Any makeup artist will tell you that eyelashes are one of the most important steps to achieving a finished, polished look. This does not always mean slicking them with coats of mascara either (though it does help), it is also about achieving definition for naturally longer, curled lashes that open the eyes wide and make you look awake.
Whilst an eyelash curler is all the rage when it comes to doing this very job, most of the time we cannot find them or we just do not own one, the latter being the most common problem. Another reason is that sometimes we just do not want to use one. There is something a little daunting about placing it so close to the eye.
If you find yourself with 10 minutes to spare before needing to leave the home and really want to sort those lashes out, then there are ways to give them oomph without having to use eyelash curlers.
Whilst that sounds a little odd right now, let us explain.
Worries of Using An Eyelash Curler
As we stated previously, not everyone likes to use an eyelash curler. The obvious reason is because they do not want to clamp their eyelashes inside a contraption, especially so close to the eye.
Also, an eyelash curler can damage the eye area if misused. If used aggressively, it can cause loss of lashes, as well as slight pain.
Sensitive eyes may struggle with using an eyelash curler and cause them to run with tears. This is never a good look before leaving the home, especially if you are trying to avoid puffy, tired looking eyes.
If you do not want to use an eyelash curler, or maybe you just cannot find it, then here are a few ways to help curl those lashes.
How to Curl Eyelashes Without Using an Eyelash Curler
It is not rocket science trying to curl eyelashes – with these simple go-to ideas, you will be rocking wide eyes in no time. Nobody will be able to tell that you went to bed late last night after that Netflix marathon.
Use a Q-Tip
If you want extra curled lashes post using mascara, then this is a good little trick to try. It is also particularly useful if you are nervous about bringing the mascara wand too close to the eye, which results in not being able to put the makeup on the full lash line.
Once you have finished using the mascara, take a Q-tip and place it as close to the lash line underneath the lashes as possible. Hold it until the mascara has dried, and then gently remove it. Your eyelashes should stay put all day, and give you that extra-wide pop that you desire.
Use the Traditional Method: Mascara
Mascara will always be the number 1 choice when it comes to curling lashes, with or without the added help of an eyelash curler. Despite what the mascara claims, any formula can add extra curling of the lashes, despite not having a curved wand.
Apply the mascara as you normally would, and once you get to the tip of the lashes, hold it up and back for a number of seconds until the mascara has dried. This can be done after a few layers of mascara for a more defined length and extra thickness.
If you want it to look natural as if you are not wearing any makeup, then stick to a color that either matches your natural lash tone, or use a clear mascara. If you want the eyes to pop as a focal point, then stick with black mascara.
The Toothbrush Method
If you own a regular toothbrush (not electric), then this could be a good way to achieve curved lashes, just make sure it is unused and super clean – you do not want an eye infection, after all.
Place the bristles of the toothbrush under some hot water and quickly dab them to dry. You will need to do this step fast to help retain the heat in the bristles. Make sure what you dry it with is clean also. Once these steps have been done, brush through your lashes with the warm toothbrush, holding it for a few seconds when you reach the tip.
This should produce lovely, curled lashes.
Use a Spoon
The spoon is a little more tricky than the other techniques, but it will produce good results by just using what you already have at home.
Fill a clean mug with hot water (but not boiling) and place a spoon within it. The spoon will become hot quite quickly, so you do not need to leave it in the water for too long.
Once the metal of the spoon feels warm, remove it, dry it and place it on top of the eyelid on the curved side for around 10 seconds, and then repeat on the other eye. This should produce naturally curled lashes.
Do keep in mind not to use the spoon on your face if it is too hot, the eyes are especially sensitive.
Go Natural With Fingers
If you prefer to go the natural route, then using your own finger is a good and quick way to curl lashes.
Place a finger under some warm water and then press the lashes up for a few seconds. It is a quick and easy way for a naturally curled eyelash look that will only take a minute or two to achieve.
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Curling your lashes is the number 1 way to achieve a more wide awake eye, as well as to finish off a look. Whilst using an eyelash curler is the easiest method to do this, it is not always practical, or maybe you just do not own any.
Not everyone likes to use the scary clamping tool around the eyelash, plus it can damage the eyelashes themselves, and cause loss of lashes too.
If you have lost your curlers or do not want to use them out of fear, then there are simple ways to achieve the curled eyelash look that you would like. There are plenty of simple methods, tried and tested, that will give you beautifully curled lashes in no time.