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An eyelash curler is a hand-operated mechanical device for curling eyelashes for cosmetic purposes. Usually only the upper eyelashes are curled. Before using, the device can be shortly heated with a hair dryer, but not to the extent to burn the delicate skin above the eyes. Self-heating, battery-operated units are available.
The first known patent for the eyelash curler states that it was filed by Charles Stickel and William McDonell from Rochester, New York. A further review of the 1931 Eyelash Curler patent shows that it was invented by William McDonell. It can be used with Fine Magnify 2x Mirror with Suction Cups.
William Beldue and his Kurlash Company held patents in Canada, the United States and Great Britain for the eyelash curler and improvements to it.
Eyelash curlers are usually made of metal, and often have rubber pads where the curlers make contact with the lashes. Manufacturers include ForteBellezza, Shiseido and Shu Uemura.
Usage: There are two ways of using eyelash curler. It can be either used after warming up with a hair dryer or without warming. To get the best results it is recommended to use it after warming up with a hair dryer because it lasts longer. When using it with the hair dryer it is very important to be cautious of the temperature you warm it up to so that it doesn’t burn. To avoid the risk of burning the eyelid with the hot metal curlers, many companies have introduced plastic based curlers. Some companies are looking into introducing self-heated curlers to control the temperature and completely eliminate the risk of a burn.
To begin, warm up the curler and then curl the eyelashes for 10 to 15 seconds. Continue curling them until you have the desired shape. Next, apply more coats of the mascara and curl the eyelashes once more for the final look. Repeat the application of mascara and curling of the lashes until the desired length reached. Some users might have to apply mascara and curl the eyelashes more times as compared to others because of varying lengths of the eyelashes.
Advantages: It is a good make up kit tool because it gives the illusion of bigger and brighter eyes and helps lengthen the eyelashes. When it is applied using different tactics like going heavier on the outer corner eyelashes it gives a different and well defined shape to the eyes. It is easy to use without professional training and is not very expensive to purchase along with this it is not a very big tool so it can be comfortably placed in the makeup bag.
Disadvantages: Among many advantages, there are some disadvantages to the eyelash curler. If not used with care, pulling on the eyelashes while curling can lead to weakening of the roots. This may result in the eyelashes becoming weak and eventually lead to shedding which can be very bad for an eye because they protect the eye from wind and dust and don’t grow back quickly.
Usage can lead to accidents where a user pinches the eyelid. Depending on the amount of pressure they apply, this can cause a serious injury to the eye. Similarly, when used warm, an eyelash curler, especially those made of metal, can cause serious burns to the eyelid.
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