The Impressive Impact of Shu Uemura's Eyelash Curlers

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We examine the bewitching appeal of the iconic apparatus

TextOlivia SingerPhotographyMathilde AgiusPhotographic EditorHolly Hay

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Stainless steel, silicone pad, 15mm arc width, 28mm radius

When cosmetic rituals are likened to torture – which they unfortunately are, all too often – it is the eyelash curler which is frequently the first victim of condemnation: the metal clamps used to apply pressure to your lashes in order to elongate them in the eyes of others. However, whether you are simply squeezing them once along the lashline for a little lift, or crimping the length of the hairs for maximum impact, their presence in one's toolkit is indispensable – and, when used correctly, almost effortless (and certainly pain-free). 

There are abundant beauty products and paraphernalia that claim iconic or indispensable status but few who deserve it so completely as Shu Uemura's version of the tool, whose mushroom-shaped silicone pad protects your lids from erroneous pinching, and whose precisely engineered hinges apply the perfect amount of pressure. Their application means that mascara is simply a secondary stage in one's regimen, such is their ability to enhance your appearance and, ergonomically crafted from shiny stainless steel, there is something faintly bewitching about their appearance. The sort of impactful beauty apparatus that nobody ought be without.