How to Curl Short, Straight Lashes, According to a Makeup Artist

August 03, 2022 logo
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If you were born with short lashes, then you’re probably familiar with the struggle of trying to get that doe-eyed look of voluminous, curly lashes. Short and straight lashes can be stubborn and resistant to the usual tips and tricks you hear about for getting your lashes to hold a curl. So, if you’ve tried the standard lash-curler technique and just about every volumizing mascara you can find and are still having difficulty, we recommend switching up your technique and making sure you’re using the right curler for your lash type.

According to makeup artist Kasey Spickard, using a mini eyelash curler (like the Shu Uemura Mini Eyelash Curler) is best for curling short, straight lashes. For extra oomph, he also recommends heating up the curler using your blow dryer on the medium setting — you want the curler to get warm, not hot, as that could lead to breakage. To ensure added lift, use a mascara that encourages a long-lasting clump-free curl, like the Maybelline New York The Colossal Curl Bounce.

Although curler type is crucial for getting a lasting curl, so is technique. Shorter lashes don’t benefit from the typical clamp-and-curl, so you have to get a little more innovative. We recommend trying Youtuber Cococho ’s technique, which she shares in the tutorial ahead. (But, if all else fails, there are always drugstore falsies.)

How to Curl Short, Straight Lashes

For this technique, it’s all in the angle. Rather than curling straight on, she takes a varied approach. To start, bring the curler close to the eye as you normally would and start curling lashes at the root. As you work your way to the tip of your lashes, carefully curve the curler toward your nose which helps to curl the lashes on the very ends.

To get the smaller hairs toward the inner corners, place your lashes in the curler again and curl toward the nose, angling it down, and outward. Finally, curl lashes straight and pull downward (extremely gently!) to extend the curl. The key to this method is to be patient, but it’s worth it — the results are next-level and the answer to your stubborn lash woes.

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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