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What if we told you there was a simple way for you to get lasting curled lashes in just 10 seconds? And all you needed was a Q-tip and one other everyday item you definitely have in your house? You’d be in, right?

Sounds like the intro to an advertisement for an all-new, revolutionary beauty trend. That is, until you find out that “other everyday item” is an open flame. Now that’s something we’re not sure we’re quite ready to incorporate into our beauty routine.

The quick-and-dirty fix that involves heating a cotton Q-tip over an open flame for a few seconds comes from Korea, where professionals in the beauty industry found themselves turning to the rudimentary, if highly effective, means of keeping the naturally straight lashes of Korean women curled. The trick, too good to be kept secret, quickly spread online, with bloggers and vloggers sharing the strategy.

The process is relatively simple. (We’d expect, however, that it’s relatively simple for it to go terribly wrong, too, so try it at your own risk.) First, gather a cotton or wooden Q-tip (never plastic), a lighter, an eyelash curler and some mascara.

Start by curling your lashes and then applying mascara as you normally would. No problem so far.

Next, snap off the cotton end of the Q-tip and wave the stick part over the flame of the lighter for about five seconds, or until it’s warm. You can check the temperature on your hand…because a burnt hand is better than melted eyelashes.

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Now, simply apply the warm Q-tip on the outside of the lashes from the eyelid to the tip. Repeat several times.

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Then, to finish it off, apply another layer of mascara. And bam! If your eyelashes are still attached to your face and not in a crispy, burnt pile on the floor, then they’re probably beautifully curled.

Apparently, you can also use chopsticks.

Still, the open flame part has us seriously nervous. Couldn’t we just microwave the q-tip?