Heated Eyelash Curlers

Putting a heated gadget near your eyes might sound crazy, but what if your lashes need a little extra help taking a curl? Well, these battery-powered beauty tools aren’t as scary as they look. The real question is: do they work?

What are they?
There are, essentially, two different styles of heated curlers: clamps and wands. A clamp is similar to a traditional curler, but has a heated silicon base, while the latter is a heated wand that you use to comb your lashes into a curve. Clamps give you a more dramatic curl than a traditional metal curler, while the wand gives a more natural-looking curve. The curl you get from a traditional metal curler falls somewhere in the middle.

How do I use them?
If using a clamp version, allow the silicone pad to warm up and follow the same protocol as a traditional curler: gently squeeze clean lashes for a few seconds, working from the base of lashes to the tips.

If using a wand, allow the curler to heat up--about thirty seconds--then hold it at the base of your lashes for about five seconds, lifting your roots up and back. Repeat on the middle section, and the tips. You can use the wand curlers on bare lashes, or curl once your mascara is dry--our preferred method.

Which do we love?
If you want speed and drama try a clamp model. Both Talika’s Heated Eye Lash Curler ($41) and Mally’s Heated Eyelash Curler ($35) heat the silicone pads to give a warm boost to the squeeze. They’re a little more difficult to get used to (we pinched our skin the first time), but once you do you can expect a serious, lasting curl.

For a natural bend try a wand. Both Blinc’s Heated Lash Curler ($24) and Chella’s Heated Eyelash Curler ($20) heat quickly and are surprisingly easy to use. If separation is your priority, look to Japonesque’s Heated Mini Lash Curler ($16): the wand has a built-in comb to fan lashes as it curls. The verdict? Just like mascara, it takes a few tries to get the right fit, but once you do there is nothing scary about heated eyelash curlers!