Many Asian women are graced with thick, gorgeous dark hair, but eyelashes may be a dilemma. Curling your eyelashes immediately opens the eyes, adds definition, and enhances your face. Whether you have sparse, full, or straight eyelashes, you can create beautiful, luscious, and curly lashes to gain a vivacious look.
Prepare: Use your eyelash curler before you put mascara on your lashes; we recommend the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($19, sephora.com) Applying mascara first weakens your eyelashes and you risk breaking them. Always make sure your eyes are clean before curling and be sure to wipe your eyelash curler clean before each use with either makeup remover or alcohol.
Use heat: Heat the ends of your eyelash curler with a hair dryer on medium heat. Touch the end of the curler to ensure it is not too hot for your delicate eyelids.
Create soft curls: Slowly position the eyelash curler around the roots of your eyelashes and squeeze gently for about 30 seconds. Walk your eyelash curler up the length of your lashes. Gently squeeze as you go up your lashes to create a soft curl. Refrain from squeezing one spot too long, which will create a horrendous L-shape bend.
Mascara application: Apply your first coat of mascara by placing the wand close to the roots and gradually moving it back and forth through your eyelashes. Mascara also reinforces the curl you created with your eyelash curler. Try Imju Fiberwig Mascara or DiorShow Iconic Mascara for dazzling, flirty lashes.
Use a comb: Separate and define your lashes with a lash comb like Tweezerman's Metal Lash comb to remove clumps. To ensure all of your lashes have enough mascara, especially the fine, wispy lashes in the corners, use the tip of the mascara wand to reach the corner of your eyes.
Apply two coats: Allow 60 seconds for the first coat of mascara to dry. Then, apply a second coat of mascara to your eyelashes. You should begin to see a difference in your eyes' definition. When you lightly apply two coats of mascara, you achieve a more professional look. Avoid just one heavy-handed application, which tends to produces a clumpy, unpolished look.
Comb again: Once the second coat dries, comb through your lashes one more time to achieve vibrant, curly eyelashes.
Based in New York, Terrichele Bradley is a freelance writer who has worked for some of the top publishing companies. As a writer who understands the power of the pen, Terrichele provides marketing content, and writes as a ghostwriter and for a variety of magazines.