With many things in life, we have to prep before we dive straight in; makeup is no exception - we prime our faces before applying foundation and we should be curling our eyelashes before applying lashings (literally) of mascara .

Unfortunately, the majority of us aren't already endowed with curled eyelashes ready to be preened, most eyelashes are fairly straight - so we have to put in a bit of elbow grease to get our desired, curled look. 

Eyelash curlers can look a little scary at first, the idea of putting a utensil that resembles a pair of scissors to your eye is understandably a tad daunting.

We've selected some of the best tools for eyelash curling, whether your a novice or a pro - find your new favourite gadget here.

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Best eyelash curlers

1. SURRATT Relevée Lash Curler

SURRATT Relevée Lash Curler

These lash curlers are great for beginners for a few reasons, the top one being that they have matte, non-slip handles ensuring you have a decent grip of them.

Whilst you're still getting used to curling your eyelashes - it's great to know these won't slip out of your hands and poke you in the eye.

The generous width of the clamp ensures that all of your lashes, even the teeny tiny ones in the corner are accounted for.

Price: £32, Space NK - buy here now

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2. Lash Star Beauty Individual Lash Curler

Lash Star Beauty Individual Lash Curler

OK, yes - they look an awful lot like a pair of tweezers. (Tweezers to the eye sounds, erm, fun)

Rest assured these lash curlers are actually a very handy tool, especially for those of us with relatively short lashes that are a pain to curl with larger wands.

If you enjoy sticking on false lashes from time to time, these bad boys work perfectly at clamping and blending your natural lashes to the false ones too.

Price: £22.00, Modesens - buy here now

3. Panasonic Heated Eyelash Natural Curler

Panasonic Heated Eyelash Natural Curler

We know what you're thinking - heat, eyes, eyes and heat. Not a good combination, right?

You're right in some terms, we wouldn't suggest turning your blow-drier heat on full and pointing in the direction of your face - seriously, don't do that.

This heated comb from Panasonic works to separate lashes while applying gentle heat to them and shaping as it combs along.

As it's a comb you can choose which hairs you'd like to curl, unlike traditional curlers that clamp all hairs they can grip in their path.

Price: £22.32, Amazon - buy here now

4. Laura Mercier Eyelash Curler

Laura Mercier Eyelash Curler

So this one looks a little bit like the stamps they use in the Post Office, but we promise this isn't only a great curler, but an ideal travel gadget.

The portable curler from Laura Mercier is unique looking and surprisingly easy to use.

The width of the tool makes it perfect for eyes of all shapes and delivers a dramatic, super curled lash every time.

Price: £11, Feel unique - buy here now

5. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

If you have a look at any 'best eyelash curler' articles on the web - one name will continuously show up on your search.

Dubbed the Holy Grail of eyelash curlers, Japanese brand Shu Uemura promise to deliver long lasting and even eyelashes that will rival most mascaras on the market.

The padded rubber groove ensures you don't have to clamp down too hard to get your desired curl, also reducing the risk of pulling your hairs out and pinching your skin.

Price: £16.20, Amazon - buy here now

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6. Lash Star Beauty Heated Lash Styler

Lash Star Beauty Heated Lash Styler

What's better than beauty products? Technology infused beauty products, of course!

If you're as passionate about beauty as you are tech - then these are the ones for you to try.

These heated eyelash curlers typically heat up in around 30 - 60 seconds, with heat so gentle you can even use them on eyelash extensions.

They are the perfect size to travel around with on the go, the USB port enables you to charge anywhere that is USB compatible.

Price: £20.00, Modesens - buy here now

7. Majestik Pro Lash Curler

Majestik Pro Lash Curler

These inexpensive curlers available from Amazon, won't break the bank - or your eyelashes for that matter.

The easy to use, anti slip handles ensure a firm grip without needing to clamp down too hard on your lashes.

Price: £6.37, Amazon - buy here now