“We were in the Beauty Department and she held up this Shu Uemura eyelash curler and said ‘What is this?’” – The Devil Wears Prada

Eyelash curlers have earned their spot as a classic beauty tool (while continuing to mystify men…Erik just sent me the photo for this post and had it saved upside down). It’s right up there with tweezers and bobby pins on the essentials list. I don’t know many people that don’t have one in their arsenal.

Now I have to admit, I rarely use mine. It’s mostly because I forget, but also because I’m a little bit intimidated by the curler. The inner monologue that begins as soon as I pick one up goes something like this: Is it on the right part of my lashes? Am I holding it down for too long? Not long enough? Did I press too hard? Oh my god, are my eyelashes going to fall out now?! Shoot, do I do this before or after my mascara? Crap, I did it after and now it’s all dirty! Do they look too bent? Should I try it again? Wait, what time is it…

Hello, my name is Alex and I’m a beauty editor with a fear of eyelash curlers.

Help!