head backwards while eyes remain looking straight at the mirror, raise your brows and gently curl your lashes.
- If you have super hooded lids and the "tilting of the head" method doesn't work, use your ring finger and gently lift your eyelid (as shown on photo below) and curl your lashes. This is a super primitive method but it works!
Once you get hold of all your lashes, what's next?
Press the eyelash curler gently and see if there's any pinching. If confirmed none, press the eyelash curler closest to the roots of your lashes. I tend to count from 1-5. After counting, you're not done yet!
Continue curling the middle portion of your lashes then up to the tip. I like curling my lashes in 3 segments --- base, middle then tip for a natural curve.
You're happy with the curl, what's next?
Mascara! Pick mascaras that work for you and always start applying from the base then wiggle the wand upward until you reach the tip. Repeat step if necessary!
You get naturally curved lashes. Also, pick a mascara formulation can maintain the curl of your lashes. Usually, the super wet mascara formulation tends to weigh down lash hairs. Pick one that's not too dry yet not too wet.
If you have short, sparse lashes like I do or hooded lids, feel free to share other tips and tricks to our readers out there! I'd love to hear from you!