an eyelash curler is an essential tool in your makeup kit. there is no other eyelash curler i recommend more than the Shu Uemura eyelash curler (you can read my review here). curling your lashes doesn't hurt, and the results are immediate. if your eyelashes are anything like mine, which grow straight forward, it will literally "open" your eyes.
for instruction on how to appropriately apply your mascara, you can check out my video here: