Why I'll Never Use A Spring-Loaded Eyelash Curler

I have stick-straight eyelashes, so I like to curl them every single day. And up until last year, I didn't care what curler I used as long as they effectively pinched my lashes into an uplifted position. But then something happened that made me swear to never use a spring-loaded eyelash curler again. It's not like my eyelashes were ripped out or anything, but they very well could have been. Here's how it all went down.

I was curling my lashes like I always do: I started at the base and worked my way up. The left lashes went as usual, but when I went to pinch the base of my right lashes, the spring snapped. The clamps of the curler defiantly shut around my lashes in a manner where if I had let go, the curler would have either dangled from my lashes, or verily ripped them out. I'm just glad that my first squeeze was not too close to my lid, otherwise I would have had the eyelash-curler pinch of a lifetime. Well, suffice it to say, I have officially sworn off any curlers with a spring attached. That is one "what if" I would not risk again.

Of course, I don't mean to scare; simply warn. So if sudden, snapping movements near your eye are something you wish to avoid, or at least diminish the possibility of, I suggest investing in an eyelash curler that does not have a spring attached. Here are four great options:

1. Flat

Shiseido, $19, Amazon

This springless option has a wide, flat head to suit most eye shapes without pinching.

2. Round

e.l.f., $5, Amazon

For more rounded lids, this curler will help reach corner lashes.

3. Short

Shu Uemura, $16, Amazon

More easily grab every section of lashes with a shorter curler. The dual padding is especially great for safe use on false lashes.

4. Simple

Preo, $17, Amazon

Don't be fooled by the simplified silhouette. This curler will effectively pinch every lash into the perfect curl.

Because you should never have to worry about ripping out your eyelashes.

Images: Miki Hayes; Courtesy of Brands