To the uninitiated, an eyelash curler looks like a medieval torture device. But it's your best friend if you're serious about lengthening and volumizing your lashes without resorting to falsies or extensions.
Eyelash curlers have two handles, similar to a pair of scissors, and feature a curved clamp on the end. The handles are used to hold and release your eyelashes in the clamp until curled.
The best eyelash curlers feature a padded metal clamp that bends your lashes up and fans them out so that they look longer and your eyes bigger for a bright-eyed look. You can wear your freshly crimped lashes bare or follow up with a coat of mascara.
Made in Japan, the Shu Uemura eyelash curler is a cult favorite for quick results, typically getting your lashes curled in one go. It costs $14-$26, depending on the model and retailer.
This popular eyelash curler comes with a replacement silicone pad and gently curls your lashes without crimping or pinching. It sets the bar high for eyelash curlers, if not setting the standard.
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This Japanese-made curler is for people with stubborn, straight lashes that don't take well to eyelash curlers. The Shiseido curler is a favorite for people with smaller and almond-shaped eyes.
It costs $23 and can be bought both online and in some stores.
This Japanese-made eyelash curler is a global sensation due to its dramatic results to lift and curl even short, stubborn eyelashes. Use it every morning for a bright-eyed look.
Cost isn't a deciding factor between the Shu Uemura and Shiseido curler. They both cost about $23. However, the Shu Uemura can only be purchased online.
The Shiseido curler is a better choice for smaller eyes, straight lashes or almond-shaped eyes. The Shu Uemura curler is a better choice for wider eyes, longer lashes or round-shaped eyes.
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