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I use mascara after I do one curl at the base of the lashes and hold for about 30seconds and then sort of pump the curlers to the end if my lashes. The curl drops slightly during the day but it's definately still noticeable.
You must get metal - plastic ones are crap! Wait until your lashes are dry before using - so not when they are wet when you get out of the shower! Clamp hard near the base of your lashes and again halfway down. Then mascara them!
I sometimes curl again when my mascara is bone dry - never when wet! Again, clamp fairly hard
I have cautionary tale re eyelash curlers....my little sis used to use them regularly (always before mascara), but one day they removed a clump of eyelashes right in the middle of her eye! Probably a good 20% of her eyelashes! She has never us them since -understandably. I might have tried them before that happened to her, but wouldn't dream of it now. I did however have a new treatment at the salon last week, called LVL lashes. The therapist tinted then kind of straightened/permed my eyelashes, and they look amazing! It's almost like I'm wearing falsies, they look loads longer, and as a consequence, I look much more wide awake. It's supposed to last 6 -8 weeks, will keep you posted