A Life-Altering Eyelash Curler

I'm almost certain I have awoke at least once in a panic from a dream where I am standing in midtown Manhattan without having applied mascara. OK, I feel the need to explain: see, I'm not really a makeup kind of girl-I don't wear much. I can go to the gym with no powder or the drugstore with no concealer, and my lips are usually covered only by Chapstick. But venturing anywhere in public without mascara? Forbidden.

I was born with pitifully stumpy eyelashes. I don't even know who to be angry with because my mother has these long, amazing lashes-you know, the kind that sometimes leave mascara marks on the tops of her eyelids. Recently, I even tried one of those nighttime lash conditioners in hopes of some growth-but nothing.

Last week, I was in Sephora, trying not to spend my life savings on acne creams and new makeup brushes, when my friend Erika convinced me to buy the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. And just like that, a fan was born!

This brand-signature tool really helps my sorry lashes. It has a strong, sturdy grip that makes you feel like it's actually doing something-'cause it is. I can't compare it to other curlers because, truth be told, I usually don't use a curler. I always felt they did nothing; but this eyelash curler is fantastic.

My proof? After arriving at work this morning, I looked in the mirror and there they were: mascara marks on the tops of my lids, just like my mother's. I guess my next search will be for some smudge-proof mascara-