Eyelash Curler: What It Is & How to Use It

“The eyes are the windows to the soul” wrote many scholars and poets from the days of Matthew to this day.

And we, the mortals, try to make this portal to our soul as attractive as possible. A well known way to make the eyes appear bigger and more pronounced is by manipulating the eyelashes.

The eyelashes provide an important biological function: they are sensitive to the touch and protect the eyes from airborne debris, in the same way that whiskers tell a cat that something is near by.

Our eyelashes develop in vitro during the 22nd to 26th weeks of gestation. In adults, the lashes take about 8 weeks to grow. The color of the lashes tend to be darker than the head hair.
Lashes appear in other mammals as well. The camel’s lashes are known to be especially long and thick to protect it’s eyes from sand storms. Horses, dogs, cats, cows and even ostriches have eyelashes as well.

Long eyelashes have been considered throughout the ages as a sign of femininity. Women try to enhance the appearance of the eyelashes through coloring them with mascara or wearing artificial eyelashes that are glued to the base of the eye lid where normal eyelashes usually grow. The latest fashion calls for eyelash extensions that are glued individually between your own eyelashes and last for a few weeks. Permanent tinting of the eyelash also exists.

In recent years the drug companies have turned their attention to the eyelashes as well. We started hearing a lot about Latisse, a medication approved by the FDA in 2009, for the purpose of enhancing the growth of eyelashes. Another medication, called Lumigan, is normally prescribed to treat glaucoma. One of the side effects of this medication, it was discovered, is to grow long and new eyelashes.

But if you don’t want to resort to medications that have some side effects (the Lumigan for example will darken your eye color turning hazel eyes to brown), there are other methods: eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara and eyelash curlers.

Eyelash curlers are in existence since the beginning of the 1930s, invented by William McDonnell of Rochester, New York. They were made of metal and later had rubber pads. The best ones today are still made of very light metal with silicon pads. Some editions are made of 24k gold.

This crimping tool with a scissor-like handles is designed to make your eyes appear wider and brighter by curling the upper lashes, slanting them back towards the brow. This way, it is believed, they open the eyes and provide a frame.

How to Use Eyelash Curler?

For the process to be clean and fast, do it before applying mascara.

  1. Open the curlers and trap the upper lashes in between the pads as close as you can to the base of the lashes.
  2. Close the curler and hold for a few seconds. Release and move up the lashes until they are facing the direction you desire.
  3. To accelerate the process you can heat up the curlers with a hair dryer. Warm them up, do not make them too hot to touch.
  4. Apply a good coat of mascara.

Do not pull the lashes to the side with sudden movements or slide the curler instead of opening it up. With some practice this process lasts a mere few seconds.

You can always “touch up” the curve of the lashes after you’ve applied mascara, but remember to clean the silicone pads with eye makeup remover. You don’t want the old mascara crimp the lashes in the wrong direction. Manufacturers recommend to change the pads every two months or so.



If you're new to the LPN community, you may or may not know that I am a little hugely enamoured with lip products. There is rarely a point during the day where my lips are bare... but how can you blame me when there are products. I spent the last little while with two of their lip products and am a true Osmia convert. Created by the lovely Sarah, an MD turned natural beauty products wizard, Osmia Organics is a new addition to my faves list. The purest ingredients are found on the backs of her labels, and the natural scents are what keeps a "scent sensitive" girl like me coming back for more.

 Honey Myrr Lip Repair Review

A healing phenom in the natural wellness world, as well as tamanu oil (known to help regenerate skin) and myrrh (which softens dry skin, helps prevent premature aging, rejuvenates the skin, and improves circulation - can you say saviour?), this lip repair is one of the best - and most natural - on the market. On the pictured image above, I took it before usage. When you do use this product, you actually have to push through the seal of the product and get into all the good stuff. It's perfect for layering on before bed so it can work its magic while you sleep; however, I also use it throughout the day (it's great under a matte lipstick) and in the AM when I get up.

A beautiful thing about this product is it doubles as a chapped skin healer. Even those with the driest of lips, this one will work wonders. All the healing properties of the lip repair can also be used on dry allergy-ridden noses and even dry cuticles.

Lip Luster Gloss Review
My other weakness when it comes to lips? Smooth jelly lip glosses. At first I was first a little scared off by the deep red colour of the tube, but after putting it on, I fell in love. You can see by the picture above that it is anything but overwhelming in colour (and just to clear up any questions about the spot on my lip, that is my lip freckle and not a flaw in the lip gloss :-). The colour is created by wild-harvested alkanet powder and organic beet root-infused castor bean oil. The rest of the ingredients include organic beeswax, lanolin (if you're lanolin sensitive, take note) and GMO-free vitamin E. So pure and simple, I was an immediate fan.

To use, I applied directly on my lips with the tube and then blended the gloss with my finger to spread the colour evenly. It isn't sticky at all, which means I am not eating my hair all day (ladies with long locks can empathize with this tribulation).

Have a beautiful Sunday LPN'ers!

10 Best Inspiring Makeup Tips



Want to know how to apply makeup correctly? Then read on to find out 10 tips from Bollywood’s favorite makeup artist- Mickey Contractor.

Mickey Contractor Makeup Tips:

1. Moisturizing the skin should be the first thing to do before applying makeup. Moisturizing the skin helps in smooth application of foundation and concealer, according to Mickey Contractor.

He advises that a foundation, which matches one’s natural skin tone, should be used. For a dewy look, the makeup application should be reversed and foundation should be applied at last.

2. If you have small eyes, you need to make them appear more open by applying highlighter in the middle and blend it. He says that people, who do not blend in the highlighter and just leave a dot in the center of their eyes, look awful.

