Curling 101: How to Use an Eyelash Curler Tutorial
A beginner's eyelash curling tutorial by makeup artist Tracy Murphy. To see more advanced techniques, check out Curling 102 or Curling 103.
To build a house, you need a solid foundation and the right tools—and the same goes for creating the ultimate lash. It’s imperative to use a quality eyelash curler to get a perfect, beautiful curl every time.
I love the Supreme Curler because the firm, rounded pad gives the lash a smooth curve that really opens the eye, as opposed to square-shaped pads that put a kink in the lash.
Before you begin, make sure your eyelash curler is in proper working order. That means it’s clean (NO mascara residue on the pad or metal rim). I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen with chunks of missing lashes from using a dirty curler with residue.
Ready to curl? Remember, the lash curler is your friend, not a torture device. It doesn’t have to be scary, so remain calm. Now let’s do this:
1. Put your chin up and look down slightly in front of a mirror.
2. With the open curler in hand, place it over the top lash line right at the root, ensuring you have all your lashes (and no skin) between the rubber pad and the metal rim so that every hair gets curled. You should feel comfortable and be able to blink in this position.
3. Gently close the curler and squeeze for about 5-10 seconds. It should feel totally painless—if it doesn’t, start over and adjust your position.
4. Remove the curler and inspect the results. If you want more curl, repeat. Those with longer lashes may want to “walk” the curler midway up the lash and squeeze again for a softer, rounder, fuller curl
Most of the time, this curler alone will do the trick. But if you want to turn your lash game up a notch, try the Individual Lash Curler for those pesky corner hairs, or the Heated Lash Styler for stick-straight, hard-to-curl lashes.
Practice makes perfect lashes, so keep at it and you’ll be a pro in no time.