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February 1, 2014

Lash Week: How to Curl Your Lashes

When it comes to beauty essentials, the eyelash curler never gets enough love. Nothing makes lashes them look longer, thicker, fuller and opens up your eyes like a proper curl . There are lots of methods for getting the perfect fringe, but my technique promises no eyelid pinching (ouch!) or unsightly crimped lashes.

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Holding the curler the way you would a pair of scissors, open it completely and bring the base up to the root of the lashes. Take a second to make sure all the lashes are inside the curler and then place the curler upright, so the curve of the curler faces outward.

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Carefully close the curler on your lashes by squeezing slowly. Pulse a few times to make sure you get every lash. Without opening the curler, turn it upwards so that the curve of the tool is flush with the curve of your eyelid crease. Squeeze + pulse a few more times. This will give your eyelashes an open curl, instead of a sharp crimp, which we all hate. Open the curler and slowly “walk” it up from the root to the tip of the lash, squeezing and pulsing gently as you go.

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To really hold the curl in place, add one quick coat of waterproof mascara before applying your regular formula—or try one of our favorite mascaras. Many people swear by Shu Uemura’s eyelash curler ($20) but both Kevyn Aucoin ($21) and Chanel ($34) make curlers that will give you Bambi eyes worth batting. Happy lash week!  –Hannah

That’s a wrap! Get all of our lash week coverage here.  

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  • Elizabeth Dehn
    ABOUT ELIZABETH
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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