The eyelash curler is one of the most overlooked beauty secret weapons, but it's really a wonder tool for those of us with poker-straight lashes. A few quick clamps are it takes to achieve flirty lashes and perk up sleepy eyes. Here are some tips to get the most out of your curler:
Curl your lashes before you apply mascara. Curling your lashes when they're coated with mascara can weaken the lash and cause damage.
Begin at the base of lashes -- squeeze and hold for 5 seconds. Do this several times as you gradually work toward the tips. Clamp using a firm grip -- most women shy away from giving the curler a firm pump, but it's the best way to get a good curl, especially on straight, stubborn lashes.
To avoid pinching yourself in the process, the secret is to clamp slowly. That way, even if you do catch a little skin, you can readjust before it becomes painful.
After crimping, apply a coat -- or two -- of waterproof curling mascara. It acts as a sealer to keep lashes curled.
To boost the lash-curling effects, gently heat your lash curler with a blow-dryer before crimping. Or invest in a heated curler.