How To Curl Your Lashes like a Pro

Learning to curl your eyelashes is the quickest and easiest way to make your lashes look fuller and thicker. Some of us were born with a natural curl to our lashes, but for those of us who were born with straight or limp eyelashes, reaching for an eyelash curler is a necessity. A good eyelash curler instantly lifts eyes and makes them appear more open. Don’t let the look of this little cage like contraption intimidate you, with our tips and guide and with a little practice you will be able to create a professional curl in seconds.

The first thing you need is an eyelash curler. There are so many on the market these days that finding one that works well without pinching your skin or crimping your lashes instead of curling them, can be overwhelming. You need to know the best way to curl your lashes to create natural looking curled eyelashes. Below I am going to give you a list of tips to help you curl your lashes like a pro along with a list of my favorite eyelash curlers to help you decide which one is best for you.

How To

  •  Start at the base of your lashes and make sure to get all lashes in the curler making sure not to get any skin in the eyelash curler. Hold for 3 seconds- no longer or it will crimp the lashes instead of curling them.
  •  Curl the lashes in 3 segments- at the base, middle of the lash, then the tip of the lash to get that natural curl.
  • To separate the lashes, use your favorite mascara or the spoolie end of the Makeup Geek Brow Brush Duo.
  • I know a lot of people recommend warming the eyelash curler with a blow dryer; however, I don’t suggest this because you run the risk of having the hot metal next to your eye where it can cause damage. Instead, purchasing a good eyelash curler that works well and it will give you great lashes without the risk.


List of Eyelash Curlers

Shu Uemura

The Shu Uemura eyelash curler can relish one universal claim, it works! This lash curler has been a favorite among makeup artists for years now. The curler is easy to handle and was designed to fit perfectly over your eye while keeping all the lashes in place. The soft rubber pad holds curl well and applies just the right amount of pressure. With just a gentle squeeze you get a natural looking curl that opens the eye instantly. Unfortunately, many of the stores are no longer carrying this. However, you can still purchase this online.

Price:  $20.00 USD

Where to Buy: .. Amazon, EBay,



I discovered this eyelash curler when I learned the Shu Uemura wasn’t being sold in stores anymore. I asked which one to try and I was told this Tarte one worked really well. It fits around the eye without pinching the skin. The handle on this is easy to use, and the rubber pad also holds curl well. The shape of the curler fits perfectly around all my lashes also.

Price:   $16.00 USD

Where to Buy:  Amazon, EBay, Sephora, Ulta,

MUG Brow Brush Duo

I know this is the Makeup Geek Brow Brush, but the dual end is ideal for eyelashes as well. Not only can you use the angled end for filling in the brows, the spoolie is perfect for brushing through the lashes to help separate them and brush out any clumps that may result from mascara.

Price: $4.49 USD

Where to Buy: Makeup Geek Store

Curling your lashes, regardless of whether you plan on wearing a lot of makeup or not, can make a dramatic difference in the way your eyes appear. So practice and then enjoy the new look of your eyes.

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That Tarte lash curler is soooo cute, I’m gonna have to get me one now, just cuz it has purple rhinestones, lol. Hope you’re feeling a bit better today. :D

I usually need to separate my lashes after I put on mascara, should I do it also with the brush?

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I want to get my hand on one of these Shu Uemura curler too but
would you really recommend buying it on eBay? or the actual site?
I see that eBay sell it for cheap, but I’m afraid if it’s authentic brand.

hey marlena hope your feeling better love your videos!! Are you going to do a review for MAC wonder woman collection ? Thanks

Hi Marlena! I’ve been watching your videos for ages now – you have taught me from scratch how to do my makeup credibly! Thankyou sooooo much! :D (I’m from Australia :D)
Although I have a problem with my eyelash curler – I have small eyes, and my lash line ‘curves’ a lot, and so I find that my eyelash curler is too ‘straight’ if you know what I mean…I can’t get all my lashes in the curler, and end up only curler about half, no matter what angle I hold the curler at…it is quite frustrating!
I’m guessing that I need a curler that is more curved. Any idea where I could get one like this?

Is there a life span for a lash curler? I have had mine for over 5 years, not sure if I should toss it and upgrade? Is there a detriment for keeping a curler for that long?

Shu Uemura pulled out distribution to the U.S. so that is why they are hard to come by in stores now. The last of them are being sold :-( I totally agree, the best eyelash curler ever!

I have the tarte eyelash curler but mine doesn’t have those cute rhinestones! where did you get that? I checked amazon, sephora and ebay and they don’t have one with rhinestones. :(

Hi Marlena, I was hoping you would give some tips on how to curl lashes after you have all your eye makeup on and you’re ready for mascara. (Which is when I always curl mine – right before application) it seems like the metal part of the curler ALWAYS pulls off my eyeliner and I end up having to redo it every time. It’s so frustrating. Do you have any tips on how to curl them without the metal part sticking to and pulling off eyeliner?? i don’t like to curl my lashes until I’m ready for mascara, so it seems pointless to curl before I put all my eye makeup on – they won’t still be curled by the time I’m ready for mascara? There has to be a trick to this….

HELP! thanks! :) Love your tutorials….


Hi, I know I’m not the person who you exactly want to talk to but how I would do it is curl your lashes and then put you’re mascara on. Let it dry so that you wont get mascara on you’re hand and when it’s dry put whatever you put on you’re eyes and (I dont know if you put liqiud or pencil but it will work on both) and then put you’re eye liner on.

yeah, I should try that. I tend to always need to reapply liner after I curl anyway! Might as well just apply mascara first and then do my eyeliner.

is there a very good mascara formula for curling them or that dries real fast so they stay in that shape? is? it if its not good to curl your lashes? my hair stylist said its not good cos u pull them from their roots and modify the structure of hair by putting pressure on them, just like with our hair…what have you found out about this?

i curl my lashes (i have very bad lashes they look? down and they are REALLY straight) i put on falsies and then u can see the two layers, cos mine go back down!!!!

I seem to get my eyelids in the curler all the time, is this because of the actual curler or am I just not doing it right? The quality of the curler might be horrid, not sure??? Luv Ya and thank you! Callie

Great video! I don’t use an eyelash curler myself though because I have really big eyes with a long lashline and I have yet to find a curler that can get them all in :( So I just stick to a curling mascara. Any tips on curlers for bigger eyes are welcome though? :)

Okay, I have just turned a teen , finally , and i have basically watched all your videos. I’m pretty sure you have my e-mail because it made me put it in and i have a couple of questions , if you could please email me! :)

hello. i was wondering if this is ok because i put mascara on first and then curl it but it really hurts when i take the curler off because my lashes stick on the metal bit


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To me even lash curler doesn`t help. They R curled allright but when I put my mascara on my lashes R straighten again….. :-((((((

Now eyelash curling isn’t something new, and of course isn’t something nice for your eyelashes. It gives nice look, but it can make them thin and they can fall off. Please never use heated curlers. They do more damage than the ordinary!

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Hey Marlena, you do fantastic work!!! My problem here is that my eyelashes aren’t long enough to grasp without getting my lid :( I really don’t know what to do about this!!! Urrghh