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Tip & Trick Tuesday: How to Keep Your Lashes Curled


For those girls out there who have lashes that grow straight down, as mine do, I’m sure you can relate to my teenage struggles in how to keep them from falling down.  Before I discovered eyelash curlers I would put attempt to apply mascara on these dreadfully straight lashes, and hope they would make my eyes look bigger and more defined. What a fail. Then when I was 16, a wonderful senior in my boarding school dorm introduced me to the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, which she told me, was the best for Asian lashes.  She was right! It fit my flat almond-shaped eyes perfectly, unlike the Revlon one my mother had that I had tried when she wasn’t looking. It made my eyes look bigger and my face look more awake with just one squeeze per eye! But despite this fabulous tool, I found that as the day went on, my eyelashes got droopier and droopier.

Enter waterproof mascara, the answer to all my problems.  The formula for waterproof mascara is oil-based instead of water-based, so it lasts longer and dries in a more rigid form than regular mascara. Although yes, it is much more of a pain to remove, it keeps your lashes in the exact position you want them to be all day long. I can pop on my mascara at 8 am and by the time I’m ready to take it off at god only knows what time of night, my lashes are perky and look freshly mascara-ed.

Note: waterproof and water-resistant are not one and the same. Water-resistant mascara will hold your curl for a couple hours, but will leave you with droopy, straight lashes by the end of the day.

For those who want to keep their lashes curled but don’t like waterproof mascara, many makeup artists recommend using a waterproof formula on the base of the lash, right where the curl is, and a regular formula on the tips!



Mascara Trick for Monolids

For all my fellow monolidders out there, this one’s for you. For those who are unaware of what a “monolid” is, let me enlighten you. A “normal” eye consists of a lid, crease (or socket), and brow bone area. However with most Asians, the crease is pretty much non-existent, leaving an extended lid that turns into the brow bone. For many years, I struggled with eye shadow application, as I had really only seen makeup for white people, being adopted and living in an all white town and all…but what I really struggled with, was mascara. Once I curl my lashes with my fabulous Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (which unfortunately is no longer available in the US) my stick straight lashes are curled to perfection and no longer point downwards. The only thing about this is that when curled they touch my eyelid, making application of mascara impossible without leaving black marks on my lids and eye shadow. At first I just tried cleaning up the smudges with Qtips, however it was tedious and a rather annoying step to my already long makeup routine. Upon discovering this trick, my routine has been shortened, and a new staple “tool” added!

All you need is scissors, and a index card.  Cut the index card in half, and then half again, leaving a long rectangle. Then, cut a half moon shape in the edge of the card, as shown below.


I use this as a sort of shield to prevent mascara from getting on my lids by placing the card over my eye with the cutout at the roots of my lashes.  Therefore, when I’m applying mascara, the excess gets on the card instead of my lid! This card can also be used on the lower lashes as well: just put the flat side under your lashes and apply mascara. To increase the longevity of the card, you can use both sides, and add an extra cutout to the opposite side.

I hope this mascara trick is as helpful to all the other Asians out there as it was for me!