My old eyelash curler just wasn’t curling the way it used to. Even if I replaced the pad, the curling mechanism was a little weaker than when I first bought it. I was going to replace it with a fancy new one from Sephora, which would have cost at least $20, but I spotted e.l.f.’s $1 version at Target. SOLD! I’ll try pretty much anything from e.l.f. at least once…how can you resist when the price point’s so low?
So, how does it curl? Pretty decently, for $1. I love that the handles allow you to get a really good squeeze, without crimping or making a dent in your lashes. The only drawback is that its shape is a little too straight across to reach my outer corner lashes, which need to be curled to be tamed! But don’t let that stop you from giving it try. Everyone’s eye shape is unique, so I think it takes some experimenting to find a curler that best suits that shape. That’s why there are many different lash curlers touted as THE BEST. They really are the best for some people, but they may not work for you.
EVERYONE should use an eyelash curler (unless you’re a freak of nature like my mom, whose lashes are naturally curled). This is such a beauty pet peeve of mine! It drives me nuts to see girls who go to the effort of putting on mascara, but have stick-straight lashes that you can barely see (again, this doesn’t apply to those lucky gals with naturally curly lashes)! Even if you don’t wear mascara, it’s so worth it to curl your lashes. Curling your lashes (before mascara) makes your eyes look wider, i.e. more awake…and who doesn’t need that?! It also makes your lashes look longer because they’re lifted up (giving the illusion of length) instead of disappearing into your lash line. Curling also helps keep your lashes out of your eyes, a problem that is so annoying to me that I sometimes curl my bare lashes before bed, just so they don’t go crazy and poke me.
Tangent aside, I really liked the detailed instructions that were printed on the back of the e.l.f. eyelash curler box. I figured some of you haven’t used an eyelash curler before and maybe are scared to do so, so I thought I would share their helpful, step-by-step instructions.
e.l.f. Essential Mechanical Eyelash Curler box instructions:
1. Start with clean, dry lashes.
2. While your eye makeup should already be in place, you should not have already applied mascara.
3. Looking straight into the mirror, open the eyelash curler and place eyelashes in-between the top and bottom section of the curler. You can leave your eye open, or choose to close it, whichever is most comfortable for you. However, you will get a closer curl by leaving your eye open.
4. Make sure the curler is as close to the base of the lash as possible.
5. Without using a lot of pressure, gently close the curler at the base of the lash. Be as light as possible. Once you feel that you are not pinching any skin, apply more pressure, making sure to keep the pressure firm, but gentle.
6. Hold the curler in the center of lash, and gently apply pressure again, just as you did in the previous step.
7. Repeat with the other eye.
8. Add coat of your favorite mascara.
And even the WARNING on the box is helpful! “Use the eyelash curler before applying mascara to avoid damage to lashes. Always be extra mindful that you release your lashes prior to pulling the curler away.” That last one seems like a no brainer, but I’ve done it before when I was still half asleep…not a good way to start the day!
So there you have it – great, detailed instructions on how to use one of the scariest tools in the makeup aisle. Now there’s no excuse not to use it! You can grab one at Target or on e.l.f.’s website (they always have great online specials).