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Everything You Need to Know About Curling Your Eyelashes Like a Pro

Makeup artist Bianca Alexander dishes on her tips and tricks for curling your eyelashes to perfection.

Curling Eyelashes

Curling your eyelashes may sound ~scary~ but makeup artist Bianca Alexander is here to tell you that it's easier than you think and it can totally amp up your look. Follow these three steps for eyelashes that are ready to take on whatever your day has in store.

1. Relax
Is fear keeping you from getting the lashes of your dreams? Take a few deep breaths, you got this. "I think you have to get over that fear that you're going to pinch yourself because you're not," Alexander says. "You're going to go slow and take your time so that when you're really pushing down full pressure you're doing it after making sure you're not pinching anything weird or that your lashes aren't out of place."

2. Get Up Close
The next step to fuller, gorgeous lashes is simple: find a mirror. "For some people, holding a compact mirror down low gives them a lot of agility so that's a good position, but for me I love a medicine cabinet mirror, one that flips out so you can actually get up close, so you can look at yourself and see where you're pressing," Alexander says.

3. Press for 5-7 Seconds
Another hot question is always how long to press. A minute? Two seconds? Alexander's advice is a lot more straightforward: "If you position the lash curler as close to your lid as you can while feeling comfortable, and do a long squeeze, like a full 5-7 seconds, as opposed to a series of short ones, which can cause trauma to the lash," Alexander says. "Some artists will say it's better to do a quick press and then press your way up the lash to the ends of the tips in an upward motion, but I think that's unnecessary. As long as you're not abusive with the lash curler I think you'll be impressed with the results. It's worth it."

How to Buy a Lash Curler:
When you're ready to take the plunge and invest in an eyelash curler, it's important to keep a few things in mind, including the band, how it feels and the best way to clean and maintain your tool.

  • Pay Attention to the Band
    "Maybe it's going to come with one refill pack or give you something for when that rubber band runs out. Oftentimes you'll have an extra one, so don't loose that, you're going to need it," Alexander says.
  • Find a Curler You're Comfortable With
    "You should have ample room with your fingers and ample flexibility with the tool, it shouldn't feel stiff or too short, it should feel very comfortable in your hand," Alexander says.
  • Keep It Clean
    Keeping your curler clean is almost more important than which one you end up choosing. "If you're going to be the type to curl your lashes after you put your mascara on, then you would probably want to clean it after every use so it's always clean," Alexander says. "It's more about how you keep it clean versus the longevity of the band giving out."
    Make sure yours lasts by having a set of makeup wipes, baby wipes or whatever doesn't irritate your eyes on hand so after you use your curler you can wipe off your bands. Not only will this help prevent irritation and the spread of germs, but it will make sure your eyelashes look fab without the risk.

Bianca's favorite lash-curling products: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $20, Shu Uemura and MAC Full Lash Curler, $22, MAC Cosmetics

Emily Gregor

Emily Gregor is a magazine journalist, graphic designer, event planner, and world traveler. A firm believer that lipstick can save the world, Emily is passionate about beauty, skincare, and Corgis.

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