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The 9 Best Eyelash Curlers

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I’ve curled my lashes every day since I was 12. My lashes are stick-straight, so even more than Blue Bottle coffee or matcha, I depend on eyelash curlers to make me look more awake and open up my eye area. And since I’ve been doing this for decades, I’ve tried many, many eyelash curlers. Below are my nine picks for the best eyelash curlers out there, including fancy ones, drugstore ones, the ones you can buy at Sephora, and the ones makeup artists are obsessed with. Read on for them all, including the one that I’ve been using for three years straight.

The Best Eyelash Curler If You’ve Never Used One Before

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

For so long, this one was my favorite. My major pain point with most curlers is that they give my lashes an unnatural 90-degree angle, instead of a smooth swoop. This one creates a good curve, though, and for years I used it regularly and even gifted them to my friends. It’s a perfect starter lash curler — my only caveat is that my friends with wider or bigger eyes reported that the eye bed (the part you press up against your eye socket) wasn’t very comfortable.

The Dependable Backup

KEVYN AUCOIN The Eyelash Curler

This one is often loved by makeup artists because its eye bed is slightly wider and less round, so it works better on a variety of eye shapes. It also “opens” a little wider, which makes it more comfortable to use. It feels very similar to the Shu Uemura curler which can be hard to find, and you can also find it in more stores, which is a huge plus. If you can’t find the Shu, this is a good backup.

The Best Affordable Eyelash Curler

TWEEZERMAN Classic Lash Curler

The best part about Tweezerman’s extensive line of curlers is that they’re all affordably priced and work just as well as the pricier ones. I find that the curl doesn’t hold quite as long when I use a Tweezerman, but it’s what some might consider to be a negligible difference of a couple hours.

The Best Eyelash Curler at Sephora

SHISEIDO Eyelash Curler

Beauty obsessives widely consider this and Kevyn Aucoin’s to be the closest dupes to the Shu Uemura one. This one has over 1,000 nearly five-star reviews on Sephora. Strategist writer Rio Viera-Newton likes this one too.

The One That Gives Your Lashes a Perm

Chella Skin Care Heated Eyelash Curler

Heated lash curlers, as scary as they sound, do hold curl for longer. This is one of the highest ranked ones online, and it’s easy to use — it doesn’t become unbearably hot. You gently press it against the middle of your lash to give yourself a lash lift. If you have tried a gazillion eyelash curlers and nothing has worked, a heated one is a game-changer.

The One You Can Charge By USB

Lash Star Heated Styler

This curler works very similar to the Chella one mentioned above, except that you can actually charge it by USB. It’s pretty genius, sort of like if Amazon were to invent an eyelash curler (which they most likely already have and you can probably Prime it sometime next year).

A Classic Lancome Option

LANCÔME Eyelash Curler

I honestly have no complaints about this one. It doesn’t yank or tug at my lashes and the curl holds up pretty well. My only improvement point is that it could be a little better at grabbing my teeny, tiny baby lashes in the corners of my eye but that’s honestly nitpicking.

The One for Teeny-Tiny Lashes

Lash Star Individual Lash Curler

This tool looks like it would yank out your lashes, rather than curl them. But its pincer-like shape actually ensures it reaches those pesky teeny-tiny lashes that a wider eyelash curler wouldn’t be able to grab. If you are determined to curl every single lash, try this. I used this for the lashes close to my tear duct, which remain stubbornly short. Clamping them gently at the base easily lifted them into a pretty, rounded curl that lasted all day so that my eye looked bigger and more open. Just make sure you don’t use the curler upside down. The pink curved section should go on the bottom.

My Personal Favorite

SURRATT BEAUTY Relevée Lash Curler

In my heart, I knew this would be the best curler. Unlike other curlers that I’ve tested out which pinch or prod or secretly yank an eyelash out when I’m not paying attention, this curler feels like a hug. The eye bed is formulated so that it delivers a gentle swoop of curl, and the pad (the slim strip of cushion you see when the curler is open) is so cushion-y that it feels like my lashes are resting on their own special pillow. Notably, even the handle of the curler is different — it’s double-barreled, which is like a fail-safe that prevents you from over-squeezing or crimping your lashes. Don’t just take my word for it. One of my other colleagues tried it after hearing me rave about it and simply said, “I feel supported.”

This article was originally published May 4, 2018. It has been updated throughout. If you buy something through our links, New York may earn an affiliate commission.

The 9 Best Eyelash Curlers