How to Curl Your Eyelashes

An eyelash curler is something you either love or hate. Either way, an eyelash curler can work wonders on even the shortest of lashes. 

Using a cosmetic tool close to your eyes can seem a bit scary. If you’ve never used an eyelash curler or just don’t know how to use one, it may seem a little intimidating. 

This stainless steel gadget with claw-like arms is ready to grab your lashes and bend them into submission. It sounds scary, but it’s actually a totally safe, useful tool. 

By the time you finish reading this article, you’ll be reaching for an eyelash curler in no time. 

What Exactly Is an Eyelash Curler?

People have been obsessed with their lashes for a long time. Eyelash curlers were invented in 1932.  Even before that, people were accentuating their lashes with all types of oils, salves, and concoctions.

An eyelash curler, simply put, is a stainless steel tool that is used to curl eyelashes. Since its beginning, the device hasn’t changed much in looks. What you see today is pretty much how it’s been since the beginning.

Curling your lashes is relatively easy. Simply follow a few steps and keep things clean, and you’ll be on your way to longer-looking lashes in no time!

How to Use an Eyelash Curler

If you’ve never used an eyelash curler, or maybe you need a refresher, here are some simple steps to take to curl your lashes. First, make sure you have a clean eyelash curler and a mirror. 

Prep Your Curler

Add a little heat to your clean eyelash curler with a blast of warm air from a hairdryer. Just be careful that you don’t get it too hot. 

Blast the curler, then test the temperature on your inner arm. If it feels just warm, you’re ready to proceed. By warming the eyelash curler, you are prepping it to give your lashes the ultimate curl, just like a curling iron. 

Curl Your Lashes

Always apply mascara after curling your lashes, never before. If you apply mascara before you curl your lashes, your lashes might clump and stick to the curler, causing lash breakage.

Position yourself in front of your mirror and tilt your head slightly back so you can get a good view of what’s going on. Open the arms of the eyelash curler and position your lashes inside the mouth of the tool.  

Place the bottom of the curler’s mouth close to the base of your lashes. Get it as close to your lash line as possible without touching the skin. 

Gently squeeze the curler shut and hold for about ten seconds. After the hold, pump the eyelash curler carefully by barely opening and closing it a few times, then hold it again for a few seconds. Then, release and admire your perfectly curled lashes.

Add Extra Lash Oomph

For extra oomph, follow the instructions above but gradually move and pump the curler up the eyelashes until you reach the ends of the lashes. After curling the ends, curl the base of the lashes one more time. This repetition will add maximum curl and length to the entire lash, not just the base.

Another tip is to use a lash primer. You’ll apply a lash primer after curling your lashes and before applying your mascara. 

Primer adds a coating to the lashes to help them appear fuller and have more volume. Some primers even contain lash growth serum. Not to mention, most primers contain nourishing ingredients to help keep lashes strong and healthy.

Seal the Deal

Now that your lashes have maxed out curls, it’s time to seal it all up with mascara. Grab your favorite mascara, and let’s get started.

  1. Open the mascara and apply the wand at the base of your upper lashes.
  2. Wiggle the brush slightly from side to side while allowing it to remain in contact with your lashes.
  3. Wiggle and drag the wand upward toward the end of your lashes. 
  4. Repeat a few times until you have applied a few coats of mascara and your lashes look their best.
  5. Optional: Top off your perfectly curled lashes with an equally perfect set of magnetic falsies for some extra oomph. 

Red Bow Reminders

Now that you have step-by-step instructions on how to curl your lashes to their fullest, it is important to remember a few essential things.

  1. Never share an eyelash curler, mascara, or false lashes with a friend. Doing so will spread bacteria and germs, possibly causing an eye infection.
  2. Be gentle. Your peepers will thank you.

How to Clean an Eyelash Curler

Make it a habit to keep your cosmetic tools clean. Bacteria can quickly spread from tools and makeup into your eyes and onto your skin. Keeping things clean will help prevent dirt and oil-related breakouts.

  1. Grab a Cotton Candy makeup remover pad or cotton ball and dip it into rubbing alcohol.
  2. Wipe the surface of the eyelash curler with the pad.
  3. Rinse the eyelash curler in warm water.
  4. Store the curler in a cool, dry place.
  5. If makeup is stuck to the curler, carefully heat the eyelash curler with your hairdryer and wipe those areas clean. The warm air will melt the makeup, making it soft and easier to wipe off.

It is recommended to replace the eyelash curler pad once every six to twelve months unless it needs to be changed sooner. Most eyelash curlers come with at least one replacement pad.


Gone are the days of being intimidated by an eyelash curler. Now you have all the necessary information to safely curl, clean, and store your eyelash curler. 

Always remember to keep your lash tools clean to prevent bacteria from spreading, and never share your eye tools. 

Curling your lashes can even help them blend better with the falsies that you’re choosing. Glamnetic magnetic lashes are easy to apply, and you have the option of wearing mascara with them or not. If you decide to wear mascara, use just a thin single coat and allow it to dry before applying the lashes. 

Glamnetic has all of the necessary lash accessories you need to make your lash curling a success. You’ll soon be on your way to fabulous lashes in no time! 


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