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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

An interesting discovery and a lesson

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.

89 comments:

  1. laughing out loud!!! thank you for this post elle! obsessed with this blog

    follow me :) @isgreen

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  2. You're so lucky you have curly lashes!


    I have straight hair, and sometimes I use a flat iron to get things more sleek. But I don't flat iron every day.

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    1. well that's different :) If you have a reason for flat ironing then do it! I use mine to make my hair more sleek sometimes too

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  3. Haha I have the same issue, I realised a few years ago when I saw a lady with lashes so straight they poked her cheek. Haven't curled mine since as the are so curled I can barely get fake lashes behind them

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    1. yes!! I could never figure out why fake lashes were so hard to apply - but that's exactly the issue!

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  5. I never curl my eye lashes, and never had a reason to. Mine curl up naturaly and the mascara just makes it more prominate. If I do use one, I just get a un natural looking crese in my eye lashes that looks discgusting!

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  6. So jealous! I have stick straight lashes that can't handle most mascara formulas...even many waterproof ones. You are one lucky girl!

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  7. This was such a cute post! And don't shame that poor Chanel eyelash curler... if he needs a home, feel free to send him my way, because my eyelashes grow strait DOWN! Haha!

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  8. I can't curl my lashes just like you said. It never makes a difference... Maybe mine are all ready curly too!

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  9. I didn't know you could have curly eyelashes! I love your blog,you are so funny!

    Julia
    www.borntoblush.blogspot.com

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  10. My sister has the curliest eyelashes ever! To the point where its she gets mascara on her eyelids EVERYTIME. Shes terrified of eye lash cutlers and here i am with an eyelash curler for a bestfriend :/ i want curly lashes from my mama too dangit *pouts for the rest of the day*

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    xoXo

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  11. Yeah, I've never bothered getting an eyelash curler, because my lashes just naturally curve upward a lot anyway. Never saw the point!

    - TwinkleTealight

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  12. SO TRUE. I recently made the statement of "Stop trying to fix problems you don't have!" And this is a perfect example x

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  13. This makes so much sense! I've tried three different eyelash curlers and none of them seemed to work. And I've always wondered why mascara ends up on my eyelids, even when I really try to avoid it.

    I love reading your blog- it always lightens my mood!

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  14. I feel like my lashes are almost too curled when I use mine, but somehow I feel like it makes them look longer? Idk lol

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  15. haha this post was hilarious!! But my lashes are the exact same, I never really saw a difference in using an eye lash curler but I would use one everyday just because I 'thought' I was supposed to, but when the insert pad (not sure how to describe it) wore down I just didn't repurchase. And in all honesty I think my lashes are doing better without that unnecessary pressure everyday!

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  16. I never really noticed what an eyelash curler has ever done to my lashes either! I always considered my eyelashes " trained" from the extensive amount of time I would spent perfecting my eyelashes! now mascara doesn't take nearly as long and I don't even own an eyelash curler! Yay to curly lashes! <3

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  17. this post was super funny! But I'm one of those people who actually need to use a lash curler :(

    http://modernbeautygirl.blogspot.com/

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  18. Yes! I'm so glad I'm not the only one! My eye lashes are so curled naturally that I literally have to straighten them out between my thumb and forefinger before I apply mascara. Otherwise my lashes look really short

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  19. obsessed with this blog, and you! you are so funny and insightful. any tips on how to make your lashes stronger, by any chance?

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  20. I have the same thing! But when I curl my (already curly) lashes, I feel like they look stumpy because of where the "crimp" goes. Basically, it just bend my lashes in half, so that the lash roots go straight forward, and the ends curl up, which makes them look short and weird, haha.

    I haven't used my lonely lash curler in so long, because I just don't need it! But I love using lengthening mascara, which gives me baby doll lashes!

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  21. I had the SAME epiphany when a make up artist told me the same thing!

    Now I have a eyelash curler with no use, haha.

    clarissaferreira6.blogspot.com

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  22. Hmm I didnt know curly lashes DO exist because I realised everytime I curl my lashes it made mine look extremely straight and its weird, so I stopped using an eyelash curler!

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  23. I wish I had curly eyelashes! Mine are short and straight :(

    Seaside Beauty
    xxx

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  24. My lashes are also pretty curly! I've never found it necessary to curl them. Lucky to have one less step in my routine.

    You mentioned you have curly hair... now that's something I'm jealous of!!

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  25. My lashes grow straight down! Not to be racist but are most Asian girls like that? When I curl my lashes, instead of curling up, they bend up 90 degrees! It's so weird and so I never use any lash products... Can anyone tell me what I did wrong?

    http://keslytales.blogspot.com/

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  26. THANK YOU for this! I always thought that mascara did more to curl, lift, and hold my lashes than my lash curler - I just thought I wasn't using the curler properly! There goes some wasted money :-/

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  27. I've always felt the same way about curling my eyelashes. I never really notice a difference. I think I will check to see if I have curly lashes :) Someone did tell me I had good eyelashes and that they went up...I guess that means they are naturally curled up?

