Using eyelash curlers is a great way make your lashes appear thicker and fuller, but there are so many different types to choose from, how do you decide which is the best? There are metal, plastic, and battery-operated eyelash curlers that heat up, and within each type there is big range in price. Here’s a rundown of some of the different types and what they have to offer.
You know the ones. They’re made of metal, resemble a pair of modified scissors, and have a curved cushion on one side of the curling mechanism. These range in price from three or four dollars for brands like Revlon all the way up to about twenty dollars for brands like Tweezerman. Some of the more expensive brands are lighter weight and more compact, but you may have trouble getting all your lashes in one go. Some brands like Koji claim that their curlers will spread your lashes as well as curl them, making them appear fuller. Whichever you choose, make sure you pick up some replacement pads while you’re there and change them every two months.
These are a little more expensive than some of the traditional metal eyelash curlers, generally between ten and twenty dollars, but some people think they do a better job than the old standards. Because of their smaller size and different design, you may have to try a few times before you a get a feel for how to use it.
There are two types of heated eyelash curlers: those with the traditional pad and those that have a brush instead. These can range from a price similar to plastic eyelash curlers all the way to those in the thirty-dollar range. The advantage of the brush type is that you won’t ever pinch your eyelids, and some people feel that these impart a more natural, less crimped curl. As far as those with heated pads, you can accomplish a similar effect by hitting your traditional eyelash curler with a five-second blast from your hair dryer; just make sure the metal portion is cool to the touch before using.