3 Easy Steps to Curling Eyelashes

Curling Your Eyelashes

Many of us curl our lashes either because we’ve simply been told to do so or it’s what we’ve always done. But why do we really? What are the benefits? Curling your eyelashes opens up the eyes and makes them appear larger! Whether your lashes are naturally straight or have flattened out over time, curling your eyelashes can really help your eyes stand out. We are bringing to you an easy step-by-step process to curling eyelashes with a few extra tips and tidbits thrown in!

Choosing an eyelash curler

Selecting a lash curler is important because it needs to fit your eye shape and lash curlers are made quite different! We recommend a curler with a rounded pad vs. a flat pad. Over time the rounded pads are more gentle on your lashes and they are less likely to split like the flat ones, which can break your lashes off – eek!

It seems like the lash curler that always gets recommended is the one made by Shu Uemura. This lash curler works great on Asian women and women with larger eyes, however it does not fit as well for Caucasian eye shapes! The Make-up Studio recommends the Japonesque Power Curl Eyelash Curler which is a more universal one. We love that it opens up wide to fit your lashes into! Spend the time and try different brands to see which one works for you.

Japonesque Power Curl Eyelash Curler

Step One:

Position lash curler so that you are close to the base of the lashes and gently squeeze. Then release, move out half way and gently squeeze again. The point is to achieve a natural curl instead of a bent lash such as the results you would get with a flat pad lash curler.

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Step Two:
Apply mascara and separate lashes using a small metal lash comb.

Blinc Heated Eyelash CurlerStep Three:
Finish with Blinc’s Heated Lash Curler to lift the outside lashes and any that stick straight down.

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: The heated lash curlers are more of a finishing tool and produce the best results when used in conjunction with a traditional eyelash curler!

 

Do It Yourself (DIY) Bridal Makeup

Classic Bridal Makeup Tutorial

Imagine having Martha Stewart plan your dinner party or Vera Wang help you shop for your wedding dress…well that’s the level of treat we are in for today! Julie Farley, owner and make-up artist extraordinaire of The Make-Up Studio in downtown Spokane, has written a whole post for us about how to do DIY bridal make-up! And while we here at Apple Brides strongly advise you to book a professional make-up artist, we also know that sometimes it’s just not in the cards.

It is truly an honor for all of us to get some DIY tips from her! Take it away Julie…

 

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Step 1- Prep Skin

 

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Prep skin with eye cream  and face primer. Using an eye cream will help application of under eye concealer and the face primer improves the texture of your skin for foundation application. The one we used is our favorite because it keeps the face more matte throughout the day. Great for bridal makeup that needs to last 12+ hours!

 

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Step 2 – Foundation, Concealer & Powder

 

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Use a tinted moisturizer for a natural look, followed by face and under eye concealer. Finish with colorless setting powder.

For more concealer tips see our blog posts : Under eye concealing made easy and How to hide redness on the face

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Step 3 – Eyes

 

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Prep lids with lid primer using brush and blend out with fingers. Then apply tight line color to root of lashes using flat stiff brush and eyeliner sealer. The eyeshadow needs to be pigment rich and can be other than black such as deep purple or navy blue.

 

 

 

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To create this look on the eyes apply darker bronze shadow on outside corner of eye, then a light gold shimmer on the inside half of eye. Next, apply a matte shade of light brown into crease to contour. Notice the powder we have used under the eyes to catch any fallen eyeshadow. Just brush away when done with eyeshadow application.

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Line waterline with black eye pencil, then tap a waterproof creme eyeshadow into lower lash line. Finish with light gold eye shadow to the inside v and highlight under brow, either using a flesh tone or soft shimmer shadow. Fill in brows as needed.

 

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Eye-lash-curling-collageCurl lashes with a rounded pad eyelash curler and apply waterproof mascara or the tube type such as Blinc. Separate lashes with a lash comb and finish with a heated lash curler to lift outside lashes.

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Step 4 – Blush, Bronzer & Contour

 

Apply Blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend upward along cheekbones. Bronzer should be applied to the high plains of the face, such as forehead, jawline and under cheekbone as a contour. To chisel cheekbones further, apply light colored powder just under bronzer and blend. This is a great visual effect.

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Step 5 – Lips

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Apply lip stain for a natural smudge proof color and finish with gloss.  You can add a light color gloss to mute the color of the stain if desired. Remember, your lips need to have a little more color to show up in photos.

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Step 6 – Lashes

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Applying false lashes will pop your eyes about 40% which is great for pictures. We prefer individual lashes to strips because they look more natural and don’t lift on the edges. Apply individual lashes to the lash line alternating sizes. Finish with a thin black liner on top to hide roots of lashes.

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All of these steps can all be achieved with the proper makeup and tools. Look for a high quality, oil free foundation and pigment rich shadows and blush. Most importantly, prep your skin. Your makeup will only look as good as the texture of your skin allows. We recommend getting started several weeks early using an eye cream and moisturizer to really get your skin hydrated. For a quick and easy facial alternative we recommend using the GLAMGLOW Mud Mask a couple times a week prior to your wedding. This will help get your face in tip top shape for your special day.