3. His Favorite M.A.C products are – MAC fluidline, Studio Fix Fluid Foundation and Viva Glam lip gloss.

4. He recommends girls, who are not shy of color, to wear a hot pink lipstick, which would look striking with a nude face!


Mickey was quoted saying that the rosie brown hued Blush in Sur is ideal for contouring, while the white gold Blush In Gana works brilliantly as a highlighter on cheekbones to give the complexion a beam of radiance.

5. Bollywood makeup artist Mickey Contractor suggests further that men also should use skin care products on a regular basis and applying bronzer may be a good idea! Mickey further added that men also should try using concealer on their under-eye area so as to make their eyes look well rested.

Mickey Contractor was also quoted by Huffington post, for his views on strongest makeup trends in Bollywood. Mickey says that ‘eyes’ has always been the center point for attention as they speak volumes. He added “Bollywood is all about eyes, I think India is all about eyes, because we draw a lot from our tradition, we draw a lot from our culture — for generations it’s always been about eyes.”

Mickey went ahead saying that most Indians don’t really wear makeup, and if they do, its all about kohl and bindi as they add color to their faces. “Kohl is so important to every Indian woman, it’s also our highest selling product at MAC. It will always be eyes,” added Mickey.

7. Mickey advices women to stick to their natural skin color, adding that in India every woman wants to look fair for some odd reason. But a woman should respect her own skin color and should not wear foundations which are 2 shades lighter and all, but should apply a foundation which is closest to one’s natural skin color.

8. A blush in a shade of peach or pink is recommended by Mickey Contractor bridal makeup.  A blush should be applied on the apple of the cheeks and one should work upwards and outwards.

9. Lips should be lined using a lip liner, and then should be blended along with a pale shade of lipstick leaving no sharp lines.

10. Finally, MAC brow finisher is the product he recommends to get natural looking eyebrows. He says that eyebrows form the frame of the face, and thus, one should concentrate on the brows to make them look right.

Rainy Day Makeup Tips:

On rainy days, for women who cannot avoid foundation, use M.A.C. Face and Body foundation, which is water-proof and provides long-lasting, natural coverage for face and/or body. Waterproof eye makeup like M.A.C. Powerpoint eye pencils and MAC Splashproff Lash mascara are a good investment. MAC tinted lipglosses are your safest bet for rainy days.

I hope you liked the article on makeup tips by Mickey Contractor girls! The next time you head for a party, just follow these Mickey Contractor Makeup tips for a picture perfect looks. Take care and stay beautiful.

How to Find the Perfect Makeup Shade

Finding the perfect makeup shade is not as difficult as we make it to be. Maybe it is the abundance of products on the market that dull and confuse the issue.

Here are a few tips on how avoid the clutter and find the perfect shade for you…

Why Makeup?
Why do you want to apply makeup? To cover blemishes, spots, wrinkles and to even out the skin tone, is the answer most women give. It is important for you to know that no one makeup will do all this and look natural. If you have red spots you are trying to hide, use a concealer (green) before applying makeup. This way the red will not be noticeable, and the layer of makeup can be thinner and more natural looking.
The same way, no makeup can cover all the wrinkles. Use products like fillers, to fill in deep creases before applying makeup.

Know Your Skin Type

There are four possible skin types: normal, oily, dry or a combination of the last two. To figure out once and for all what is your skin type do a simple test: After removing all the previous makeup with an oil-free product, rinse your face well with warm water. Pat dry and do not apply any products. After about an hour touch your face. Is it dry? Is it oily to the touch? If the skin feels dry in some areas and oily in others – you have a combination skin.

What Kind of Makeup?

What kind of makeup depends on your skin type. Use the foundation to supplement your skin. If your skin is oily, you should look at what a powder can do for you. Mineral based makeup can help fight oily skin as well. Liquids and creams will add moisture to the skin, and should be used by those who have dry or very dry skin. If you have a combination skin, you might find that using more than one makeup will work the best for you. Those with normal skin can use any product they are comfortable with.

Choosing the Right Make Up Shade

There are so many choices out there! So many shades for every skin tone, so many possibilities. And to confuse the issue even more, each cosmetics company has its own way of categorizing them.

Here are a few rules of thumb for choosing the right shade:

The oldest method is to look at the inside color of your wrists.

How do the veins look?

If your veins appear blue, your skin tone is from the yellow family, and you should look for a “cool” shade. If your veins appear green, you belong to the pink family and you should look for the ones which are called “warm”. Those shades can also be called “beige”, “buff” or “pink”. The yellow shades might carry names such as “golden”, “olive” or “rosy brown”.

Another method is to hold a piece of gold and silver fabric next to your wrist to see the reflection of the veins in them. If they have a blue tone next to the silver go for the cool shades, if it appears green next to the gold go for warm shades.

Now, by narrowing the field, you can concentrate on choosing the right one for you. The makeup should match your skin tone. Do not try to change the color of your skin with makeup. If you want a tanner look, use bronzers instead.

Test a small amount on your jawline and blend it into your neck, or put a dab on your wrist and blend it well. Does the patch stand out? It is the wrong shade. It should be noticeable only in close inspection.

This is a bit tricky if you try to buy makeup in a store that doesn’t let you try the makeup on your skin.
As a smart shopper you know that the makeup shade in the bottle does not reflect correctly the result it will have on your face. Many cosmetics companies offer a tester for the shades. In the big stores, they will happily do it for you. If you are going that route, make sure you go to the counter with clean and moisturized face and nothing else.

If you can, exit the store to look at the results in daylight. You can always come back later if the store doesn’t allow it. It is especially important if you are buying makeup you plan to wear during the day.

There, it isn’t that hard, is it?