Tuesday, September 6, 2011

How to choose the right eyelash curler

Along with mascara, curling my eyelashes has always been a big part of my makeup routine since I first started wearing makeup. An eyelash curler may look intimidating at first, but it is a quick and easy way to make your eyelashes look longer, and therefore make your eyes look bigger and more wide awake.

But how to find an eyelash curler that works for me without buying every single one I see? I did some research on the internet and found a fabulous blog post by a Japanese beauty blogger which compared several brands of eyelash curlers. I contacted her and she kindly agreed to allow me to translate part of her post into English and post it on my own blog to share with my readers. Although the original article is a little old, I still feel that it is worthwhile information.

Yuko-sama of “Tetsu no Shojo” (“The Iron Maiden”) has a great beauty blog full of tutorials, skin care and makeup product reviews, as well as how to's for nail art and storage. Regardless of whether you can or can't read Japanese, please check out her blog!

And now, here is a translation of Yuko-sama's blog post on eyelash curlers. I have included some personal comments in italics. You can read the original article here.
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Yuko-sama reviewed 8 eyelash curlers on her blog previously, and this article is a final comparison of these 8. (All prices have been updated)
  1. Shiseido, 840 yen 
  2. Maquillage (by Shiseido), 1050 yen 
  3. Suqqu, 2100 yen 
  4. Tesshyu (by Kanebo), 945 yen 
  5. Elle (by Kose), 735 yen
  6. Excel (Spring-type): 735 yen 
  7. Koji with Matsukiyo : 420 yen (Matsukiyo is a very famous Japanese drugstore) 
  8. Koji: 1890 yen 

There are a few points that you need to check when chosing the right eyelash curler for you: 

  1. Frame width: A wide frame does not necessarily equal a great eyelash curler. Some people say that if the frame is too wide, the eyelash curler will hit the corners of your eyes and not fit the middle part of the eye. 
  2. Front curve: The front curve needs to fit the curve of your upper eyelid. If your eyes are rounded, pick an eyelash curler with a deep curve. If your eyes are less rounded, pick an eyelash curler with a less pronounced curve.
  3. 3D curve: This curve needs to fit how much your eyes protrude from your face. If your eyes stick out more, pick one with a deep curve. 
  4. Opening of the eyelash curler: This refers to how much the eyelash curler opens. If you have long eyelashes and you use an eyelash curler that does not open enough, it may be difficult to grab a hold of your eyelashes. 
  5. Stiffness of the rubber:  A softer rubber will curl your eyelashes easier. If the hairs of your eyelashes are thick or stiff, use an eyelash curler with softer rubber. If your eyelash hairs are thin or soft, a stiffer rubber may work better for you. 

Here is a picture to visualize what the 5 terms mean. I have sent Yuko-sama this picture to confirm the meaning of these terms with her.



Here is a comparison of the 8 eyelash curlers using these 5 points. Going outwards of this radar chart means the frame width becomes wider, the front curve becomes more pronounced, the 3D curve becomes deeper, the opening becomes bigger, and the rubber becomes stiffer.

The smaller the radar chart, the more the eyelash curler will fit someone with fine bone features (ie, someone who has more stereotypically East Asian features), and the bigger the radar chart, the more the eyelash curler will fit someone with thick set features (ie, someone who has more stereotypically Western features).

Basically, the eyelash curlers from Shiseido/Maquillage/Elle are the same type, while the ones from Suqqu/Tesshyu/Koji can also be grouped into the same type. If you are thinking, “My eyelash curler works OK, but if only this part were more like this...”, it might be a good idea to try another eyelash curler from the same general type, but with a different measurement in the area you are dissatisfied.

However, please be aware that there are other points which affect how an eyelash curler works, such as the position of the handles or the thickness of the frames. Also, comparing an eyelash curler with a spring with those without springs is not really an apple to apple comparison.

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That's the end of Yuko-sama's blog post. Isn't it detailed and extensive? She also has separate reviews for each of the eyelash curlers she compared. I hope this blog post helped anyone trying to find an eyelash curler that works for them! Thanks Yuko-sama for letting me translate her post!

xoxo, K

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for the post! I've been looking for a new eyelash curler and realised the two i've owned do not work on my eyelashes at all. So now I think I know what to do when looking for lashes. So thank you and Yuko's advice! :D

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  2. ANNNDDD i just noticed a typo in the title.  I'll fix that when I get back on my laptop!

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  3. Great post! I love my Shu Uemura curler, which is of the shallow type and works well with my small almond eyes.

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  4. This is a great post! Thank you to you and Yuko sama for this. Thanks to Yuko sama for the detailed work she put into doing the comparisons.

    I find that the Koji (not sure which one it is but I think it's the Koji w/Matsukiyo since it was very inexpensive and Shu Uemura works best for me.

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  5. This is indeed a fantastic post! So detailed and I love her use of that graph thing :P thank you for translating and posting it for us! Very helpful ^^

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  6. Wow, thanks for this VERY informative post!  Do you know that I have 3 Shu Uemura Lash curlers and I still want to try the Shiseido one! :)

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  7. ~ Thanks for your post..I love all articles about Eyelashes, mascara, and eyes as I have really straight lashes and when properly curled makes my eyes look Hugh.
     
    I am hooked on curlers and the best eyelash curler I have ever found is the Hot Lashes eyelash curler, makeup Artist kit.
     
    I read the reviews on Amazon and was impressed. They have a site of the same name Hot Lashes. My friends and family love this curler..Exactly like the Shu Uemura curler with a 24k gold plated curler and this small heater base. Keeps my lashes curling till the next day. hth~

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  8. ~ Thanks for your post..I love all articles about Eyelashes, mascara, and eyes as I have really straight lashes and when properly curled makes my eyes look Hugh.
     
    I am hooked on curlers and the best eyelash curler I have ever found is the Hot Lashes eyelash curler, makeup Artist kit.
     
    I read the reviews on Amazon and was impressed. They have a site of the same name Hot Lashes. My friends and family love this curler..Exactly like the Shu Uemura curler with a 24k gold plated curler and this small heater base. Keeps my lashes curling till the next day. hth~

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  9. I really want to try the Shu Uemura curler.  It's expensive, so I want to try it before I buy it!

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  10. I'd love to try the Koji one as well!

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  11. Thanks! I hope I can translate some more great blog posts soon!

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  12. Wow, sounds like a great lash curler!

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