Entertainment Fashion & Style How to Use an Eyelash Curler Making Your Eyes Look Bigger and Brighter Share PINTEREST Email Print Justin Pumfrey/Iconica/Getty Images Fashion & Style Makeup Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Hair Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Julyne Derrick Contributing Writer Texas Lutheran University American University Julyne Derrick is a freelance beauty writer and contributing writer for Byrdie. our editorial process Julyne Derrick Updated March 23, 2018 There's really no better way to make your eyes look bigger and brighter than by curling your eyelashes with an eyelash curler. If magazine and online articles are to be believed, then the eyelash curler is one of the great beauty secrets of thousands of gorgeous women and their makeup artists. Metal eyelash curlers are better than plastic. You'll want to replace the pads on the curler every 2 months if you use it regularly. For best results, you'll want to gently heat the curler with a blowdryer for no more than 3 seconds. Easy Steps for Using an Eyelash Curler Follow these steps to give your eyelashes extra volume. The whole process takes about three minutes. The first thing to remember when using an eyelash curler is to remove any bits of makeup from both your eyes and from the eyelash curler. This is so that bacteria will not spread and so that unnecessary allergies and infections can be avoided.The next step is optional, some women prefer to heat up their curler. Like that of a curling iron, a heated up eyelash curler offers a more dramatic and long lasting curl. Just make sure to touch the curler to test its heat before holding it up to your eye area, as this area is very sensitive.Proceed to curl your lashes. Carefully line your lashes with the curler placing it on the upper lashes just above the lash roots then, hold. Hold this for around 10 to 30 seconds. Be careful not to press too hard or to tug at your lashes as this could damage your lashes. Remember that the eyes must be half opened when curling the lashes. Never curl lashes after you apply mascara—as the mascara dries, lashes can stick to the curler and be torn from the roots. Don't bother curling bottom lashes.Repeat on the other eye. Choosing an Eyelash Curler There are different factors to be considered when choosing an eyelash curler such as the shape of the eyelash curler and whether to get an electric curler or not. With regards to the first factor, everyone is born with a different shape of eyes. It is important to determine whether or not your lashes fit perfectly into the eyelash curler. If not, part of your lashes could be left out, and your lashes will end up looking uneven. The second consideration would be to get an electric curler or not, if you’re in a rush during mornings then this could be one for you. However, if you’re in no particular hurry then just manually heating the eyelash curler with a blow dryer or dipping it in warm water will do the trick. Always look out for a good grip and a sturdy pad on your eyelash curler. The grip and pad on an eyelash curler could make or break it. The grip has to be firm enough to create a long-lasting curl but at the same time, it should not be too tight as to damage your lashes. It is always good to pick a good silicone pad that is not too thick or too thin. If the silicone pad is not of good quality, a clear line could show on your lashes which could make it look unnatural.