How To Keep Those Stubborn Lashes Curled — For Good

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I’m a simple mascara-and-go type of person, but for lashes to stand on their own, the key is to curl them up and out of your eyes to really open up those peepers. But for some stubborn lashes, using a curler may not be enough, like for R29 reader Allyson C. from L.A.

She asked, “Whenever I curl my lashes and proceed to apply mascara, my lashes always lose their curl. I've also tried curling, applying a light coat of mascara, curling again, and then applying another coat, but no luck. HELP!”

Through the years of reporting on beauty conundrums, I've gathered a few expert tips to fight even the droopiest lashes. Click below for the technique that'll keep your stubbornly straight lashes curled — for good.
Web2Kevyn Aucoin The Eyelash Curler, $21, available at Beauty.com.
Tip #1: Start with clean eyes, which means no eye creams or serums, says Beauty.com’s beauty director Romy Soleimani.

Tip #2: "Tools are very important," says Soleimani. Her favorite eyelash curler is by Kevyn Aucoin. If you don't have sunken eye sockets, try flatter curlers, like Shiseido's Eyelash Curler. Clamp the curler down at the base of your lashes the longest, then "walk" the curler out to the tips with decreasing pressure.

Next: The mascara that you need to use.
Web3Maybelline Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara in Very Black 361, $5.03, available at Drugstore.com.
Tip #3: Volumizing mascaras often have heavy formulas, which can weigh your lashes down, causing them to droop. Celebrity makeup artist and author of "Style Eyes," Taylor Chang-Babaian says to use waterproof formulas, like Maybelline Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara.

Tip #4: Wait for the coat to fully dry before applying another. Layering on coats when the lashes are still wet will cause clumps.

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