Ever since playing "beauty shop" with my mom as a kid and accidentally clamping tightly on her lid with an eyelash curler (sorry, Mom), I've deemed the tool a no-go. Granted, I was only 6 or 7 at the time, and plenty of capable people are able to wield a curler without so much as a second thought every day, but the sight of my mom's eyelids quite literally smushed between those rubber clamps, tool hanging from her face, was etched in my brain, and I questioned whether the device was actually essential or just a hazard waiting to happen. I've found plenty of mascaras that lift my lashes as if I'd mechanically prepped them beforehand, so why incorporate the extra step, right? I felt perfectly safe without it in my vanity (or anywhere near my face).
Then recently, I met with celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin (Jessica Alba, Elisabeth Moss) who shifted my viewpoint—celebrity makeup artists always use a lash curler (or rather, have their clients use it on themselves to avoid any lid-clamping or lash-ripping moments), and so I started using one—the Kevyn Aucoin eyelash curler, to be exact—and noticed my stubby little lashes stood even taller post-mascara. Curious which other curlers are top-rated? We asked celebrity artists for their faves. (Spoiler: There were a few ties.)
"I can't live without my Kevyn Aucoin eyelash curler. It has the perfect curve for the roundest of eyes and allows you to curl even the smallest eyelashes!" — Patrick Ta
"My favorite eyelash curler is the Kevyn Aucoin eyelash curler because it really curls all of the lashes within seconds. For all of you who have long lashes, this is the answer for you to save your day." — Archangela Chelsea Yusuf
"Shiseido eyelash curlers are by far one my favorites. I've tried so many different brands over the years, and I always seem to go back to Shiseido. I find they have the perfect curved rubber pad. The length and width of the pad is also very important. Shiseido eyelash curlers curl every lash without pinching." — Stoj, makeup artist for Streeters
"Shiseido eyelash curler: This eyelash curler's edge-free design—which is a little bit flatter than other eyelash curlers—makes it easy to reach from one edge of the eye to the other and catch all the lashes in between. I have used this eyelash curler on a lot of different eye shapes without any difficulty or pinching." — Yuki Hayashi, makeup artist for Streeters
"However, if you have super-short lashes, then try using the Shu Uemura eyelash curler, as it is designed to help curling super-short lashes like mine!" — Yusuf