As any beauty expert will tell you, the key to having flirty-looking lashes — besides having a great mascara — is to curl your eyelashes. Watch our video for easy tips on how to look bright-eyed by using this indispensable makeup tool.
Some beauty items, like drugstore lip glosses and certain types of mascara, work so well that there's no need to spend more than a few bucks on them. However, there are certain products on the market that perform so amazingly well, they're worth the investment. Check out what we at Team Bella think about what five upscale beauty items warrant the purchase.
If you're looking for an eyelash curler, reader Bleached wants to know, "Why spend $15 when you can get a great product for under $4?" Here's what she has to say about the quite affordable Revlon Eyelash Curler ($4):
This does exactly what an eyelash curler should do and the rubber insert is soft and supple, unlike some eyelash curlers out there. It is metal so it is sturdy and won't crack like the plastic curlers. Tip: Heat with a hair dryer for 15 to 20 seconds (at low heat) for added curl.
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When it comes to eyelash curlers, the Shu Uemura brand is considered the crème de la crème of eyelash curlers. Recently, reader Littlemzfit gave the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($19) a try. Perhaps you've thought about purchasing one of these coveted beauty tools, but wondered if it's worth it. Find out what she had to say about her "lesson learned" below.
"I bought the old Revlon one years ago and ended up throwing it away. I thought eyelash curlers were a joke. I read about this one and was skeptical. I purchased it one day on a splurge and have not regretted it. It's night and day different than the Revlon one. Mine came with extra pads and instructions for care and use. I am totally sold on this product! It is essential."
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Over the weekend, a reader e-mailed me because she's been losing her eyelashes. She used to have thick, full lashes, but more recently, they'd been falling out. After she explained her beauty routine, I immediately knew what was up. She was using an eyelash curler, but the way she used it was the culprit: She curled her lashes both before and after using mascara.
One of the easiest ways to make your eyes look bigger is to use an eyelash curler, but it's essential to curl your lashes only before applying mascara. (Here's how to use a curler.) If you curl after applying mascara, the curler will stick to the coated lashes. At worst, it breaks the lashes then and there; at best, it will weaken your lashes over time, making them more likely to fall out.
Fortunately, lashes grow back over time, and my reader friend will soon be back to her doe-eyed self. But to avoid lash loss in the first place, curl them only before slicking on your mascara.
Now that you know how to use an eyelash curler, I thought I'd give you a couple of cool tools of the trade to choose from. These eyelash curlers are safe, small and easy to use (really, they are)! I can't wait to hear what you think.
It's hard to imagine that there's a new eyelash curler out on the market from Shu Uemura since the old one has been at the top of the charts for several years now. It is actually so popular that at one time they made a limited-edition 24 carat gold version of it.
Even so, now you can buy the new Shu Curler ($18) which claims to have upgraded features and enhanced precision. Some of the improvements include a mushroom-shaped pad for improved safety, comfort and optimum curl; a new hinge that applies just the right amount of pressure on your eyelashes; and an ergonomic handle for better control.
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Around the time I was 13, my mother showed me how to use the eyelash curler she used as a teenager. To my young eyes, the rusty contraption seemed like a torture device! Fast forward a few years, and one of my everyday favorites is the Talika Heated Eyelash Curler ($35). It's an all-around great product, and if you've ever shunned eyelash curlers before, you may think again. (And don't miss this step-by-step guide to using eyelash curlers.) For the full review, read more
Lots of ladies out there are scared of curling their eyelashes, but really, there's no reason to be afraid. So in this week's How To, I'll be explaining how to use an eyelash curler.
I'm not going to lie: Using a curling tool is a strange sensation, but it certainly doesn't hurt. Plus, I'm willing to endure some awkwardness for long, curled lashes. It's easy to achieve beautiful lashes with just an eyelash curler and mascara. For easy three step instructions on how to curl your lashes, read more
This Folding Eyelash Curler by Seki Edge ($10) is great for those of us who like to travel light. This little plastic gadget folds up into a slender and compact curler that fits in the palm of your hand. Seki Edge is known for creating high-quality products at affordable prices, and this is no exception. (The company, which has a samurai-sword past, recently unveiled a very cool bikini tweezer.)
Better yet, the curler's super-soft silicone pad contains an anti-bacterial agent. I must say, I'm really digging this new anti-bacterial trend in makeup tools these days. The eyelash curler is also extremely easy to clean and closely securely with a snap-in lock.