Since most eyelash curlers look like a torture device from the Middle Ages, it's no surprise many people tend to skip this step in their makeup routine. But the best eyelash curlers actually make a huge difference in mascara application — and, if you're someone who prefers not to wear makeup, pumping up eyelashes with a curler is a fantastic way to achieve an all-day curl without mascara.
Whether you prefer a dramatic smoky eye or bare-faced look, incorporating an eyelash curler is a great way to round out your eye makeup. The curler lifts your eyelashes up and away from the eye, producing a brightening and lengthening effect.
Of course, just like any other product, eyelash curlers are not all created equal. It's important to find an eyelash curler that suits your eye shape and won't pinch the delicate upper skin of your eye lid. The tool should also apply light, even pressure with a grip that holds without ripping out lash hairs. The most important criteria is finding a tool you feel comfortable using — especially considering how close it comes to the eyes.
So if you're ready to take the leap and want to try out a new step in your beauty routine, or simply need an upgrade from the current model you're using (they do need to be replaced quite often, otherwise you'll risk damage to your lashes), you're bound to find an eyelash curler that suits your needs below.
1. The Eyelash Curler With A Cult Following
A cult classic, Shu Uemura's famed eyelash curler regularly earns the title of an editor's favorite pick. It's built with an upgraded silicone pad and a "mushroom" shape that keeps lashes in place during curling and also protects from pulling. The curved angle of the tool suits all eye shapes, while a patented hinge applies the perfect amount of pressure. One reviewer raved, "WOW, the reviews are NOT wrong. This little gem is amazing. Its so unassuming looking. You have no idea the magic your lashes have in store when you curl with this. I have no idea what makes it amazing or why but I will never change to any other curler again."
2. The Eyelash Curler That Heats And Cools
Unlike other heated curlers, Emay's Air-lash brush blows both warm and cold air to cater to every eyelash need. The warm air helps curl eyelashes and dry mascara, while the cold air is ideal to use on eyelash extensions or to dry falsies. The lipstick-shaped tool comes with a double-sided antibacterial silicone brush, which combs hairs and helps adjust lashes during use. It features an auto on-off function and the re-chargeable battery lasts up to five hours.
3. The Eyelash Curler That's Perfect For Travel
Forget the rule that says you should only curl lashes before applying mascara — Japonesque's compact eyelash curler is designed for use both before and after. The curler's easy-to-use easel flips down as leverage to create a long-lasting curl, while the open cage design guarantees you won't pinch outer hairs. Tiny enough to fit in your purse and weighing just over an ounce, this is the perfect curler to keep in your purse. And there's a little bonus: Not only is an extra pad tucked inside the eyelash curler, but Japonesque also offers free lash pad refills for the curler's lifetime.
4. The Eyelash Curler With A Built-In Comb
Comb and curl your lashes in one easy swoop with the Long & Lucious professional eyelash curler. Made from carbon steel, this curler features a spring-loaded hinge that regulates pressure across eyelashes along with an ergonomically designed handle. But the standout part of this tool is the built-in comb, which separates lashes and prevents them from overlapping.
5. The Eyelash Curler For Deep-Set Eyes
This Bustle-approved eyelash curler, which was made specifically for those with hooded and almond-shaped eyes, received rave reviews from one writer who could never find a tool that worked comfortably with her eye shape. “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,” she wrote. “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!”
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