Consider the eyelash curler. Sure, the metal-jawed contraption looks kind of like something you’d find on an OB-GYN’s surgical tray — cold, intimidating, metallic, clinical. But in actuality, it’s the cornerstone of any well thought-out beauty routine. That 30-second lash crimp is to your face what espresso is to the fogged mind. One press and a quality curler perks up drooping lashes instantly, lifting and brightening your whole visage.
It’s truly a universal tool. With the right eyelash curler, those of the no-makeup makeup school of thought can achieve a soft, natural curl — no potentially clumpy or runny mascara necessary. Meanwhile, fans of the Instagram makeup lewk can — and know to — use curlers as precursors to lash primer. On top of that, curlers make handy false eyelash applicators. They meld the real with the faux and lend both some added lift. All this to say, you need one.
Having trouble tracking down the best eyelash curler for your eye shape, lash length or simply your budget? We’ve got you covered. Click through the slideshow above to shop 10 of the absolute best eyelash curlers on the market, as vehemently asserted by beauty insiders (including one Kim Kardashian). Note: said assertions have been edited and condensed for clarity.
And once you’ve found your Holy Grail of eyelash curlers, check out the YouTube video below, wherein beauty vlogger NikkieTutorials demonstrates the best way to use the tool. (Hint: heat is involved.)