The Mascara Mistake That's Making Your Eyelash Curler Ineffective

Eyelash curlers come in many forms other than the well-known metal ones. Everyone recognizes it with its rubber tips that pinch together. It's durable enough to last for years since all you have to do is occasionally replace the cushions when they get worn down. However, depending on your eye shape, you may want to switch to a precision curler. These work the same way but have a bigger opening with shorter clamps to pinpoint your lashes in sections. They're better for people with deep-set or small eyes.


There are even plastic curlers that work similarly but are shaped differently. Instead of squeezing the handles together, you push down a lever. If you have sensitive eyes, this version will work better for you. Finally, there are heated eyelash curlers. They may seem scary initially, but they're the best option if you have stubborn lashes that won't hold a curl. Like the styling tools used for hair, they warm your eyelashes while lifting them, so they stay set in that shape. No matter which form you use, you need to know when to use it in your makeup routine to get the best results.

Always curl your lashes before applying mascara

Do you curl your lashes before or after applying mascara? Doing the latter is a mistake that makes your curler ineffective and damages your lashes. You want to always curl your lashes before putting on mascara. The best time to shape them is before starting your eyeshadow. Then if they start to fall, curl them again and apply your mascara.


If you were to use your curler after completing your eye look, your lashes would look clumpy. This is because you're pinching them while they're covered in the product. You're also at a higher risk of ripping out your lashes because they're more brittle when covered in mascara. They are easier to break like this and more likely to get stuck to the curler. You don't want this to happen since it can take anywhere from six weeks to three months for new eyelashes to grow back.

How to keep your lashes curled

You can use other, safer methods if you're in the habit of curling your lashes after using mascara to help them keep their shape. First, you should apply a petroleum jelly product to clean your lashes. An occlusive moisturizer like Vaseline or Aquaphor will hydrate your eyelashes, so they stay curled for longer. Then you may want to switch to a heated eyelash curler. Even if you don't own one, you can warm up the one you have by running it under hot water or running your hairdryer over it. Always test the warmth on your hand to ensure it won't burn your eyelids.


For the best shape, start with your curler at the base of your lashes and press it down gently. Hold it in place for five to ten seconds before pulsing it as you move up your lashes. Then go back to the base and give it one last squeeze as close to your lids as possible. Doing this will ensure there are no unsightly crimp marks. Now you can apply waterproof mascara because it will keep your lashes curled for longer.