Always practice safe curling, ladies. Prior to curling proper, coat your lashes with an emollient by way of an eyelash serum – lock-loving ingredients in most formulas function like a shield to buffer brittle lashes against damage from daily primping and prepping.
Mirenesse 4D Lash Evolution Serum, $129 from Sephora Singapore.
The extra “slip” also allows the hairs to “bend” better for a well, curlier curl. Investing in a dedicated eyelash serum may seem like overkill for penny-pinching types, but think of it this way: It’s really not all that different from coughing up cash for conditioner to go with your shampoo.
BBrowBar Luscious Lash Oil, US$18 (approx. S$24.60) from Net-A-Porter.
Direct your hair dryer over your curling contraption for a couple of seconds, then proceed to use per usual – the hike in heat transforms your device into something resembling a mini version of a conventional curling iron. If that sounds like way too much work, consider splurging on a heated hero gadget.
Crucial caveat: This may sound like a beauty no-brainer, but it bears repeating that you should always test the temperature against your arm before applying the apparatus to your peepers.
Mirenesse iCurl Twin Heated Eyelash Curler, $50 from Sephora Singapore.
The newest kid on the beauty block, mascara topcoats work in much the same way as their cuticle counterparts in extending wear and sealing shine. Some are even billed as “replenishers” that soften clumps for mascara re-application anytime, anywhere. Translation? Finely feathered lashes that stay curlier, fresher and “wetter” for longer.
Clarins Double Fix Mascara, $40.
One last thing. When wielding your mascara wand, go easy on the tips; build-up can weigh heavy on the hairs and undo the good work of your curler.
To circumvent the compulsion to overload, cease and desist from pumping your wand as if it were a car tire inflator. Instead, do as I do and imagine your mascara wand to be the corkscrew in a wine bottle. To retrieve your “corkscrew”, swivel it out in a smooth, spiralling motion. You’ll pick up the perfect amount of product for a clump-free curl.
The result of religiously following this four-step regime? Let’s just say I had to switch to contacts because the lenses of my spectacles kept getting smudged by my now-generously girthed lashes – a most pleasant inconvenience, if you ask me!