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Bend it Like Bridget – How to Curl Straight Lashes

posted by Wendy December 6, 2015 0 comments

I go through a fairly elaborate routine (or has it become a ritual?) to get my less-than-perfect lashes the best they can be.  Even after my routine they have been known to collapse, so I sometimes commit the cardinal sin of re-curling throughout the day. Because for me, a lifted lash makes for a happier face, and I was not blessed with good lashes. My eyelashes have even fallen out during very stressful times. In general I am not wrong in saying I am lash-challenged.

So this is my morning routine, pay attention, it’s complicated:

  • I use a very fine small silver spoon and run it along my lashes from root to ends, using the edge of one side. Have you ever curled ribbon for wrapping presents? It’s a similar process, without the pulling. Be careful! Overdoing it may mean you loose one so be gentle. Basically you are just using the spoon edge to press along the length of the lash so that you are curling them upwards.
  • Next I curl with a regular curler. The Shu Uemera is my curler of choice. I’ve tried loads but this one is the best by far and the number one choice of makeup artists. It fits most eye shapes,  and for those lashes that go astray I have a mini curler that can be used on one or two lashes at a time.
  • Apply mascara, top lashes first, getting the brush as close to the roots as you can, give a little wiggle, then glide the brush right along lashes to the ends. It  has to be waterproof- as it dries it shrinks a bit so the lashes curl up. Two coats is good, waiting a minute for the first coat to dry. My all time favourite waterproof mascara for this is Lash Discovery from Maybelline. It has a fantastic tiny brush to get right to the root of the lash and is a super beauty bargain at under $10. FOR SOME INEXPLICABLE REASON. it’s been discontinued in the UK and Canada so whenever I go to the states I buy as many as I can find. If you get a chance to try it, do.

  • Next apply to bottom lashes. I just do one coat on the bottom and love KEVYN AUCOIN The Volume Mascara for the bottom lashes only, because it will not budge until removed with lots of water. Read the post about panda eyes and you’ll see what I mean. It goes on and dries in individual tubes, which look like spiders legs in your sink when you wash them off. 
  • Voila! Lashes uplifted! Fortunately most of the people I make up have much nicer lashes than I do and can skip the silver spoon. Onwards and upwards.

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