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All eyelash curlers are not equal: here’s the right one for you

It’s 2020 and we’ve all come to terms with the fact that one size does not (and never did) fit all, so why aren’t we applying the same logic to our eyelash curlers? MECCA makeup, hair and artistry education manager Jennifer Horsley refers to eyelash curlers as ‘push up bras for the eyes’, but notes that to get the very most out of one (boosting the results of your favourite mascara tenfold), it’s important to use a curler with a curve that’s actually suited to your eyes. It’ll also make the process a whole lot easier—especially if you find curling your lashes a little daunting. To help, Horsley is giving us the low-down on the best eyelash curlers for round, monolid and almond eyes.

FOR ROUND EYES:

KEVYN AUCOIN EYELASH CURLER

Like Katy Perry and Ashley Olsen, you have large, prominent eyes in a more circular shape, and can typically see a lot of white around your iris. You need an eyelash curler with a strong curve to ensure you’re curling evenly and from the root. For rounder eyes, Horsley recommends the Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler. “It has a rounder curved edge to really lift the eye, and the curve makes it easy to lay at the root of the lash for maximum curl and lift on any length of lash.”

FOR ELONGATED AND MONOLID EYES:

SHISEIDO EYELASH CURLER

If you have a straighter, elongated lid shape like Awkwafina or Chrissy Teigen, a flatter curler will ensure you’re catching all your lashes in one go, rather than having to try angle your face or curler in a finnicky manner to ensure your lashes are going in the same direction. Horsley suggests reaching for Shiseido’s Eyelash Curler; “it has a remarkably flatter shape and is great for straighter, shorter lashes—it really creates a natural looking curl and lift, and is easier for a smaller eye to navigate.” Plus, she mentions that the eye pad itself is “super cushy,” perfect for catching hard-to-reach lashes.

FOR ALMOND EYES:

SURRATT BEAUTY RELEVÉE LASH CURLER

Similar to Mila Kunis and Kim Kardashian’s eyes, yours have an almond-like shape, resembling the smooth, oval nature of the nut itself. Unlike that of a rounder eye shape, the tops and bottoms of your iris graze your upper and lower lash lines, for a naturally sultry look. If you can relate, Horsley recommends the Surratt Relevée Lash Curler, which is “much wider and flatter with a slight curve,” making it easy for almond eyes to “lift certain areas to create a cat eye or wing effect with their lashes.” The eye pad is “so cushiony on this,” says the MECCA makeup guru, “that you feel supported when using it.”

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