Heated Lash Curlers: Gimmick or Must-Have?

Photographed by Sunny Shokrae.
Okay, we’ll admit it. We’re among the terrified few who shy away from the metal loops of lash curlers, certain we’ll rip out all our eyelashes or crimp our eyelids. Still, we know there has to be something to the appliance — why else would generations upon generations of beauty experts allow a tiny, metal guillotine so close to their eyes?
For the less-than-graceful, though, we’ve got a solution: heated lash curlers. As it turns out, these little gadgets are totally safe and easy. And, they really lock the curl in. You can get closer to the root without fear of lid-pinching, and they’re fine to use over dry mascara for an eye-opening, midday refresh.
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Click through for our rundown of the best heated lash curlers for various lash types.
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Photo: Via Blinc.
Fastest Heat: Blinc Heated Lash Curler

This is an excellent, quick-draw option for touching up before happy hour. There’s a red indicator strip that turns yellow when it’s fully heated, and the wand heats up almost immediately. What is this magic technology, and how can we harness it for hair products?
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Photo: Via Talika.
Fanciest: Talika Heated Eyelash Curler

Just look at this beauty — très Jetsons! It may look metal, but it’s actually lightweight plastic and heat-sensitive silicone that changes from orange to white when it’s ready to curl. (Neat!) it requires two batteries — but they’re included, which makes this a great gift. It’s modeled after guillotine-esque originals, but the wide curve and non-metal body keep it from being too intimidating.
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Photo: Via Ardell.
Best Value: Ardell Heated Lash Curler

It may not win any beauty pageants — and it’s got a kind of scary shape — but you can’t beat the price. Gently pump the clamp as you work through to the ends of lashes for the most natural curl.
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Photo: Via Japonesque.
Best Comb: Japonesque Heated Mini Eyelash Curler

A cult classic for a reason. It lasts forever, gives a great curve, and can double as a lash comb, thanks to the deep, well-spaced grooves on the head. (You can never have too many lash combs. They are the way and the truth.)
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Photo: Via Chella Skin Care.
Best Curl: Chella Skin Care Heated Eyelash Curler

Definitely our favorite of the bunch. The body is comfortable and has a luxurious weight to it, while the slightly wider head allows for faster curling. It’s a subtle, realistic effect — no L-shaped lashes with this bad boy.
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