Ultimate Lash Curlers Guide

With our lash curlers guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including how do you use an eyelash curler and how often do you need to use eyelash curler refills. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our lash curlers page.

Top Lash Curlers Brands

  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Shiseido
  • Tweezerman
  • Brushworks
  • Doll Beauty
  • Dior Backstage

Lash Curlers FAQs

How do you use an eyelash curler?

The first step to using an eyelash curler is to ensure that lashes are clean and that any traces of eye makeup are removed. Tilt your head back slightly to prevent pinching eyelids with the clamp. This method also provides a better angle and makes it easier to achieve a fuller curl.

Hold the eyelash curler up to your eye and place your lashes in between the clamp, making sure to get as close to the base of your lashes as you can. Gently close the clamp on your eyelashes and squeeze, pump and hold for five to ten seconds. Release lashes from the clamp and repeat in the middle section and then again at the tip of your lashes to guarantee a complete curl.

You can leave your lashes bare for a natural look or follow with a coat of mascara to really maximise and emphasise your flutter.

How often do you need to use eyelash curler refills?

Depending on how often you use your eyelash curler, the rubber or silicone cushion pads should be replaced once they begin to wear down. This can be anywhere between every three to six months.

Eyelash curlers typically have a lifespan of six months if used correctly. Many curlers arrive with one or two replacement pads that are designed to last three months each. Once used, you can either buy additional refills or invest in a new eyelash curler.

Keeping the pads flexible is essential if you want to achieve optimal curl, as dried-out, dirty pads can damage lashes and cause skin irritation.

How do you curl lashes without an eyelash curler?

There are many alternative ways to curl your lashes with no eyelash curler needed. The most popular being to maximise the benefits of a mascara. Applying your mascara in zigzag motions before curling the tips of your lashes and holding for a count of ten is one way to achieve a natural curl. Or, once mascara has been applied, use a cotton bud to lift the base of the lashes. When the mascara dries, you'll have a curl that stays in place. Many makeup artists also suggest warming up your hands and applying a small amount of pressure to lashes for a few seconds. Eyelashes will curl themselves and you can reveal a natural lash lift.

If you're looking for a curl that is more permanent, there are many treatments available, such as lifting, curling and lengthening serums or LVL lash lift procedures ( a professional perm for lashes).

lady curling lashes with an eyelash curler in the mirror

Are eyelash curlers bad for your eyelashes?

If used correctly, eyelash curlers are perfectly safe and will not cause damage to lashes. In fact, many professional makeup artists agree that the eyelash curler is the underdog of makeup tools, as they can really enhance your natural lashes with minimal effort.

With that being said, it is important to note that lash curlers should not be heated before use as this can break down the lash hairs, weaken their bond and burn the eyelid. When curling, be sure to use squeezing motions not tugging. Tugging increases the chance of eyelashes becoming loose and falling out. Lastly, be sure to curl lashes before mascara application, as this prevents lashes from sticking to the tool and ruining the silicone or rubber inserts.