I’ll never forget the first time I set eyes on an eyelash curler. I was a pre-teen, already confused by the world of beauty that was rapidly being revealed to me, when my sister intro’ed me to the monstrous metal clamp that looked to be straight out of a horror film. Today most girls I know swear by their eyelash curlers, but I’ve remained on the fence, never really feeling the need to incorporate one into my beauty routine. As always, Martha Lynn recently put my hesitations to rest: when it’s not quite the occasion for falsies, an eyelash curler + a few coats of mascara add just the bit of lash volume needed for a more-glamorous look. Click through for the tutorial!


1. Start with neutral eye shadow and a light application of eyeliner.

2. Clamp lash curler right at the lash line, heat up by holding a blow dryer to the curler and holding for 5 seconds.

3. Lash primer conditions lashes and coats to act as a thickening base. Apply and allow to dry 30 seconds to a minute. We love this lash primer by Lancome.

4. Apply mascara — brush on top of upper lashes then brush on bottom of upper lashes.  I love this mascara from Lancome.

5. With a clean mascara wand, declump & separate.

tutorial by Martha Lynn Kale, photos by Cory Ryan

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Comments (7)
  1. 1
    Cory Ryan January 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

    If an eyelash curler can make me look even half as gorgeous as Sidni, sign me up!!

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  2. 2
    Kathy Enfinger January 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I’m going to try heating up the lash curler.

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    • Camille Styles January 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Kathy, I’ve been heating up my eyelash curler for years… it’s incredible what a difference it makes, especially on stick-straight-lashed girls like myself!

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  3. 3
    Tara January 2, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I swear by MAC’s primer and plain old Maybelline GreatLash in the pink + green bottle. Works like a charm!

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  4. 4
    erin January 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    my lashes are stick straight and even grow slightly downwards (think snuffleupagus!) so an eyelash curler is essential for me! i admittedly curl after mascara, too, which isn’t best practice but necessary. the shu uemura is my holy grail. x

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    • Camille Styles January 4, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Agreed – desperate times call for desperate measures, and sometimes curling post-mascara is the only way to really get that eye-popping effect!

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    Ally January 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    ~ Thanks for this great post!…
    I am always looking for tips about eyelashes, mascara, as I have really such super straight lashes and when a curl lasts, my eyes look bigger and gorgeous..

    I so love sharing with others about great products I have tried ~ The best ever“ eyelash curler I have ever found is the Hot Lashes eyelash curler, makeup Artist kit. Loved the reviews on Amazon and was impressed. There is also a site of the same name HotLashes.com.

    This curler is exactly like the gold Shu Uemura curler with a great 24K gold plated curler and this small pink heater base. Keeps my straight lashes curling till the next day….and no crimp, only a curl..I so love this one and HTH~

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