The Guide to Curled Lashes

To follow on from yesterday’s ode to the little bundles of lashline oomph-ing joy, individual lashes, in the second part of my two-day lash lovin’ special I’m talking curled lashes. Now there’s not really any new ground to cover here; my tips, tricks and crimping favourites have all in some way or another leaked into posts, but I thought I’d group them together in conglomerate of all things curled: a definitive guide to a full-on flutter.

PREP. The key to a good curl is all in the prep. Now you don’t want any moisture hanging around, no oil or water, so wait for them to dry (probably one of the more bizarre snippets of advice I’ve given). Then you want to whip out your curlers – unless you are naturally equipped with a beautifully fanned-out lashline, not jealous at all – and get crimping. My personal curling companion is Shu Uemura’s one, though Japonesque’s offering is pretty up there too. Stick to the three pump rule – cosy in right to the roots and pump once, holding for a few seconds, move mid-lash and repeat and then do a final pump right on the tips.

PRIMP. If you have stick straight lashes that resemble those of an elephant *raises hand*, then waterproof mascara formulas are the way to go. They tend to be wax-based and the lack of moisture in the formula helps keep lashes from dropping and falling back into their natural poker straight position. My favourites? L’Oreal’s Telescopic Waterproof (if you can manage to track it down), Clinique’s High Impact Waterproof and MaxFactor’s False Lash Waterproof (what I’m sporting in the picture above). Comb on and brush through the lashes up and and out.

REMOVAL. Here’s the tricky bit. Oh yes, your lashes are looking kick ass but being loyal to the waterproof mascara variety means things can get a little tar-like at times and removal can be time consuming at best. Stick to all things oily when it comes to removers – you need a bit of slip to get things moving. I’ve handpicked my favourites (and some duds to to be wary of) here, though I find Clarin’s Instant Eye Makeup Remover to rule the mascara mover roost. Soak a cotton pad with your potion or lotion of choice, hold over the eye for a good 10 seconds then wipe away. Repeat until your lashes are squeaky clean.

Lash lovin’ love-in concluded. You should now be equipped with all the knowledge to curl and coat and if you’re ever in doubt? Then whip on an individual lash or two. Simples.


  • Snezhana

    Great post. The lashes make all the deal!

    Do you think it’s safe to buy Shu Uemura ones on ebay? cause I just cannot get my hands on them in my country.

  • charlotte k

    Your lashes look amazing! Do not know what I did in life before I brought a good pair of eyelash curlers xx

    Charlotte| LongHairDontCare

  • now that’s called curly! great post..Clarin’s Instant Eye Makeup Remover is perfect for chipping of those stubborn tary bits

  • Emma and Emily

    Love the look of the Maxfactor mascara. Just poped it on my wishlist!

  • Amy Taggart

    Great blogpost! I always struggle to get that perfect balance between volumized and not clumpy! But, great hints! 🙂

  • Hannah Burrows

    Always heard great things about the L’Oreal mascaras, however I love my No7 Exquisite Curl mascara, it does wonders to my eyelashes! Great post 🙂

  • Emily

    I’ll give your curling technique a try, sounds interesting. Just a tip, I find that adding some baby oil to the remover on a cotton pad is a good way to remove waterproof mascara 🙂

  • Millie Robinson

    Great post! I will definitely be putting your tips and tricks to the test!! 🙂 ♥

  • Alittlebitofchic

    The Shu Uemura eyelash curler is just amazing. I use it everyday. Love Max Factor mascara too.

  • Anya Cross

    I need to pick up the Shu Uemura eyelash curler as I’ve recently lost mine! My lashes haven’t been too bad recently, but I feel as though they are definitely lacking something! x

  • I love my Shu Uemura curlers but I want to try the new S ones they have. I am curious to see if they are better!

  • Christina Abdilla

    Anna you have been one pf my inspiration to start my own blog! I so LOVE your way of blogging. I’ve recently set up my own blog… it’s still in the beginning, but I’m doing my best to post everyday! 🙂


  • gleepface

    Your ability to look so fresh faced and perfect with just mascara never ceases to make me uber jealous.

  • lana lovesxx

    Really great advice! your lashes look amazing.. I hope it has the same effect on mine!


  • Abi Bailey

    This was a great post Anna! I never knew about the 3 pump rule, I’ve always just kept the curlers at the base.. Deffo trying this tomorrow!

