The standard stainless steel metal eyelash curler is a design that has been around for decades. While simple to use and effective, it wasn't perfect. Improvements such as rubber and silicone pads and different sizes and curvatures have been made throughout the years. With the new preference for colorful plastic curlers and now portable heated curlers, many women are wondering if all these fancy new lash curlers really work better. Should you pay more for these modern functions or does the KISS (keep it simple stupid) principle hold true?
Some advantages of plastic eyelash curlers are that they are light, come in a variety of shapes and colors, and are great especially if you travel a lot and have to go through airport security. Plastic heated eyelash curlers are battery operated and work the same way a hair curling iron does. They give a temporary curl by heat perming your eyelashes. The strength of this perm will depend on how hot your eyelash curler gets and how tightly it crimps or twists your lashes while heating them.
Now here are the downsides to these new eyelash curlers. First, plastic curlers are not as durable as metal ones. They bend out of shape, the crimpers can become misaligned if you press too hard, and some types break with just a drop on your bathroom floor. Using heat to curl your eyelashes everyday or even several times a day can dry them out and make them brittle and prone to breakage. Much like curling your hair everyday makes them fragile and weak.
Metal eyelash curlers have a definite advantage to plastic curlers because their design is time tested and they built to withstand more pressure. They also crimp your lashes better so you get a better curl. You really have to pay attention to the shape of the metal curler you buy since not all models will fit your eyes. Some, like the Shu Uemura eyelash curler are flatter and more appropriate for Asian eyes. Others like the Trish McEvoy eyelash curler are rounder and great for large deep set eyes.
What about heat setting your lashes? If you have difficult to curl eyelashes, you will definitely benefit from using a heated eyelash curler. Well there's as simple way to turn your plain metal lash curler into a heated one. Just use your blow dryer on high heat on the curler for 15 seconds. Then curl your lashes as normal. You will want to be careful and avoid touching your skin with the hot curler. This will mean that you won't be able to get as close to the lash line as usual, but the increased curl from the heat should make up for the difference. If you have shorter lashes, it can be difficult to curl them without getting too close to your eyelids; the trick here is to pull back your eyelids so that your lashes stick out more. Then you can safely crimp them with the hot lash curler.