start with clean dry lashes, eye makeup should be in place, but mascara should not have been applied, looking straight into the mirror open the eyelash curler and place eyelaashes in-between the top and bottom section of the curler. use with eyes open or closed. you will get a closer curl by leaving it open. make sure curler is as close to the base as possible. without using a lot of pressure, gently close the curler at the base of the lash. be as light as possible, once you feel like you are not pinching apply more pressure making sure to keep the pressure firm. hold the curler in the center of the lash and gently apply pressure again. repeat with the other eye. add mascara.