  • Mara

    Great tip about the waterproof mascara! Completely obsessed with mascara…

  • Chrissabella

    Great post and glad to hear I’m not the only one with elephant straight eye lashes 😉

    Chris x

  • What a good post! I always curl my lashes before putting them on but never thought that waterproof may extend the life of the curl! Amazing tip 🙂

    Eve & Faye x

    Sugar Spun Sisters – A blog about cosmetics, clothes & coeliac disease

  • PeonyandPeach

    Great post! I sometimes heat up my curlers first with a hairdryer, it really does make the curl hold longer, and I use Clinique Lash Building Primer which makes a huge difference!

  • gemma alexander

    I’ve been clinging on to my Telescopic Waterproof mascara for ages, it holds the perfect curl. I will not admit defeat!

    Gem. x

  • Mercedes

    Another tip to keep lashes (and brows) in good condition – coat them with castor oil before bed. It is supposed to stimulate hair growth. I try and do this a couple times a week.
    Thanks for this post!

  • Alissandra Tan

    I love how you always write simlpes and good’un, I always imagine you saying them for real 🙂

  • Beautyandtheb

    Your lashes look gorgeous! will have to give these tips a go 🙂

    B xx

  • Isabelle

    Great tips!

    My eyes always water if i’m tired and then don’t curl properly if they’re a bit damp haha! Oh the woes of us straight lashed girls 🙁

  • Elizabeth Lauer

    Girl. You look so pretty, I can’t even deal!

    I’ve only ever used my cheapie Sephora curler. Are the pricey ones really that different to be worth it? What do you like about them?

  • kurohana

    i just get my eyelashes permed every three months and dont have to use a curler which made my eyelashes weak and thin

  • roshkud

    I have awful straight and short lashes so this post is wonderful! I use oil to remove my makeup, takes of mascara easily 🙂

    Roshni’s Journey

  • Unfortunately I have extremely straight eyelashes. So this is so helpful 🙂

  • Louise

    This has helped a lot!


  • Anita Pun

    argh if only all this was just so easy for asian lashes which point straight down and don’t stay curled!

    Look Beauty|Flamingo Nail Pop

  • Sarah

    I need to invest in some decent eyelash curlers. £20odd seems so much money for them though, but judging by your picture, they might just be worth it! Do you get many pads with them/are they expensive to replace? x

  • Sascha Sophia Beauty

    Anna, love the “dry your lashes” tip! Good to know!

  • Annu

    Shu Umerua curler is amazing!

  • Katie Allen

    Great tips!

  • Julia

    I’ve always found that waterproof mascara work way enter than the normal ones because they’re a lot thicker. And this post here is the first time I actually see someone saying the same thing. Thanks for not making me feel like a complete weirdo anymore. x


    Anna!!!! Please do a post on waterproof mascaras that look natural as well!! Ive been searching for one for ages!

  • beautycoure

    What do you think about curling your lashes during the day when you already have mascara on?
    P.S: Your blog looks so amazing I love the photos you take they look like straight from weheartit

  • Nikki

    Won’t leave my house without a good eyelash curl!!

  • Emily Allen

    I love when you do posts like this, I come away feeling like I’ve learnt so much, I hate that feeling at the end of the day when your mascara feels like tar and is impossible to get off will definitely be trying out that remover :p xx Emmi

  • Amber Hunter

    You had some super helpful tips in this post! I had always only curled my lashes right at the roots. I have a pair of Tarte eyelash curlers but I really want to try the Shu Uemura ones!


    Lovely Notions

  • Kasady

    I also have very straight eyelashes which will only hold a curl for so long no matter how hard I crimp them with the Shu Uemrua curlers (they really are the best) but I absolutely despise waterproof mascara. Luckily, I found a mascara that ticks all of the boxes in blinc. It holds a curl phenomenally well, makes my lashes look longer, and is easily removed by warm water at the end of the day. If anyone has similar issues I think it’s worth trying.

  • Megan Roisin

    I really wish I could afford to spend £20 on the Shu Uemura curlers. Ah well, will have to find a cheaper alternative.

    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

  • Claudia

    I love the loreal telescopic mascara, I bought it because you talked about it so much and I LOVE IT!!!!

  • Mercedes

    Hi Anna, you should try the Kiko Ultra Tech Waterproof Mascara. It’s around 7€, and they often have a 50% off deal going on, that’s when I stock up. I haven’t tried the ones you suggested, but I have the your same eyelashes, and I think it’s a pretty good one if you’re on a budget.