The 12-Hour Eyelash Curl: How to Make It Last All Day

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At Byrdie HQ, most of us have gone through the rounds with lash extensions, lash lifts, and everything in-between. There's no comparison to the look of full, lifted lashes, but you don't have to make a trip to a salon (or empty out your wallet) to get it. It's fairly easy to curl lashes at home in just a few minutes, and makeup artists have some pro tips for keeping your lash curl strong and lifted all day long. Ahead, watch MUA Bob Scott share how to curl your lashes (and keep them curled all day long).

Meet the Expert

Bob Scott is a celebrity makeup artist with clients among the likes of Karlie Kloss, Padma Lakshmi, and more.

Step One: Lift Your Lashes With a Mechanical Lash Curler

As the first step to an all-day hold, curl your lashes with a traditional lash curler (Scott recommends the below option from Shu Uemura). "I like to do this on bare lashes before I apply mascara," says Scott. "So I take the lash curler and I put it all the way to the base of the lashes. And I like to crimp it four or five times. And then I'll move halfway up the lash and curl one more time." Curling your lashes prior to applying mascara is key, as curling after can result in a clumped appearance and crimped line of demarcation. If all of your lashes don't fit into your eyelash curler at once, opt for a smaller, half lash curler. Use the same movements to curl your lashes section by section, starting at the inner corner.

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Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler $23.00

Step Two: Apply Your Favorite Mascara

Once you've curled your lashes with a conventional curler, follow up with some of your favorite mascara. Push the mascara into the base of your lashes, then work from the bottom up to help keep your eyelashes curled. A couple of coats is okay, but a heavy application could work against you and your curl. In order to keep your eyelashes curled, look for a volumizing, curl-locking formula for the best results. And for extra-staying power, choose a waterproof formula.

Step Three: Comb Through Your Lashes

As a third step, Scott recommends using a metal lash comb to comb through your lashes (and mascara). This will help to remove some of that excess "goop" from your lashes for a more natural, feathery finish. "Go from the bottom and push through any clumps," they say. "This helps to distribute the mascara from the root to the tip and allows you to get more definition."

Step Four: Finish Things Off With a Heated Lash Curler

"So this is one of my favorite new discoveries," says Scott. "It's a heated lash curler. It's a wand with a rod inside that heats up very gently. And so I just take this, and I push it very close to the base, and just push it through the rest of the lash." And there you have it—you officially know how to get eyelashes to stay curled around the clock.

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Grande Lash Lift Heated Lash Curler $35.00

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