Eyelash Perming Instructions

Updated April 17, 2017

One of the biggest beauty problems that women have is not being able to achieve that lush curl in the eyelashes. Eyelash curlers and double coats of mascara have been the most used technique but many are trying something rather new. Eyelash perms are becoming quite popular and in a very short time eyelashes can be permed just like the hair on the head.

Purchase an eyelash perming kit at a local beauty supply or drug store. These are kits made special for eyelashes. Purchase the curling rods at the same time as they are not included in most standard perming kits. Decide on the size of rod that you will use depending on the size and type of curl that you desire. Small rods are best for people with short eyelashes and large rods are best for those with long eyelashes.

Read the instructions that come with your perming kit thoroughly. The rods will already have glue on them when you buy them so take this into consideration and wear protective gloves before you begin.

Remove all make-up and take out any contact lenses before you begin the process. Be sure to use an oil free make-up remover and then allow your face to dry completely before you start.

Soak several cotton balls in warm water and then squeeze them out so they are just damp. Use these to wipe away any leakage that may occur.

Bend the rod to fit the eyelash. Apply some of the glue that comes with the perming kit to the base of the lashes.

Position the roller on the eyelashes. Carefully, make sure that the lashes do not overlap and that they are straight. Use the wood applicator that comes with the perming kit to add a bit more glue to the roller.

Use another applicator stick to apply a little drop of the perm solution on the eyelashes. This is the solution that comes with the kit.

Remove any excess solution with the damp cotton balls. Just be sure that all lashes are covered.

Leave the solution on for up to 15 minutes.

Remove the rods and clean the skin around the eyes with cotton balls.

Apply the nourishing cream that comes with the kit and leave it on for about 5 minutes.

Wipe the nourishing cream away thoroughly with water.

Moisturise the skin.


It is a good idea to give this technique a bit of practice before applying any solutions.


If any of the solution gets in the eyes flush it with cool water immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • Eyelash perming kit
  • Curling rods
  • Protective gloves
  • Oil free make-up remover
  • Several cotton balls
  • Warm water
  • Perming glue
  • Moisturiser
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Cheryl Hinneburg has been a freelance writer for five years. In addition to the regular clients that she works for, Hinneburg also writes regularly for Demand Studios and Associated Content, and is a provider for eLance. She is an award-winning poet and is currently working on a Master of Science with a certificate in substance abuse counseling at Capella University.