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Mascaramentals: Part Five

Good lash preparation prior to mascara application is very important in order to amplify the three elements that produce beautifully defined lush looking lashes.  We talked previously about the first two, being lash length and volume, and using a lash primer to plump and define each lash.  The third ingredient of lash definition is the all important curl.  The curl fans out lashes and adds a greater fringe dimension to length and volume.  The curl is the key to making the eyes look brighter and fully open.  If you have stick straight lashes then curling is a must to bring forward length and volume.  Lash curling also helps to minimize mascara clumping during an application.

For decades the traditional metal lash crimper has been the classic way to curl lashes with a squeeze of the handles.  There are other mechanical styles that have come on the market over the years, and allow you to better isolate lash sections for more customized curling.  Mechanical crimping of lashes does have some drawbacks, especially if it is used improperly, and can lead to accidental pinching of skin or lash fall-out.  Eyelashes grow more slowly than other hairs on your body, and it takes about 2 months for new lashes to grow in.  So, if using a mechanical crimper, make sure you use a high quality tool that is built narrow enough to eliminate skin pinching and lash pulling. 

Look for a lash crimper that has rounded pads rather than square.  This is important as a round pad will deliver a smoother, natural looking lash curl rather than “bent” lashes.  The curler also has to be tapered enough to fit in the eye area and close to the orbital bone.  It should enclose the lash line comfortably and reach far enough to curl the outer corner lashes. In fact, the outer corner lashes are the most important ones to curl so that you give the eye a more open and lifted look when mascara is applied.

I prefer the Japonesque Precision Lash Curler because it allows for more targeted gentle curling without pinching and pulling.  It also allows you to isolate and curl sections of lashes, especially those outer corner lashes.  The best part is that it allows you to “walk” the curler up the lash in sections, from the root to the tip, so that you get the most natural looking curl without the bent “V” look.  To get the best results for locked in all day wear curl, I heat the pad of the curler first with a blow dryer for about 10 seconds.  Then I immediately position the crimper on a section, starting at the root, for 5 seconds.  I move it up to the middle of the lash and hold for another 5 seconds. The warmed pad really works to hold the curl under the pressure of the crimper.

However, my favorite go to eyelash curling tool is the Japonesque Heated Lash Curler, because it allows me to truly customize lash curling from the root to the tip without the danger of pinching or pulling out lashes.  It is a small easy to use wand of continuous heat in a super low setting that won’t damage or burn lashes.  It makes curling a snap because the lashes fit naturally into the wand, and I can get fabulous results even with the most difficult lash challenges. The heated lash curler allows you to truly create a natural looking tailored curl without forced bending, and a natural looking curl definitely adds to beautiful looking results!

Stay tuned for Part 6 for mascara application tips!

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