How to: Use an eyelash curler

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

How to use an eyelash curler

The majority of women have heard of the benefits of using an eyelash curler, but have been too nervous to give it a try. This little beauty tool might look like a torture device, but if used correctly, it doesn’t put you in any danger whatsoever! It puts a curl and a lift in your top lashes, which in turn opens your eyes and makes you look wide awake. It’s also the perfect tool for anyone who doesn’t like wearing a lot of make-up, as it makes a significant difference to your look without requiring much time or effort.

Follow these simple steps and put your fears of the eyelash curler behind you!

Step 1
Make sure your lashes are clean (this means no mascara or eyelash gel / serum) and completely dry. Open your eyelash curler and position it so that your upper lashes fit in between the two sides of the curler. Be sure to keep both your eyes open while doing this.

Step 2
Bring the curler as close as possible to your lash line, but be careful not to pinch your eyelid! Gently clamp down so that the opening closes and your lashes are tucked in firmly.

Step 3
Hold it down for ten seconds. If you want extra volume, you can repeat the process.

It’s easier to start at the inner corner of your eye and move outwards.

A deep black mascara will show off the effects of the curler the best.

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Written by

Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. PrudenceB

    I have seen the trend of this product. Haven’t tried it but I have added it on the to my must buy list.

    2 years ago •

  1. Khalieda Osman

    I love using an eyelash curler with my Avon black mascara.

    2 years ago •


    I never use an eye lash curler. It looks too scary to me.

    3 years ago •

  1. Safiya Rawat

    I rarely use my eye lash curler, as I feel it’s best used between two coats of mascara and I don’t wear heavy make up often.

    4 years ago •

  1. Sashnee Rambaly

    Thanks, I will try it out.

    4 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    Interesting, I had one of these and never knew how to use it.

    5 years ago •

  1. MEL1SSA

    I love the eyelash curler. It helps to separate and elongate the eyelashes just before you apply mascara.

    5 years ago •

  1. Lorraine

    Thanks for the advice. I have had an eyelash curler for years but I never knew how to use it. So I am going to try it. Never to old to learn.

    5 years ago •

  1. Aqeela Galvaan

    Love my eyelash curler but I find that my lashes don’t hold the curl for more than an hour :(. I’ve got the MAC half lash curler which is supposedly easier to use than a full lash curler.

    5 years ago •

  1. Alae Conradie

    Using an eyelash curler is one of the easiest way to make your make-up look wonderful. It opens up the eyes and makes your lashes look much longer, especially with the help of a great mascarra. An important note is to never EVER curl your lashes after putting mascarra on. It will literally snap your lashes like little twigs…

    5 years ago •

  1. Nancy Katy

    I love my eyelash curler. I use mine every day then apply my mascara. I often get compliments on how long my lashes look. I never use false eyelashes as my eyelash curler and mascara is all I need to get fab eyelashes.

    5 years ago •

  1. Anne-france Ilunga

    I love to use my eyelash curler. The first time I got one it was for my birthday and at first I didn’t know how to use it until my sister showed me but after that I couldn’t use mascara without starting with my curler. My days of having eyelashes curling on the opposite side were over.♥♥♥

    5 years ago •

  1. Fatima Bibi Hoosen

    My sister used my eyelash curler with mascara a few times and I didn’t notice. The next time I used it it was sticky n kinda stuck to my lashes. I ended up chopping a few of my lashes! I didn’t use 1 for a very long time after that but then bought a good 1 and kept it away from my sister Lol

    5 years ago •

  1. Zellikinz

    It really does work. I would die without mine.

    5 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    Love my eyelash curler. A good tip I learnt from a professional make-up artist recently, is to apply mascara to the top of your upper lashes, as well as the underside. Apply to the top first, and then as you usually would – you will see an immediate difference. It’s a simply way to get thicker lashes because you’re completely coating your lashes in mascara. x

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I’ve tried a number of eyelash curlers but my lashes are so thin and sparse – the only thing that curls my lashes is actually a great mascara.

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    I love eyelash curlers, it is part of my routine. I especially love a heated one.

    5 years ago •

    1. Ayesh

      Hey Azraa,

      How do your heat the eyelash curler? I have one with a rubber-ish handle. Do I dip in warm water, or? Because I’ve got no clue!

      Thanks! xx

      5 years ago •

  1. Hess

    I’ve used this thing in so many different ways – never thought to find out the correct way.

    5 years ago •

  1. Cornelli

    I bought me an eyelash curler years ago but never used it as I was too scared but with these tips I feel a bit more confident!

    5 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    I must admit I am abit clumsy when it comes to these things. It would be the perfect tool to create lush lashes but I just cant bring myself to use it.

    5 years ago •

  1. CherylGD

    I’m very lazy to use mine on a daily basis but when I do use it, I get great results. The trick is to get as close to the lash line as possible. Great little tool

    5 years ago •

  1. AndreaM

    These are so cute, I need to get one but, does it really work?

    5 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Hi BSA. May you please upload a video if possible. Thank you.

    5 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi foreverGLAM, we will try to upload a video as soon as possible.

      5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I am ashamed to admit that I have caught my upper eyelid in an eyelash curler too many times. But I love using one and I make the weirdest faces. They really do take eyelashes to the next level.

    5 years ago •

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