primers, setting sprays, or ugly skin-care products, eyelash curlers don't get a lot of love. They offer no pigment or color payoff and they're scarily clinical, thus usually hidden in the bottom corner of our makeup bags. But pros tell us that the eyelash curler is one of the most overlooked makeup tools in our arsenal. Curlers can actually make a huge difference in the look of our lashes, drawing the eye upward and creating length and volume, without adding six coats of mascara — that is, if we use the right one.
So we consulted the Sephora best-seller lists
and asked a few pros which ones they swear by — that never pinch the lids, leave lashes limp and flat, or break after a few uses.
Read on to find the best eyelash curlers on the market. Because if you're going to buy a not-so-sexy product, it sure as hell better work.
“This lash curler can work with any shape of eye. It curls the lashes perfectly with no crimp — just a beautiful, natural curl along the full length of the lash. Plus, it's comfortable to use. It doesn't 'ouch' the user.” —
Rebecca Restrepo, makeup artist Surratt Relevée Lash Curler, $25.00, available at Barneys New York.
"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.
"This eyelash curler from Tweezerman is gentle and easy to use. It comes with extra rubber cushion padding replacements, so you don't need to throw away the whole thing after a few months. And as far as eyelash curlers go, the rose gold color makes it a little less boring... for an eyelash curler." —Megan Decker, beauty production assistant
Tweezerman ProCurl Eyelash 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 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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