How Long Do Eyelash Curlers Last? How Often To Replace Eyelash Curler

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What’s your go-to way of making your eyes look more perky and dramatic? Many of us love mascara, and many love glue or magnetic false lashes, or even eyelash extensions. All of these are great, but many of us still love our eyelash curlers!

Speaking of, when was the last time you changed your curler?

How long do eyelash curlers last? Do curlers need to be replaced? 

Eyelash curlers typically last one to two years, depending on how well you care for them.

We understand that the very first eyelash curler you had in high school may bring back lots of good memories. But they need to be replaced periodically! 

Why should you replace your eyelash curler? When should you replace it? And is there anything you can do to make the curler last longer?

We’ll answer all those questions for you below.


How Long Do Eyelash Curlers Last?

Tweezerman Eyelash Curler

The life of your eyelash curler depends on how often you use it and how well you take care of it. Usually, you can use your eyelash curler for a year or two before replacing it.

Although the rubber pad  will typically last for up to 6 months, you might need to replace the whole thing if it is damaged prematurely. 

Those who use their eyelash curler regularly could push it to about a year or two, provided that you also replace the worn-out rubber pad regularly. 

If you don’t use it regularly, it may last longer. But you need to make sure that the rubber pads are still flexible and the other parts are still working properly.

Some brands sell replacement pads, so it’s worth checking if they’re available. If your curler is still good, it’s best to get new pads rather than a whole new curler. 

But eventually, it’s time for a full replacement. Sadly, you can’t use the same eyelash curler forever. 

Why Do Eyelash Curlers Need To Be Replaced?

You might be one of those who’ve gotten themselves a Shu Uemura eyelash curler  simply because it’s a cult favorite and an award-winning product. 

Maybe you were thinking that getting a good quality curler would mean you won’t have to ever replace it.

However, that’s not true.

Eyelash curlers need to be replaced for several reasons such as:

Hygienic Reasons

Eyelash Curling

The first reason is for hygienic reasons. Like other tools you use for your face, you also need to make sure that it is clean or else you can get infected and damage your lashes. All the gunk that has accumulated isn’t good for your eyes. 

Do you use an eyelash curler before your mascara, or after? Typically you want to use it before mascara.

Either way, there can still be gunk that accumulates in your eyelash curler due to consistent use (unless you skip the mascara). 

Of course, you should clean it regularly! Most suggest doing it weekly, but every after use would be best. You can use your makeup remover to remove the gunk and makeup residue. 

Without the gunk in there, bacteria is less likely to thrive. Additionally, without the gunk, you are also less likely to ruin your makeup due to unwanted transfer. 

But cleaning it is a temporary solution. You’ll still have to eventually replace your eyelash curler. 

Avoid Damaging Your Lashes

Most eyelash curlers have a rubber pad at the bottom. That will help curl your lashes without damaging them. 

However, over time, that rubber pad will lose its flexibility. If you keep using it, the curl won’t be as natural. And over time, it could hurt your eyelashes.

Some eyelash curler manufacturers include extra pads, and some also sell replacement ones. You can use them to replace the worn-out pads so you can properly use them once again. 

Usually, the new pads will only last for about 6 months until you need to replace them again.

Unwanted Results

Do you remember the results you got when you used your newly purchased eyelash curler? Depending on how you use it, you are more likely to get an optimal curl with a new eyelash curler than an old one. 

That’s because the functionality of the product doesn’t only depend on the rubber pads. It also depends on the whole eyelash curler itself. 

Let’s face it, you just have to replace the whole thing from time to time. If you keep using an old one, you won’t get the most out of that eyelash curler. 

How To Make Your Eyelash Curler Last Longer

If you want to make the most out of your eyelash curler, you need to know how to properly take care of it.

First of all, you need to clean it properly. 

A full cleaning will remove any gunk that could infect the eye. It also helps remove the gunk that can get stuck in the different moving parts of your eyelash curler.

That way, your eyelash curler will still function optimally for longer. 

Additionally, you should know how to properly store your eyelash curler. Although most are made of metal, the parts can still be deformed if it is haphazardly stored underneath something heavy. 

Store them properly to avoid ruining their shape.

That also ensures that the moving parts still move smoothly to curl your eyelashes properly. 

Final Thoughts

Contrary to popular belief, eyelash curlers don’t last a lifetime. You need to replace them for hygienic reasons, to avoid damaging your lashes, and to prevent unwanted results. 

How often should you replace your eyelash curler?

Usually, you can push the use of your eyelash curlers for up to 2 years. However, you must make sure that you clean it regularly and replace the rubber pads. That will help you achieve an optimal curl without risking eyelash damage or eye infection. 

But if your eyelash curler doesn’t work so well anymore it’s time for a replacement. You could even consider a heated eyelash curler . See our article on heated eyelash curler vs regular for more information. 

To make sure your curler lasts as long as possible, you need to know how to properly take care of it. Regularly clean it, replace the pads, and properly store it to avoid damage. 

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Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).