Close this search box.

Do You Curl Your Lashes Before or After Mascara?

If you love the look of long, voluminous lashes, you might have wondered about the best way to curl them. Do you curl your lashes before or after applying mascara? Is there a difference? And what are the best tips and tricks to get the most out of your lash curler?

In this blog post, we will answer these questions and more, so you can achieve the perfect lash look every time. Let’s get started!

Why Curl Your Lashes?

Curling your lashes can make a huge difference in your eye makeup. It can make your eyes look bigger, brighter, and more awake. It can also enhance the effect of your mascara, making your lashes look longer and fuller.

Curling your lashes is especially helpful if you have straight or downward-pointing lashes that tend to hide your eyes. By lifting them up, you can open up your eye shape and create a more flattering look.

When to Curl Your Lashes: Before or After Mascara?

The answer is simple: curl your lashes before you apply mascara, according to beauty experts. It helps prevent clumping, shedding, breakage and brittleness.

You should curl your lashes before you put on mascara, according to beauty influencer Marwah Khamas. “I used to make the mistake of curling them afterward, but that tends to make lashes look clumpy,” she says. Beyond clumpy lashes, you also run the risk of getting your eyelashes stuck to your curler and causing shedding.

Additionally, lashes are more brittle and prone to breakage when coated with dry mascara. Sure, you can work delicately to make sure they don’t come off, but as far as the experts are concerned, curling your lashes before applying mascara is the best move.

How to Curl Your Lashes the Right Way

Now that you know when to curl your lashes, let’s talk about how to do it properly. Here are some steps to follow for the best results:

  • Start with clean, dry lashes. Make sure you remove any makeup residue or oil from your lashes before curling them, as this can affect the curl and the mascara application.
  • Choose a good quality lash curler that fits your eye shape. There are different types of lash curlers, such as metal, plastic, heated, or mini. You want to find one that is comfortable to use and that can reach all your lashes without pinching your skin or pulling your hair.
  • Position the curler at the base of your lashes, as close to the lash line as possible. Make sure you can see all your lashes inside the curler and that they are not twisted or crisscrossed.
  • Gently squeeze the curler and hold for a few seconds. Don’t tug or yank on your lashes, as this can damage them or cause them to fall out. You can also pump the curler a few times to create a more natural curve.
  • Release the curler and move it slightly up your lashes. Repeat the squeezing and holding process until you reach the tips of your lashes. This will create a more even and gradual curl, rather than a sharp bend.
  • Apply your mascara of choice, starting from the base and wiggling the wand up to the tips. You can use a volumizing, lengthening, or curling mascara, depending on your preference. You can also apply a waterproof mascara before your regular mascara to help lock in the curl, as suggested by some makeup artists.
  • Enjoy your beautiful, curled lashes!

FAQs About Curling Your Lashes

Here are some common questions and answers about curling your lashes:

  • How often should I curl my lashes? You can curl your lashes every day, as long as you do it gently and carefully. However, if you notice any signs of damage, such as lash loss, breakage, or irritation, you might want to take a break and let your lashes recover.
  • How long does the curl last? The curl can last anywhere from a few hours to a whole day, depending on your lash type, the curler, and the mascara you use. Some factors that can make the curl drop faster are humidity, sweat, oil, or rubbing your eyes. To make the curl last longer, you can use a waterproof mascara, a lash primer, or a setting spray.
  • Can I curl my false lashes or extensions? Generally, you don’t need to curl your false lashes or extensions, as they already have a natural curl to them. However, if you want to blend them better with your natural lashes, you can curl them very gently and lightly, using a low heat setting on a heated lash curler. Be careful not to damage the glue or the fibers of your falsies or extensions.
  • How do I clean my lash curler? You should clean your lash curler regularly, at least once a week, to remove any dirt, oil, or mascara residue that can build up on it. You can use a cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol or makeup remover to wipe the curler, especially the rubber pad and the metal clamp. You can also replace the rubber pad every few months, or when it gets worn out or cracked.


Curling your lashes is a great way to enhance your eye makeup and create a more glamorous look. The key is to curl your lashes before you apply mascara, and to do it gently and correctly. By following the tips and tricks in this blog post, you can achieve the perfect lash curl every time. Happy curling!

Stay In Touch

Never miss an important update. Be the first to receive our exclusive beauty tips straight into your inbox.