Eyelash Curlers

Monday, 3 November 2008 | Tags: ,

Designed to give the eyelash lift and curl, the eyelash curler is an intimidating contraption to the uninformed. We put various brands to the test to see which best helps us achieve that come-hither eyelash!

The Basics

  • Look for silicone pads, not rubber. Silicone has more spring and gives a better curl.

  • Make sure the pad has a rounded edge, not square, which will give you a crimped look instead of a smooth curl.

  • Be sure to buy a brand with replaceable pads.

  • If you can, see how well the shape of the curler fits the shape of your eye. Different kinds of curlers come in different sizes.

Other Considerations

  • Individual lash curlers are good for winging out the outer corners, but aren’t that good for the rest of the eye. We suggest only buying an individual lash curler if you already have a regular one.

Be Aware

  • Be careful with heated curlers as they heat up enough to burn your skin. Instead, add a little heat by holding a blow dryer to the curler for 10 seconds or so.


We tested these eyelash curlers on women with different-shaped eyes and various lash lengths.

Our test products: .  
  • Cover Girl (rubber pads): $5.95
. . Well.ca Drugstore.com
  • Japonesque (silicone pads): $14
. . eBeauty.ca Drugstore.com
  • Shu Uemera (silicone pads): $26
. . Drugstore.com
  • LashWand heated eyelash curler: $29.95
. .
  • Laura Mercier Precision Lash Curler: $48
. . Saks Fifth Avenue icon

(Note: prices listed above are approximate and in Canadian dollars)

Curl Test

  • The Japonesque was a favourite among all we tested

  • The Shu Uemera’s shape gave the perfect curl.

  • For the hard-to-reach lashes at the corners of the eyes, the Laura Mercier proved useful.


The Japonesque and the Shu Uemera were the top choices with our testers.make up artist Norma Hill-Patton and dermatologist Dr. Jason Rivers



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