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November 11, 2012

The eyes have it: All about Eyelash Curling

Filed under: Cosmetics,Tips, Tricks and Advice — luxebeaute @ 10:31 pm

I admit it- I am neurotic when it comes to creating the perfect eye. I have tried every single mascara and lash curler under the sun from $3-$30. It’s true, I have proof, just look in my drawer and view all of the products that never made the grade.  Here’s a day in the life of my eyes…1) Curl with Shiseido lash curler 2) use Preo side curler for smaller lashes 3)apply eyelash primer 4) apply light coat mascara (wipe excess off) 5) before it dries, divide lashes. 6) let dry and curl again using Revlon or heated lash curler. 7)quickly divide again 8) apply another coat of mascara, this time lengthening formula. 9) Gently divide lashes again with plastic comb. 10) Use Japanese side curler on bottom lashes (no mascara applied). And this is a normal day, skipping eyeshadow and fiber lash or single lashes at the corners.

Curling  is the holy grail of creating a perfect eye. Start here period whether used with mascara or alone- you can purchase the best curling mascara on the planet but it’s not going to work its magic to the best of its ability without it. If you are on a quest for perfect, long and luscious curled lashes I suggest no one go without ALL the following investments:

  • #1 Shu Uemura or Shiseido eyelash curler  ($20.00)
  • #2 The Preo Japanese eyelash curler ($25.00)
  • #3 Sephora Professional Heated Mini Eyelash Curler or Revlon ($4.00-$10.00)
  • #4 Lash divider- metal or plastic ($2.00-$20.00)
  • #5 Disposable mascara wands in various shapes ($5.00 pr pack)

Step 1- Pre Mascara Curling: Being that we all have different preferences, needs and eye shapes, it is very hard for me to say what the best brand is when it comes to Getting an overall pre mascara curl out of all the millions available (see mascara blog). Since I am pretty sure everyone reading this has heard that hands down, Shu Uemura makes the best eyelash curler, let’s start there. The Shu Uemura has a special shape to it in which has yet to be seen in American drugstore brands. The curve to this LC allows better lash definition and is very precise; it will catch the majority of lashes, as opposed to drugstore brands which IMHO work well only if your lashes are extremely long to begin or already “painted” with due to the high curve top. Is the Shu worth it? Yes. Then why is it I do not personally use it you ask? Well, the Shu LC comes with one curl pad refill only and when that has seen its day, so has the LC and another curler must be purchased- this I don’t understand. A lot of people have questioned why all the hype over the Shu and not a lot re the Shiseido if they are so similar- here is why: The Shu has more money for advertising and more professional promoters, period. I was told this by a makeup artist; I have also never known anyone who used both brands and done a side by side comparison who could notice any difference. But the Shu does happen to be available in 24K plate which is great for those with silver allergies. The Shiseido LC is exactly the same as the Shu in both outcome and price (give or take 2 or 3 bucks), but pad refills are available for the Shi. I (and everyone else I assume) would much rather spend $5 on pads every 4-6 months as opposed to the $20 for an entirely new Shu. Since the only difference between the two is convenience and a nice chunk of pocket change, which is important, I suggest going for the Shiseido and saving upward $60 pr year. [There is only one other comparable LC on the market to Shu and Shi- the Fanny Serrano Slim Thin Eyelash Curler. This has the same shape as above for precision and costs about $3. [But I spoke with an FS rep and was told there is no U.S. distributor].  To catch those pesky short inner lashes, the Preo eyelash curler is a must, not to mention a little known secret. Used for centuries in Japan where women traditionally have shorter lashes, the Preo LC is for individual lash curling and curls the outside, inside, or center of the lash line, as well as the bottom lashes. It is stainless steel and replacement pads are only $3.00. A bit on the pricey side but a must have; while I do not use mascara on my bottom lashes, this wonderful little invention really makes the eyes pop. Well worth the money.

Step 2-Post Mascara Curling: Once that initial pre mascara curl has been achieved, clean your Shu or Shi and put it away. You want to get the most out of it. Because these are high end (ie pricey) curlers, if you are one of those ladies who curls after mascara application as well, I always suggest using either the Sephora professional heated LC or Revlon for one’s post mascara continual perfect curl quests! I rotate between both, depending on event, mood etc. The Sephora was created specifically for use after a coat of mascara; it will not work otherwise. After it has heated, hold it to the lashline as well as tips- I have found it does work well and the heat seems to help with thinning out excess mascara just enough to avoid clumpage. The Revlon, on the other hand, gives amazing definition and curl when used post mascara application but sure does create some serious Tammy Fae lashes which are hard to comb out.

Step 3-Avoiding Spider Eyes: If you are a “more than one coat” kinda gal (as are 99.999+% of all mascara users), combing out lashes is a must!  But forget those old bulky plastic lash divider brow brush combos- they do nothing in comparison to newer alternatives. The Perfect Lash Comb($15)  is supposed to be the best of the best- it divides, extends, lifts and Intensifies Lashes. Coming in close second is the Tweezerman lash comb ($7). These metal toothed type lash separators indeed do work wonders; unfortunately for me, I have had too many close calls using these so I have forgone them altogether. Warning: They are VERY sharp! I prefer (and use) the Ribiglo eyelash comb($2.75) as well as disposable mascara wands to eliminate clumps and separate lashes. The Ribiglo is a very affordable tiny plastic toothed comb with top and it works magnificently.

Step 4-Adding that extra “oomph”!: I love all of the little eyelash extras that have come onto the market recently and have pretty much tried them all from primers to fibers, falsies to lash extensions. Eyelash primers are mascara bases which (depending on the formula) contain vitamins and moisturizer or fibers and other thickening agents to maximize the results of mascara.  My three favorites are Shiseido Mascara Base ($23) Lancôme Cils Booster XL ($21.50), Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus ($18.50), and Trish McEvoy’s Lash builder ($20). While these all work equally and having used them all I notice no real difference between them, the Shiseido, Lancôme and McEvoy go one white (requiring more mascara for coverage) and can be difficult to remove, while the Lauder primer is more translucent and comes off easily with remover. Lash extenders are an excellent alternative to false eyelashes, tho they take patience, careful application (they are messy) and are best for non sensitive eyes. I highly recommend giving Fastlash (15) and DivaDerme Tripple Action Lash Extender ($32) a try. Fastlash delivers amazing length is best applied to lash ends only to avoid clumps, while DivaDerme delivers … The main differences between the two are Formulation (DivaDerm incorporates Cellulose, Panthenol and vitamin E while Fash Lash is all fiber), color (DivaDerme is black and Fast Lash is white), ease of application (DivaDerme is a pain to use), and price. Both products deliver as promised. If lash extenders are not your thing (pricey, doesn’t work for you, or simply too much trouble) I say go with falsies! Not too difficult to apply and well worth the results. I recommend individual lashes and not strips; indies can be applied just where needed or desired, look natural, stay put and wash off easily while strips are bulky, very unrealistic looking, tend to loosen and the glue is difficult to remove which can result in loss of natural lashes. Individual falsies are extremely inexpensive and come in a variety of lengths, thickness and colors.

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