There are two types of people in the world: folk who use an eyelash curler before mascara, and folks who… don’t. As staunch advocates of the former camp, we’ll admit that it’s puzzling as to why people opt to forego this essential step. Is it because it resembles a torture contraption? Or perhaps it’s because you haven’t found the right one yet? Capable of transforming slick-straight, downward-pointing lashes into swoopy, fluttery works of art, it also amplifies the effects of mascara, creating further length and volume all while being ridiculously easy-to-use. Cons: none. Except perhaps when you mistakenly clamp down somewhere on the vicinity of your eyelid, but beauty is pain, right? Our top picks, below.