Best eyelash curler 2016

Unless you were blessed with naturally curly eyelashes, you need an eyelash curler to get that game-changing lift to your lashes. That said, as as grateful as we are that these magical tools exist, it’s important to note that even the best eyelash curlers won’t work on everyone’s lashes. This, we figured out, can be tied to your eye shape — and whether the curler adapts to it or not. In some cases, if your curler doesn’t align with the structure of your eye, you could end up damaging your lovely lashes — and we are not about to let that happen to any of you. Thus, to break down which curlers are best for what eye shape, we tapped celebrity makeup artists Andre Sarmiento and Troy Surratt for their expert insight on this obviously very pressing matter.

“I definitely carry more than one curler in my kit, and it’s simply because there are just so many eye shapes out in the world,” Andre says. “It can be some work to find it, but there’s a great lash curler out there for everyone.” Without further ado, check out their expert opinions on the best eyelash curlers according to each eye shape.

Eyelash Curler for Round, Wide Eyes: Kevyn Aucoin

While Andre is quick to note that Kevyn Aucoin]{: rel=nofollow} ’s curler is as close to universally useable as it gets, he says it’s particularly ideal for wide, round peepers. “It’s slightly rounded, but still has some flatness to it so that it works well on wider eyes, as well as rounder eyes,” he explains. While the price point may seem somewhat steep for a small metal tool, we can attest to this curler’s amazing lash-amping abilities.

Eyelash Curler for Almond Eyes: Tweezerman

If you have almond or deep-set eyes, then you know first-hand the struggle that is attempting to curl all your lashes at once — there’s always a few strays that escape, am I right? Well thanks to Tweezerman’s innovative ProMaster Lash Curler, which was specifically designed for almond and deep-set eye shapes, you can now seamlessly amp all your lashes at once with no issue. What makes it different? Its nifty thin top bar that creates an extra-wide opening to allow you to reach every last lash, sans any pinching.

Eyelash Curler for Big Eyes: Shiseido

“I love the Shiseido Eyelash Curler {: rel=nofollow} so much — it’s quite flat and wide and great for people with big eyes or long lash lines,” Andre says. “It also has amazing tension so the curl is strong with the first clamp,” he adds. It’s true: this curler uses a unique edgeless design that helps grab every single lash — even the baby ones — and provides optimum lift with one pinch.

Eyelash Curler for Round (but Not Deep-Set) Eyes: Sonia Kashuk

Andre explains that most high-end curlers tend to lean towards the Japanese tradition with wider and flatter shapes. Sonia Kashuk’s curler, on the other hand, is one of the few rounded curlers that live up to the high standards that people have for curlers, he added. “Some eyes are quite round and not deep set at all, so this curler really wraps around the eye and grabs all the lashes that sometimes flatter curlers can miss,” he explains. In other words, if you have really round eyes, give this one a go. Bonus points for being under $10!

Eyelash Curler for Small, Deep-Set Eyes: Shu Uemura

When it comes to lash curlers, Shu Uemura is known for being the end-all-be-all, so it’s no surprise that the brands’ innovatively s-shaped curler made the list. “I think this curler is pretty genius some eyes are very deep set and small, so it can be almost impossible to grab all the lashes with a traditional cage curler,” said Andre. “This one allows you to reach every lash, section by section, so even the smallest eyes can benefit from lifted lashes,” he explained. See: There’s an eyelash curler out there for everybody.

The Best Eyelash Curler that Fits Every Eye Shape: Troy Surratt

There are few curlers that truly work for every eye shape out there, but Troy Surratt’s is chief amongst them. When designing his Relevée curler — which has quickly achieved cult status — Troy’s main goal was to create a lash-plumping tool that would fit the arc of the eyelid seamlessly with absolutely no pinching or pulling of the lashes. “The arc of my eyelash curler is about one third less U-shaped than traditional curlers, so there’s a softer curvature which fits across the eye more comfortably,” Troy says. Think perfectly-lifted lashes (that last for hours!) every single time.

How to Use an Eyelash Curler

Now that you’ve figured out what eyelash curler works best on your eyes, here’s a simple four-step guide on how to use an eyelash curler (without pinching your eyelid or pulling your lashes!).

1. Start with Clean, Dry Eyelashes

Make sure your eyelashes are mascara-free and dry to get the best result.

2. Line Up the Curler and Gently Clamp

Carefully line up the eyelash curler with your upper lash line. Slowly and gently clamp down on your lashes. There’s no need to press to hard. Slight pressure is enough to curl the lashes. If you press too hard, you risk breaking a lash!

