April 2nd, 2014
Next in our comprehensive toolkit round-up comes the secret weapon for brighter eyes: the humble eyelash curler. Overlooked by many laymen as unnecessary, MUAs know that these little contraptions instantly make eyes look more awake and help give mascara the extra oomph from flat to fab. Warpaint rounds up the best lifters around.
Starting with the basics, one cheap and cheerful offering which satisfies more people than you would expect is the e.l.f Eyelash Curler (£3.95). Great for those who are a tad sceptical or want to keep a back-up set to throw in their kit, these curlers are simple but effective. Also on offer from e.l.f are the Mini Eyelash Curlers (£3.95) which can reach even the tiniest of lashes.
The Lash Curler by Mister Mascara (£6.50) may not be as well-known as other curlers, but these spring-loaded beauties have achieved underground cult status by those in the know. Coming in at under £10, with six spare lash pads, these are not only excellent value for money, they also put just the right amount of pressure on the lash without any uncomfortable pulling or dragging.
Trusted brand Tweezerman have turned their hand at creating a pair of curlers as good as their infamous tweezers, and they’ve created something pretty special with the Tweezerman Deluxe Eyelash Curler (£14). The difference here is the thick, rounded non-stick silicone pad, which helps to create a truly intense curl, without any awkward creasing or crimping effect. They’re also easily available from Boots, which is a bonus.
Great for people with small eyes or shorter lashes, the MAC Half Lash Curler (£12.50) allows for great precision. A demi-version of the full MAC Lash Curler, it has been designed to help curl the shorter, more inaccessible lashes at the corners of the eye.
If you suffer from seemingly uncurlable lashes, your prayers may have been answered in the form of the Koji Curving Eyelash Curler ($6.95 from this seller). According to Koji, this has been tested on thousands of Japanese women to develop the unusually curved cage of the curler, as well the longer frame. This allows the curlers to get closer to your face, and also create a stunning fan-like effect. They’re not the easiest to get hold of – you’ll have to resort to shipping these via Amazon or eBay.
Last but not least, we have what most MUAs believe to be the Holy Grail of eyelash curlers: the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (£20). These iconic curlers have found their way into everyone’s make-up kits with their perfected design and patented engineering to put the perfect amount of pressure on the lashes. Ergonomic and with eye-poppingly good results, these are always a pleasure to use. Also creating a bit of a stir is the newest incarnation, the Shu Uemura S Curler (£20). Small, sleek and super-precise, these curlers might not be able to do your whole lashline in one go, but they offer unparalleled control over the curl along the length.