This is a fantastic pair of eyelash curlers. One of the worst things you can do when you are putting your makeup on is to pinch your eyelid when trying to curl your eyelashes. That is almost as painful as poking your eyeball with the mascara wand. For years I avoided curling my eyelashes, because I kept pinching my eyelid. I decided to try these because they were really pretty, and kept them because finally I can curl my eyelashes the right way. I think the cushion on the bottom piece is what makes the difference.
This set even comes with extra ones, so you can use them for a very long time. The price is awesome also.
If I'm applying eye shadow, I'll do that first prior to curling my lashes, as this won’t be affected by your curler like mascara or eyeliner would. However, applying mascara before curling makes lashes clumpy and makes lash breakage more likely. At least, in my opinion.
Then, curl lashes using an eyelash curler, squeezing at the base of the lashes. It shouldn’t be so close to your lid that it pinches, but it should feel tight. (Kind of like how it felt when your mom did your hair before school in the morning as a little kid.) Hold for five seconds, release, give one more squeeze, and repeat on the other side.
Tip: For extra staying power, give your lash curler a blast with your hair dryer to heat up the pad before curling your lashes. This will help them stay curled longer. (Think of this as the same science as behind your curling iron.) Just make sure the metal isn’t hot to the touch, so you don’t burn yourself.