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Do I curl my eyelashes before I put on mascara? Or after?
Different makeup artists have different preferences, but I tend to say curl before mascara if using a metal (manual) eyelash curler, and curl after mascara if using a heated lash curler. Why? When using a manual curler, there is a greater risk of breakage if curling after mascara. Also, some artists claim the curl is "set" with the mascara (instead of heat with a heated curler). When using a heated lash curler, I have found that I have better results with mascara already applied.
- Make sure to replace the pads in metal eyelash curlers every 3-6 months, or anytime they are dry or cracked. Wipe lash curlers clean with a tissue when you wash your brushes (weekly). Many eyelash curler replacement pads are interchangeable among brands.
- Clean heated lash curlers by running a wet wipe through the comb until any mascara is removed.
- If you are wearing false eyelashes, I recommend applying mascara, applying false lashes, and then using a heated curler to curl your own lashes so they blend with the false lashes' curl.
If you're a pro makeup artist or have a flatter eye shape, I highly recommend using a heated lash curler. In fact, I prefer them because there's very little risk of burning or pinching. Just be sure to warn your clients that it might feel a little warm--it's an unusual sensation but many find it pleasant.
- Manual lash curlers: Shiseido makes a highly-rated eyelash curler and does not test on animals. Most drugstore brands will do the trick, but I recommend looking for cruelty-free brands such as E.L.F. if you're on a budget.
- Heated lash curlers: I personally use this one from Japonesque in my kit, and it's held up well over the years. If you're a pro, just be sure to carry an extra battery (or two).
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