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Best Gadget I Never Wanted...
on February 7, 2013
I got this as a thank you gift for helping out at an event and thought that it was the most ridiculous thing. I was wrong! I was lucky enough to have a professional make-up artist tell me how to properly use it and will never go back. Traditional pinch curlers left creases in my lashes even when I was soft with them and I couldn't get lift from the base which left me with little hard-angled curls at the ends of my lashes. This product is able to get at the base of your lashes with no problem.
Here's the instructions I got:
After applying mascara and letting it dry...
Heat, for about 15 seconds, place at base of lashes and push gently up and back, almost folding them onto your lids (this is the best way I have found). It has NEVER scortched me, so don't worry about that.
Hold for a few seconds, this will vary from person to person. I do it for a good 5 count then slowly move it up your lashes pushing back, pausing for a few seconds when you feel you need more curl. While working your way up you can gently shake the curler from side to side to help to work the lashes into the grooves of the heater, not to mention get some extra separation.
Once you get to about 60% of the way up your lashes, gently fold the ends of your lashes back on themselves with the heated part of the curler so that the heater is facing toward the ground and your lashes are in a sideways "U" with the open part facin the lid. Hold for desired curl.
This is designed to work almost like a reverse curling iron, heating from the outside of the lashes, instead of having the hair wraped around it to heat. Like putting a velcro curler in your hair and using a blow dryer to heat it, except there is no blowing, just heat. You can curl your whole lash or just the outside to give that flare effect.
You can do this multiple times if need be, but once you figure out how long to do each of these steps, you shouldn't have to. Usually takes me less than 2 minutes to finish perfect lashes, sometimes less than a minute if I am not being a princess about it.
Hope this helps someone. I just saw so many bad reviews about them and it seemed that the worst thing about them was that there was no proper instructions. It does go through batteries like crazy, but totally worth it. I also tend to get a bit ADD and forget to turn it off sometimes, so that might just be me. I recently dropped it from about 7 feet up onto tile, and the head broke off so I had to get a new one, which brought me to writing this review. Good luck to all!