My golden beauty secret, and the object that most drastically changes my appearance each morning, is, without a doubt, my eyelash curler. It is one of the most essential objects in any makeup artist's or beauty insider's arsenal, and some models even bring their own eyelash curlers and mascara to the set.
Yes, there are many mascaras today that claim to lift and curl the eyelashes. However, these seldom work, and none are a replacement for an eyelash curler, which can morph even the straightest, most baby-like eyelashes into red carpet-worthy false lash look-alikes. Lashes curled properly will make the eyes look brighter and larger, and, like proper application of highlighter and use of a gel mask when needed, will even make cheekbones look higher.
Eyelash curlers can be intimidating, especially when using or purchasing one for the first time. It is best to select a metal eyelash curler, shaped similarly to the one pictured above, which is sold by Shu Umerua. Another good and less-expensive choice is the metal Revlon eyelash curler, which can be found anywhere Revlon makeup is sold. However, the plastic eyelash curlers don't work nearly as well, and are awkward to use, and so are best avoided.
Using an eyelash curler gets easier with practice. The first trick is to only ever use the curler on clean, dry lashes. Never put mascara on lashes before curling, as this will only make the lashes clump together and stick to the eyelash curler, which can result in the lashes being pulled out. Start by crimping the very ends of the lashes, and then moving slowly down and crimping until reaching the base of the lashes. It should not hurt to do this, though it may feel uncomfortable at first. After all, metal contraptions are never fun to have near the eyes!
Once the lashes are curled properly and evenly on both eyes, brush them with a clean spoolie brush. This evens the lashes, combs any clumps, and gets rid of lashes that may have come loose. Finish by adding a coat or two of waterproof mascara. While some women find that they can use non-waterproof mascara, professionals use only waterproof mascara after curling eyelashes, because it acts as a form of hairspray for the newly-curled lashes, keeping them firmly in place until the end of the night.
Be sure to read Austin Beauty Examiner, Marisol Pine's waterproof mascara reviews if you aren't sure which is right for you!