When I was little I was absolutely terrified of eyelash curlers. They looked so much like a torture device whenever I saw my mom using them; why would she want to clamp some metal thing to her eye? I vowed I’d never use one when I got older.
Over fifteen years later and to be honest, these tools still freak me out a little. But what’s the truth on eyelash curlers. Do they really work, or can they just harm your eyelashes? What’s the best technique? Learn the answers to these questions and more, then let us know in the comments if you like curling your lashes or not.
An eyelash curler is a small, normally metal tool that does exactly what it’s named for: it curls your eyelashes. These tools almost look a little bit like scissors with two holes for your fingers, but instead of blades, the end feature a clamp-like mechanism. One simply places threads the eyelashes in between the two plastic pads and squeezes the tool to bring the clamps down. This is supposed to create a more curled eyelash if done correctly.
Some beauty addicts have to wonder, though: do eyelash curlers cause more harm than good? Pressing down on the fine lashes with a metal clamp seems like it could cause breakage or weakening, especially if you use a heated curler, but on the other hand, thousands of women curl their lashes every day and don’t notice any difference. Sadly, there is no clear cut answer to this question. If your considering curling your eyelashes, make sure you pay close attention to your lashes’ long-term appearance. If you notice any damage, stop curling right away.
Another way to avoid damage? Make sure you’ve got the perfect technique. First, don’t curl your lashes while you’re wearing mascara; not only could this cause pulling “ the mascara could make lashes stick to the curler – but it will also add more bacteria to your curler, a tool a lot of us probably don’t think to clean very often. You don’t want an eye infection. Next, put your forefinger and thumb through the finger holes and gently guide your eyelashes through the gap between the two clamps. Lightly rest the top metal band of the top clamp against your eyelid. Squeeze your two fingers together and hold in place for about 15 to 30 seconds. If it starts to hurt, you’re applying too much pressure. Repeat for the other eye.
Need recommendations of what kind of curler to try? Luckily there are tons of options. If you want to go the drugstore route, a lot of MuT members agree that E.L.F’s curler works great, and it’s only a dollar. Plus, the finger holds have plastic grips, so you don’t have to worry about shaky hands pulling out some lashes. If you’d rather try a higher-end brand, test out Shu Uemura’s curler. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but is incredibly versatile, fitting most eyeshades, and lasts a long time if properly cared for.
E.L.F Mechanical Eyelash Curler
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Written by Courtney Brown