14/08/2014 12:46 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Curling Eyelashes With Fire: The Latest Crazy Beauty Trend?

It's amazing what girls will do to get long lashes. The latest trend? It puts regular curling tools to shame.

Close up of womans eye

The New York Times Magazine's The Cut recently found out how Korean makeup artists curl eyelashes with fire (yes, really.)

The Cut's writer Kathleen Hou spoke to Cindy Kim, co-founder of the Korean beauty store Peach and Lily, about the potentially very dangerous technique. "They use a thing like a pointy kebab stick," Kim revealed.

But what's the benefit? Korean makeup artists E.J. Kim explained how this method "creates a more natural curl than a heated eyelash curler and it lasts longer."

Kim also demonstrated exactly how she curls lashes using a set of matches and a pointy stick.

She starts by heating the tip with a match for just a few seconds. She then lets the tip cool down and tests the temperature on her hand before putting it anywhere near an eye. (Note: this part is very important.)

Using the cooled stick, Kim makes "small, delicate zig-zagging motions upward with the heated tip," and perfects her fluttery look with a coat of her favourite mascara.

It's not quite as scary as it sounds, but still, do be careful if you want to try this at home and watch the full step-by-step guide here.

Alternatively, you could try using one of these not-so-hazardous mascaras...

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