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  28. Great post! I also love sheep! :-D

    Lots of love from Germany!

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  29. I agree with the "no problem why fix it" comment up there, too much stuff is bad in the end.
    I have very short, spare and straight lashes, oh and not to mention very sensitive. Most mascaras or eyeliners irritate my eyes, and make my lashes fall out..with one exception: Dr Hauschka mascara actually makes them grow!!!
    I feel like I would end up lashless if I curled those poor guys..

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  30. Haha too funny! I still don't use an eyelash curler but probably should....OOOORRRR I should have someone stand in my face, staring at my eyeball to help me determine if my eyelashes are naturally curly. Hmmmm....

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  31. Yeaaay to curly lashes :) Personnaly I have extra long lashes but they are normal so once I curl them I really see a difference :)

    I love reading you Elle !! Big up :)

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  32. My lashes are not curly:(

    http://alinaermilova.blogspot.ru/

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  33. I don't think curling my lashes has much of an effect- until AFTER I apply some mascara, not the best.. but I wonder I'm just not doing it properly..

    doseofsprinkle.blogspot.com

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  34. You're so lucky you're one of those people who have naturally curled lashes :( Mine just grow stick straight and it's so hard to find a good mascara that holds a curl with my lashes!

    http://itsjessicachoy.blogspot.com/

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  35. It's definitely important to keep this in mind! http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

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  36. I get my eye lashes permed, and the curl last for three months. i used an eye lash curler for a little bit but it was damaging my eye lashes so i stopped for awhile and about two years ago i found eye lash perming.

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  37. Elle, well whats so wierd is that my 2 eyeballs have different eyelashes. one eye has long lashes and other much shorter.

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  38. LOL yeah I have such long curled lashes that when in tried to put on false lashes - they made almost no difference! So thakfulll

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  39. Thanks for the little lesson ;) I think to often we do whatever we read or hear and don't think about why.

    http://tanjamortensen.com/

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  40. YES!! I have never curled my lashes because I never saw a difference. In fact, I found when I would curl them they would get in the way of my glasses and flick against them all day - super annoying haha And yes, I will confess I was one of those girls in high school who straightened their already straight hair. In my (very slight) defense, the ends of my hair do tend to curl in or out a bit which I never liked (and now I do).
    xo

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  41. I have always just curled my lashes out of habit, I never thought that my lashes were already curly! All this time I thought I just wasn't seeing the results (even though I swear something was happening lol). Ya learn something new everyday huh? Thanks for this Elle!

    xx

    http://jackierobertsbeautybomb.wordpress.com

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  42. Aha, loved this, I'm in the exact same boat!

    http://njcdesigns.blogspot.com/

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  43. My lashes are the same way, natural curly! I've never seen the appeal of eyelash curlers but I guess it's just because I don't need to use one!

    AddictedtoOPI

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  44. Well I've never noticed this. Haha!
    But I've always thought that the eyelash curler is supposed to help your mascara!!
    Anyways,
    Elle, when are you uploading another video? I miss your videos a lot :)
    Have a happy day :)

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  45. I really really love your blog, Elle! I always look forward to a new blog post every evening before I go to bed. Your writing style is so cute and funny and I really enjoy reading your blog! :)
    I´m totally with you on that eyelash-curler thing. I never saw a huuuge difference after using them because I don´t need them either :D

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  46. I loved this post! Your writing really makes your personality shine through. And lucky you for having curly lashes! Mine are pretty straight and eyelash curlers help me big time, but 'the curled effect' doesn't last long... Hmm, maybe I just need to pick up another eyelash curler...

    Sandra - The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  47. Haha. I loved this post. I could actually hear you talking to me. Keep it up! I'm so glad you're blogging.

    PS. Elle (or anyone else that might know) how do you annotate your photos? In photoshop? I've been wanting to put together cute images like this for my blog and don't know where to start.

    Thanks!
    Rachel @painfreekitchen

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    1. I use picmonkey.com :) It's free and so easy!

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  48. Such a great post:) Thanks Elle! I'm in love with your blog

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  49. I've been so convinced I was doing something wrong with them this whole time, haha.

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  50. Such a great post:) Thanks Elle! I'm in love with your blog

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  51. OMG same. I have battled with eyelash curlers for years trying to make them work for me with no success till my mom asked me why I bothered since my eyelashes were so curly naturally! It made my mornings so much easier :)

    mercuteify.blogspot.com

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  52. hahahahah, such a funny post elle! You never fail to make me smile!

    http://milkshakebreak.blogspot.pt/

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  53. I've never used eyelash curlers either.I figure if my eyelashes curl up and touch the skin above my eyeball with just a couple coats of mascara(leaving a smudged mess) I don't need a curler!

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  54. Elle!!!!!!!! curling your eyelashes is soooooo baad for them!!! it breaks your eyelashes!!! and it stops them from growing! i love you and your videos sooo much, and i am so glad i found and actually started reading your blog! (its amazing) i really hope you see this and reply to it!!!!
    i love you so much Elle! <3 <3 <3

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  55. I used to curl my eyelashes religiously...until my curler broke. That's when I realized that my lashes curled naturally and I was just wasting my time! Anyways, really funny post Elle! Love your blog!

    www.heavenlooksalotlikeamall.blogspot.com

    Recent Posts : Sale Survival Guide - Aritzia, Colours of the Rainbow TAG and more! A haul will be coming up soon!

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  56. Agreed about the flat iron for straight-haired girls! I may have fallen into that trap... ugh

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    1. hahaha!!! It's easy to do and not even realize that youre not getting the same benefits out of it as your friends

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  57. This is so true... People are just sheep sometimes! :L

    letitiaharriet.blogspot.com

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  58. Absolutely love this post! I never thought about this! Thanks Elle! :D

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  59. First time in your blog, and i'm in love!
    This is such a cute post, thanks for sharing :)

    http://sundaydesire.blogspot.com

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  60. My eyelashes are naturally curly too and I was always like you, like um this does nothing for me so i stopped until one day I heated my eyelash curler with a blowdryer and then curled, I'll tell you even you will notice a big difference. And if you're wondering my lashes don't seem to fall out or get harmed so it's pretty cool if you have the extra time to do it.

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    1. I've tried that! It still doesn't work for me, LOL!

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  61. Like you never thought I needed to "curl" my eyelashes, for years I've never done. I never thought I might have curly eyelashes too ? but my hair is not curly, just wavy.

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  62. Got you.However, in my case, I love love my eyelash curler and it does wonder to my eyes. I got naturally straight hair and so my eyelashes are straight too, so eyelash curler is my best friend!

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  63. Curling my lashes makes a huge difference for me! My lashes are just like my hair, where they can't decide if they're curly or straight, so a little curl makes them look a little more natural and not all wonky... :)

    meganandpearls.com

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  64. Come learn how to be the best at everything!

    embracethebest.blogspot.com

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  65. I love your blog elle my lashes are pin straight lucky you

    www.glittergossip.com

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  66. I don't curl my lashes because I've never felt it does anything for me either, now I know why.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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  67. My eyelashes are the exact same way and it took me while to notice too. I thought it was normal!! Haha :)

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  68. I wish my eyelashes are curly!! I'm so jealous haha

    http://fromfilmwithlove.blogspot.ca/

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  69. I just love reading your posts! You always have me giggling!

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  70. My lashes are fairly curled as well and yet I still use a lash curler. I curl mine in 3 places - very close to the roots, the mid-section and somewhere closer to the tips. This way I get a super intense curl but whenever you apply mascara the curl falls a bit. So this 3 part curling helps my already curled lashes look way longer and opens up my eyes really well!

    xo
    Liina

    http://missliina.com

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  71. hahaha great post! I think that mine are a cross... so curling helps!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  72. hahaha....that's the story of everyone's life, you don't know the good in you until someone points it out :D..I stopped curling my lashes..because I couldn't spot the difference either..maybe it's the lash curler..anyways great post..:)

    http://bare2beautiful.blogspot.com/

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  73. Great story Elle! I was thinking the same thing for mine, but I learnt to use my eyelash curler a little bit more effectively. I curl for some length, then I apply my mascara. Though my lashes already are curly, I think it helps just a little. But I could definitely do without it too! hahah

    ~Christina
    http://chrisamorgoodie.blogspot.com

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  74. agreeed!! my eyelashes are naturally curly too and i've never felt the need to use a curler, or a curling mascara for that matter, becuase any normal mascara in the world just makes my eyes look bigger and opener anyway. and mine are also long (long enough to get compliments) but since they're a bit lighter at the ends, and lighter on the whole (even though my hair is super dark, i'm pakistani after all) they dont look as long or lush without mascara. so i dont really need a specific lengthening or volumizing mascara either. even though the makeup salesgirls are always trying to sell me newer "curling mascaras that take your lashes to a whole new dimension". honestly, i feel ANY mascara on earth i use when it coats my lighter lashes, they look ENORMOUS, long, thick, and super curly. so yeah, my only criteria for choosing a mascara is whether its waterproof or not (waterproof clumps my lashes and i find that, unless i splash my face with a lot of water followed by rubbing my eyes and blinking toooo hard, even my non waterprof mascara doesnt just start to run) so yeah thats that, breaking all norms here: i'm a universal mascara lady

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  75. and yeah, i once tried to use a curler on my lashes, they only looked wierd and deformed or should i say dented, like my lashes were stuck to my lids lol

    http://www.mannoness.com/

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