In the years since I first started wearing makeup there has been one piece of advice that I kept hearing over and over again. "Curl your eyelashes!" people would say. I read this tip in magazines, learned about it at makeup counters, and when I first started watching YouTube beauty videos, it was one of those steps that was always included. Celebrities would do interviews and when asked, "What's your number one beauty secret" they would answer, "I always curl my eyelashes. It really opens up my eyes." I owned an eyelash curler, and I would use them every now and then, forgetting most of the time, and never really saw a difference. But in my mind I assumed that I just couldn't tell from my angle... that maybe it was making a huge difference to my lashes from the side, and I just couldn't see them because my eyeballs are not in the best position to see the sides of my own face. (Yours aren't either, trust me. )
As time went on and I started doing YouTube videos more I started consciously using eyelash curlers everyday. I didn't notice a difference, but used them anyway, everyday before applying mascara. "Oh my Gosh!" I would think, "My eyes are so open now!"
It wasn't until a month ago whilst I was in Mexico with Ingrid for my birthday that I learned the truth. She was helping me film a mascara review video, and was sitting quite close to my eyes as I curled my lashes (very close. Like practically in my eyeball) when she nonchalantly said, "Oh! Your lashes are so curly!"
Huh? You can have curly lashes? How come no one has ever complimented me on my curly lashes? Then we switched positions and I filmed her while she filmed her mascara review video (we were being twins that day for #MakeupMayhem) and I watched in awe as I saw an eyelash curler actually DO something for the first time in my life. "Look what it did to your lashes!" I yelled happily at her. She proceeded to look at me like I was slightly askew and was probably thinking, "well duh. They are eyelash curlers. Aren't you supposed to be a beauty goo-roo?"
And so, I learned a lesson that day, ladies and gentlemen. I have curly eyelashes. Like the hairs on my head, the ones on my eye are naturally curly (I didn't know that was a thing) and therefore curling them does nothing. The end.
P.S. The point of this story was to point out that just because someone else says you should be doing something or using something doesn't mean you should. Do you have super clear skin but all of your friends are using acne-fighting cleansers? Don't use them! They can strip your skin! Do you have straight hair but love the idea of using a flat iron? Don't! (Actually, no really... don't. Talk about unnecessary heat damage. It's amazing how many people do this! In college I swear every straight-haired girl was flat iron happy.) And this rule of thumb can work for other areas in life too... you don't have to do something just because everyone else is. Don't be a sheep, be a lion.
Although, I like sheep. And lambs. Baaaahh.