3. Hold for Ten Seconds

Without changing the pressure or moving your hand, leave the curler pressed down while you count to ten.

4. Repeat as Necessary

Remove the curler and take a look at your lashes. If one spot is not to your liking, repeat until steps one and two until you’ve achieved a full curl.

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The 10 Best Eyelash Curlers, According to Hyper-Enthusiastic Reviewers (and Kim Kardashian)

Consider the eyelash curler. Sure, the metal-jawed contraption looks kind of like something you’d find on an OB-GYN’s surgical tray — cold, intimidating, metallic, clinical. But in actuality, it’s the cornerstone of any well thought-out beauty routine. That 30-second lash crimp is to your face what espresso is to the fogged mind. One press and a quality curler perks up drooping lashes instantly, lifting and brightening your whole visage.

It’s truly a universal tool. With the right eyelash curler, those of the no-makeup makeup school of thought can achieve a soft, natural curl — no potentially clumpy or runny mascara necessary. Meanwhile, fans of the Instagram makeup lewk can — and know to — use curlers as precursors to lash primer. On top of that, curlers make handy false eyelash applicators. They meld the real with the faux and lend both some added lift. All this to say, you need one.

Having trouble tracking down the best eyelash curler for your eye shape, lash length or simply your budget? We’ve got you covered. Click through the slideshow above to shop 10 of the absolute best eyelash curlers on the market, as vehemently asserted by beauty insiders (including one Kim Kardashian). Note: said assertions have been edited and condensed for clarity.

And once you’ve found your Holy Grail of eyelash curlers, check out the YouTube video below, wherein beauty vlogger NikkieTutorials demonstrates the best way to use the tool. (Hint: heat is involved.)

There are few beauty tools that are as immediately effective as an eyelash curler. Skin care is a long-term investment, and beauty products are hit or miss, but an eyelash curler makes a huge difference instantly. My long-but-poker-straight eyelashes are barely visible when I look head-on in the mirror, but an eyelash curler changes everything, lifting my lashes and making my eyes look so much wider and more awake than a solid eight hours ever could.

Not all eyelash curlers are created equally, however. Some will give you crimped lashes or an unflattering right-angle bend instead of the natural, glamorous-looking swoop we all crave. That’s why the Good Housekeeping Institute rounded up the best eyelash curlers on the market that will effortlessly curl lashes and widen eyes, no matter your eye shape or lash length.

“There are few things I look for in the perfect eyelash curler,” says Patrick Ta, celebrity makeup artist and creator of the eponymous makeup line. “A wide opening to reach every lash, a curler that sits comfortably on my almond shaped clients lash lines, and durability.” Before we show you the amazing tools that fit the bill, here’s everything you need to know about eyelash curlers:

Are eyelash curlers damaging?

“Lash curlers, when used correctly, aren’t damaging,” says Katey Denno, celebrity makeup artist. “A slight tug feeling on your lash roots is normal; pain is not.” Be sure to keep your hand still when curling as to not pull out lashes, and clean your curler with alcohol between uses. Our experts recommend using an eyelash curler before applying mascara, since mascara can stick to the tool, putting your eyelashes at a higher risk of getting stuck, pulled, or broken.

How often should you replace your eyelash curler?

“The pad must be changed after 6 months with daily use,” says Denno. Otherwise, the pad can lose its density or gain a ridge from repeated use that will make the curler less effective.

How to use an eyelash curler

  1. Make sure the curler is clean. “You must clean with alcohol and let it dry thoroughly,” says Denno. Otherwise, bacteria or old mascara can build up on the tool.
  2. Curl the entire length of your lashes. Don’t just clamp in one spot and move on: “For extreme curl, I like starting at the root and continuing to curl upwards towards the tips of the lashes,” says Ta. “It gives you the perfect lift!”
  3. Give outer lashes some extra lift. Denno’s IG-famous trick for perfectly-curled lashes? “I like to pull the lash curler out a little bit, turning my wrist and the curler towards my nose and clamping again making sure the outer edges of the lash line get a secondary curl to get them up higher.”
  4. Apply mascara. Like hairspray to a curling iron, mascara will lock in the curl. If you notice the curl falling after your mascara has fully dried, you can carefully, gently clamp the curler on your coated lashes: just be careful, since mascara will stick to the tool.

Below are the best eyelash curlers on the market, from editors’ picks to reviewer favorites to top-tested tools from our Beauty Lab tests:


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