Using an eyelash comb or a clean mascara wand, comb your eyelashes so that there are no tangles. Open the eyelash curler and fit your upper eyelashes between the pads. You want to get as close to the base of your lashes as you can without pinching your skin. The key is to go slowly and gently until you get a feel for it. Slowly close the pads around your lashes and squeeze the curler for a few seconds. Don’t squeeze too hard or for too long or you’ll get a sharp dent in your lashes. If this happens you can squeeze your lashes in between your thumb and your forefinger – the heat from your skin will soften the curl. Also, you can angle the curler so the bottom moves away from your face. This creates a more pronounced curl. Move the curler along your lashes gradually, squeezing as you go. You want a soft, gradual curl. Comb through your lashes again before you apply mascara.