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According to makeup artist Larry Yeo, getting straight eyelashes to remain curled up all day is dependent on several factors:

1) How naturally curled your eyelashes are
2) How teary your eyes tend to be
3) How oily your eyelids can get
4) The amount of humidity you are exposed to throughout the day

Straighter-Than-Straight Lashes

If your eyelashes are naturally super straight, you will find it an uphill struggle to keep lashes curled up due to how the lash grows along the lash line and also how stiff your lashes are.

With ultra-straight lashes, I will suggest you use a standard, mechanical eyelash curler. My absolute favourite has been Jill Stuart Eye Lash Curler (available in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan). In essence, its perfect curled arc worked even for my shortest lash that points 45 degrees towards the floor.

Of Teary Eyes and Oily Lids

 If you have sinus problems or tend to have watery eyes, coupled with a slight blockage in the tear ducts (which means most of the time, tears don’t get drain away), or that your eyelids are always oily or you have eyelids that fold packed to each other (read: smaller, double eyelids or hidden double eyelids), you would find that tears and oil tend to gather on the creases of your eyelids.

As the eyelashes pick up your tears and sebum, it also means that most mascaras won’t last on your lashes. 

The mixture of tears and sebum can cause the mascara to smudge, and the eyelashes to straighten out. 

If your eyelashes are naturally super straight, you will find it an uphill struggle to keep lashes curled up due to how the lash grows along the lash line and also how stiff your lashes are

If this is the case for you, you should use solid, film-forming mascaras. After application, the mascara should wrap around each lash with a full film of mascara formula.

Most of the time, your eyelashes would feel slightly stiffer when the mascara has dried and set, and more watery – and not waxy – when freshly taken from the tube. 

For this, you can check out the waterproof mascaras such as these: Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara, Dolly Wink Volume Black Mascara, Clinique Lash Power Curling Mascara Long Wearing Formula and Maybelline Volume Express Hypercur Mascara Black.

Before applying mascara, be sure to dab away excess product on a clean piece of tissue paper to avoid mascara overload.

Combat Humidity With Heat

If you are always on the go or live in a constantly humid environment, the curl of your lashes will be affected too. The humidity tends to rehydrate and add more moisture to the lashes, causing it to straighten out. 

To help combat this, you can use a heated eyelash curler like Touchbeauty 360 Heated Eyelash Curler.

Just switch it on, follow instructions and your eyelash curl is revived! Heated curlers are also best used before you apply mascara. Here’s what you should do: Skip the mechanical eyelash curler and apply mascara directly on uncurled lashes. Then press the heated lash curler against your lashes to create beautiful curls. 

About Larry Yeo
With his academic background in biotechnology and cosmetics science, and a genuine passion for educating women about the correct makeup techniques, makeup guru Larry Yeo is the person to go to for beauty tips and tricks. The award-winning makeup artist has worked on the retail floor at Clinique and M.A.C, created amazing looks for magazine editorials, and fashion week – both in Singapore, Paris and New York, worked with celebrities, and trained beauty consultants.

This story was adapted from Her World.