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What to do when you can’t get your straight eyelashes to hold its curl

Updated on May 21, 2013

Having long curly lashes bring out your eyes giving a sexy, feminine look. It can be frustrating when your stubborn straight lashes can't hold its curl particularly after putting on mascara. It is not so much the type of mascara you use, but the most effective method to curl your lashes. The method shown below is a common method that makeup artists use. It may seem time consuming however it is worth giving it a try to seeing what works for you.

You can curl your lashes before applying mascara however I find that curling your lashes after applying mascara is more effective. Ensure your lashes are clean before carrying out this method.

Apply two or more coats of mascara on your top lashes and bottom lashes first before applying any makeup to give your lashes time to dry. If you do not have time to wait for the mascara to dry, wear waterproof mascara. It dries quicker and prevents mascara from smearing.

Once your lashes have completely dried, you can start curling your lashes. Curling your lashes after it has dried prevents lashes from clumping. It also prevents your lashes from sticking to the curler and pulling your lashes out.

Have your chin up and look down in the mirror so that you can see what you are doing. Hold the curler against your cheek and curl your lashes starting from the roots. In a pumping motion, hold it for five to ten seconds each time. Then work your way up to the middle of your lashes and then to the tips.

Curling your lashes from the roots to tips pushes your lashes up and gives your lashes that natural curl. Avoid lifting the curler each time you close the curler so that you do not pull out your lashes.

If you want thicker lashes, apply another coat of mascara only to the tips. You do not need to apply mascara to the roots as you do not want to weigh down the curl.

(Optional) Use your index finger to separate your lashes evenly, rubbing the lash tips from side to side.

Ensure you change your lash curler regularly

Throw out the black rubber strip on your curler every three months or if you see a line indented in the center. Replacing it with a new rubber strip will give your lashes a better shape otherwise it will leave an indented curl which does not look natural. Do not forget to clean your lash curler regularly using antibacterial wipes.

If you would like to share your tips, feel free to leave a comment :)


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