We’re not all blessed with lashes that are curled up ready for mascara at the drop of the hat, lots of lashes are more straight than bendy and most need a little encouragement from a curler.

Using an eyelash curler can instantly make your eyes appear wider, but they can be intimidating – especially if you haven't used one before. 

Luckily these handy tools aren't as scary as you think. To use, simply open the curler completely and hold it at the base of your lashes, making sure you get the padded strip on the bottom part of the curler as close to the lash root as possible without touching the eyelid.

Make sure all of your lashes are inside the curler, holding the tool upright, with the curved side facing outwards. Then carefully close the curler, making sure not to pinch the skin. Keeping the curler close to your lashes, gently squeeze the curler in light pulses to help achieve the best curl.

Another top tip is to use your eyelash curler before applying mascara, as the tool can stick to lashes with product on and may pull them out in the process. Ouch.

Some eyelash curlers can leave lashes crimped or bent rather than curled, but we tested over 25 lash curlers and found some favourites that met our curling criteria. 

We looked for a perfect crease-free curl, no lid pinching, no 90-degree angle or bent lashes – just a natural gentle swoop up of each and every lash. And these curlers delivered.

Charlotte Tilbury life changing lashes: £18, Charlotte Tilbury

Our stand-out winner lifts and curls lashes effortlessly in just five seconds, Charlotte Tilbury describes it as a “push-up bra for lashes”. Interestingly it also separates lashes effectively, so your mascara goes on like a dream without clumping and no combing needed. Because it separates the lashes you get a really beautiful wide-eyed, wide-awake fluttery lash look. And the rose gold looks pretty in your make-up bag too.

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Shu Uemura eyelash curlers: £16.50, Strawberry Net

A staple in almost every make-up artist’s kit, these multi award-winning, deep curved, rubber padded curlers grasp even the shortest lashes. So impressive are the results, you can skip mascara completely. Perfect for mornings when time is not on your side. These also come with a spare rubber pad. 

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Surratt relevee lash curler: £32, Space NK

An almost identical mechanism to the iconic Shu Uemura lash curlers these are also made in Japan, but have matte, non-slip handles for better grip. Ultra-cushioned, so not much pressure is required at all, there’s no breakage of lashes or pinching of skin and the generous width catches all those tiny corner lashes. It delivers a really delicate, lifted, curled, elongated lash. An excellent choice in its own right, or if you’re a die-hard Shu Uemura fan and can’t get hold of Shu, you’ll love these.

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Bobbi Brown eyelash curler gentle curl: £20, John Lewis & Partners

This sleek, glossy curler has extra cushiony lash pads (and one spare in the box) to capture all those tiny lashes that often escape, without much pressure. The softer curve suits almond-shaped and larger eyes, and gives a crease-free, dramatic curl.

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Laura Mercier eyelash curler: £9.90, Feel Unique

Brilliantly portable, these are the most space efficient compact curlers on the market and perfect for your holiday makeup kit. They can feel a little tricky to use first time, but we got to grips with them very quickly and once you get the hang of them, they feel very natural to use. They deliver a dramatic lift and curl even on tiny lashes and the set also contains one replacement pad.

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Tweezerman procurl lash curler: £21, Marks & Spencer

Specifically designed for very round eyes with its 60-degree angle and wide opening, these pretty rose gold curlers leave no lash uncurled. You can intensify the curl by starting at the base of your lash line with your first curl and repeating up the length of your lashes. A bonus three spare lash pads mean it should last a long time too.

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MAC half lash curler: £15, MAC

This half version of the MAC full lash curler is perfect for lifting and curling the shorter, hard to grasp tiny lashes on the inner or outer corner. Or you can just curl out the lashes on the outer corner of the eye to create an elongated cat-eye look, which looks great with winged eyeliner.

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Shiseido eyelash curler: £20, Escentual

A broad curve and soft rubber pad ensures you get a really good lift all the way from corner to corner with these classic Japanese curlers, without a kink in sight. It comes with a replacement silicone pad and you can also buy extra pads for these curlers, so in theory they should last forever.

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RMK eyelash curler: £15, Look Fantastic

A wider curve on this pair of lash curlers ensures you can grab all the lashes in one hit every time. It doesn’t pinch the skin at all either, even with a really close lash grab – great if your lashes are super short or very straight. The curl created by these also seemed to last longer than some of the others, and there’s a spare pad in the box.

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The verdict: Eyelash curlers

Charlotte Tilbury wins top spot for doing exactly what it says on the tin; we can confirm these curlers deliver life changing lashes. The Bobbi Brown curlers are also ideal for almond shaped and larger eyes, while Surratt and Shu Uemura’s Japanese-designed mechanism needs minimal pressure.


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