Do You Curl Eyelashes Before or After Mascara?

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There are several products made to amp up your eyelashes. Which ones do you use? If you’re like most people, you tend to use either mascara or an eyelash curler. Some may add fake lashes to that mix.

To create that extra glam factor, you might need to combine the use of mascara and an eyelash curler. Do you curl eyelashes before or after mascara?

To answer that briefly, you should always curl your eyelashes before applying mascara. That will prevent you from potentially ripping off your eyelashes.


Apart from ripping off your eyelashes, there are other unwanted results that could occur when you apply mascara before you curl your lashes.

We’ll tell you more about that below. Plus, we’ll also guide you on what to do in case you are using fake lashes as well. 


Do You Curl Eyelashes Before or After Mascara?

The way you put on your makeup is personal.

If you want to put your eyeshadow first before your foundation, then you can do so.

Similarly, using mascara can be done before or after curling. However, it would be best to do it after using your eyelash curler for the following reasons:

Avoid Ripping Your Eyelashes Off

Eyelash Curler

What’s your purpose for using a mascara or an eyelash curler ? We all use these tools to make our eyelashes more visible.

The eyelash curler and the mascara do that in different ways. 

The eyelash curler (whether it be a regular or heated curler) can make your eyelashes more visible by crimping them upwards. The curl it produces makes the lashes more dramatic because they look opened up. 

On the other hand, mascara can make your eyelashes visible by coating them with lengthening  or volumizing  products. Even if the mascara only makes your eyelashes look darker , that will still make the lashes more visible. 

By combining both products, you can achieve a wonderful effect. However, getting the sequence wrong can lead to horrendous results such as ripping your eyelashes off.

That’s the last thing you’d ever want to happen. 

Mascara sticks to your eyelashes. Even when it is dry, using an eyelash curler on it can make your eyelashes stick to the curler. There is a risk of pulling the eyelashes out because they stick to the curler. 

Instead, use the mascara to set the curl created by the eyelash curler. Apply it only after curling.

However, if you apply too much or if the product is too heavy, the effects of the curler could be canceled. 

Prevent Clumping And Bent Appearance

When you use the eyelash curler on your bare eyelashes, it produces a lovely curl. However, if you use it on eyelashes with mascara, you could end up with a bent look instead of a curl.

That’s due to the stickiness of the mascara. 

Additionally, some of the mascara can stick on the curler or stick to the other parts of the lashes and make it look clumpy.

Instead of coating your eyelashes evenly, curling it after applying mascara makes them stick together. 

What To Do When Using Fake Lashes Too

Whether you are using fake lashes or not, it would still be best to curl your lashes before applying mascara.

Some people may advise you not to use mascara on your fake lashes. They already look thick and long enough so you don’t really need mascara.  

Others may simply use a thin coat of mascara just to blend the natural lashes with the fake lashes. Some even skip curling their lashes when they are using fake lashes.

However, if you want to combine all three, the sequence should be:

  1. Curl your lashes
  2. Place false lashes
  3. Apply a thin coat of mascara

Final Thoughts

Products for the eyelashes are meant to enhance them. However, if you do not use them properly or in the right sequence, you could risk damaging your eyelashes (and your pride). 

Prevent that from happening by curling your eyelashes before applying mascara. That stops the sticky eyelashes from fusing to the eyelash curler then accidentally getting ripped off.

Apart from that, you could also end up with clumpy eyelashes if you use the mascara before the curler. 

If you are adding fake lashes to eyelash products you are using, then it would be best to curl your lashes, apply the fake lashes, and then use mascara.

Just make sure you don’t apply too much but just enough to help your natural eyelashes blend with the fake ones. 

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Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).