For those of us with deep-set or hooded eyes, eye makeup can be a major pain. I know it is for me. My eyes aren't particularly deep-set but they are hooded, meaning that when my eyes are open it's often hard to tell if I'm even wearing eye shadow because my eyelids almost entirely disappear. Mascara smudges on my brow bone and a thin line of eyeliner seems to take up my entire lid space when I open my eyes. Another struggle is using eyelash curlers. Contrary to what you might think, eyelash curlers are not a one-size-fits-all beauty product. I often have a hard time finding an eyelash curler that fits my eye shape properly without pinching and without missing the lashes in the outer corners of my eyes. For those with very deep-set and almond-shaped eyes, I imagine it's even harder.
I refuse to go without curled eyelashes since mine are naturally stick-straight, so I've spent a lot of time trying to angle my eyelash curler just right so that it would curl all of my lashes. It doesn't have to be this way though. Tweezerman recently came out with an eyelash curler that is made specifically for women with deep-set, almond-shaped, or hooded eyes: the first (and currently the only) of its kind. The ProMaster Lash Curler is designed to sit comfortably along the base of your entire lash line, gripping even the hardest to reach lashes without any pinching or discomfort. Intrigued, I knew I had to give it a test drive to see if this is the eyelash curler I've been searching for all these years.
I tested this lash curler out and took before and after shots along the way so you can see the actual results. But first, my thoughts on using the curler. I've had a few eyelash curlers that always managed to pinch my lids no matter what, that had the pad fall off immediately, or that didn't reach all of my lashes.
This curler, however, was easy to use right off the bat. It was comfortable to hold and didn't pinch at all. It fit along my entire lash line (a first!) and even managed to capture the lashes at the outer corners of my eyes. It seems really sturdy and well-made, although it does come with three replacement pads just in case.
At first it didn't seem like it was doing much, but then I realized I had to grip a little harder than I did with my old curler. A really firm pinch at the base of my lashes and another at the middle of my lashes did the trick.
Don't just take my word for it though. Here is what my eye lashes look like before curling them:
Like I said, they're stick-straight. It's very annoying, so that's why I never skip the crucial curling step before applying mascara.
Here is a comparison shot after I used the ProMaster Lash Curler. I curled the lashes on my right eye (pictured on the left below) and left the other eye alone so you can see the difference:
I'm not wearing any mascara in the picture above and my lashes naturally lighten at the tips, so the result may not appear to be very extreme. You can definitely see a difference though.
Then I went ahead and curled the lashes on the other eye and added one coat of mascara to both. Check out the final result:
BAM. Comparing this to the first photo, it looks like I went from having practically zero lashes to having lash extensions. Obviously my favorite mascara helped (it's Maybelline Full 'n' Soft Waterproof Mascara by the way) but I would never have been able to get this result without using this lash curler first. Notice specifically the fact that even the lashes in the outer corners are curled! I'm still very excited about that.
Finally, if your eyes are not particularly deep-set or hooded, don't worry. I've also tried the Tweezerman ProCurl Eyelash Curler (pictured below in gorgeous rose gold) and that one is pretty awesome too. It didn't work quite as perfectly for my eye shape as the ProMaster but it might be the right fit for you.
Remember, lash curlers are not one-size-fits-all. So if you've been having a hard time with yours it might be worth trying this one out! Thank me later when everyone asks if you got lash extensions.
Images: Kelly Dougher