It's super easy to ruin your lashes with an eyelash curler

Nov 17, 2015 at 11:55 p.m. ET
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Miley Cyrus reveals a lot on her Instagram account, but one of her recent posts had us wincing in pain.

The "Wrecking Ball" singer showed off a clump of short eyelashes and blamed her eyelash curler for the impromptu cut.

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The caption expresses her, uh, frustration with her situation. We feel you, Miley.

Yes, that little contraption that helps give you perfectly curled lashes can actually spell danger for those fragile hairs if you aren't careful. The biggest problem? If you use your curler after you apply mascara and don't clean off the excess afterward, it can stick to your lashes the next time you use the curler and create a sticky bond that can rip out chunks of lashes.

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Ouch.

Luckily, it's super simple to keep this from happening. First, clean off the excess mascara each time you use your eyelash curler. Also, replace the cushion (the part that actually curls your lashes) on a semi-regular basis.

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It's also a good idea to make your lashes stronger by using a primer before you add mascara. One such primer — Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer — is made with protective panthenol and conditioning vitamin E to both condition and strengthen.

Oh, and a good mascara isn't a bad idea, either. Just call it an investment in your beauty future.

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