Eyelash curlers are a little like
ugly skin-care products. They're not fun or sexy or something you'd style in an Instagram flat lay. They're clinical, intimidating, and often thrown to the back of your bathroom product graveyard. But pros will tell you that an eyelash curler is actually the most important tool in your arsenal — if you get the right one.
Curlers do more than make your eyelashes look good; they also draw the eye upward, instantly
brightening and lifting the face. You can ask any makeup artist or model: They make a huge difference.
That's why we asked pros for the ones they swear by — that never leave hairs straight, pinch lids, or break in a matter of months. Check out the all-stars in the slides ahead.
"Your eye shape should really determine the curler you're using [so] take the time to figure out which one is great for you. This one by Shiseido is flatter so it works for wide eyes but it also lifts and fans out lashes like no other.
"Oddly enough the flat shape lets me reach for the shortest, most stubborn lashes and gives them a solid curl. If you have rounder eyes, this one [might] miss your corner lashes but can adjust and curl again." — Andre Sarmiento, makeup artist Shiseido Eyelash Curler, $20, available at Ulta Beauty.
"I also have to give love to my Chella heated lash curler. I love to use it when people are too afraid of the 'medieval torture device' that are lash curlers — their words not mine. [There's] no clamping but [it's] just enough lift to brighten eyes. I [use] it throughout the day to pep up wilting lashes. It's also amazing when I'm using fake lashes to give them that extra lift that they can sometimes lose because of their weight." — Sarmiento
Chella Heated Eyelash Curler, $22, available at Chella.
"I've heard the legend of the Kevyn Aucoin curler for years, but I always wondered how different it could really be. After using it, though, I have to say: It really is exceptional. With others, I've had to clamp down a handful of times before all my lashes were curling in the same direction, at the same height. But this gets the job done in one clamp. It really does live up to the hype." — Sam Sasso, beauty editorial assistant
Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler, $21, available at Kevyn Aucoin.
"This tiny curler is almost completely flat, making it easy to grab short eyelashes or hard-to-reach areas, like the inner and outer corners, without pinching your lid in the process. Curlers like this are best suited for flatter eyelids." —
Elisa Flowers, makeup artist MAC Half Lash Curler, $24, available at MAC.
"Tweezerman Pro Master Lash Curler is amazing for almond and deep set eyes. [It] has a shorter distance between the handle and the top bar of the lash cage, making it easier to get into eyes with deep sockets. The curve on this cage [gives] a gorgeous curl." — Flowers
Tweezerman Pro Master Lash Curler, $22, available at Sephora.
"This curler from Tarte has the perfect amount of 'spring,' so it doesn't clamp too tightly, and the ideal curvature for my almond shaped eyes. It also comes with a mini tube of the brand's mascara, which is a great bonus." — Mi-Anne Chan, beauty writer
Tarte Picture Perfect Duo, $18, available at Sephora.
"There's a reason this tool is
the cult curler among L.A. makeup artists; it just works. There are never awkward bends, it never pinches, and it's no more expensive than the others. I have had mine for years and prefer it over any other I've tried. "The biggest problem, of course, is that it got pulled from U.S. shelves a while back. Luckily, you can still order it online on the Shu Uemura site. Oh, and there's one more issue: The brand doesn't sell replacement pads, however Shiseido's fit perfectly. Yes, this isn't the easiest way to a killer curl, but it's worth it." — Lexy Lebsack, senior beauty editor Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $21, available at Shu Uemura.
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