By Susan "Honey" Good
Bat a lash if you are still use eyelash curlers. Far from being archaic, eyelash curlers are still used by many, and recommended by beauty experts.
However, there are some tips to be aware of when curling eyelashes.
For starters, never curl eyelashes after applying mascara -- this can cause eyelash breakage.
Secondly, heated or unheated eyelash curlers… what's your preference? Just as using a curling iron helps the hair on your head hold curl, a heated eyelash curler is ideal for creating a lash curl that lasts. Of course, picking the correct product is essential, which is why I've included my top four lash curlers below.
Another tip: Just as you wash and condition your hair before styling it, lashes should be prepped as well. Make sure lashes are clean by using a gentle eye makeup remover to remove any makeup or debris. (Read my list of the best eye makeup removers here.)
When curling lashes, remember to apply gentle pressure… don't clamp down for the kill!
Also, buy a good curler which typically means avoiding the ultra cheap ones.
Finally, if using a lash curler with pads, remember pads can and should be replaced every several months so that you do not harm your lashes.
Chella Skin Care Heated Eyelash Curler, $22 at Dermstore.
The sleek wand gently warms your eyelashes to create a long-lasting, natural-looking curl without the crimped finish and damaging effects of traditional hinged curlers. Includes 1 AAA battery.
Blinc Heated Eyelash Curler, $24 at Apothica.
blinc heated Lash Curler shapes your lashes in seconds. It delivers a precise amount of heat, so you don't have to worry about your lashes drying out or breaking off.
Panasonic Eyelash Curler, $20.99 at Walgreens.
The Panasomic eyelash curler has double action heated pads for long lasting results. Curved Tip Pad gently lifts the eyelash with precision while the Base Pad beautifully curves the eyelash from base to tip whilethe non-stick silicone pads will not damage or cut eyelashes.
Laura Mercier Eyelash Curler, $16 at Macy's locations.
Laura Mercier Eyelash Curler creates incredible lift and curl to the lashes with its perfect size and shape. Curling lashes adds an eye-opening, awakening effect to the eyes and accentuates any eye look, whether you prefer a natural or dramatic look. The easel-style handle flips down to provide the perfect amount of pressure with the cushiony pad for lasting curl without grabbing or pinching. Each Eyelash Curler contains one replacement pad at the base.