To the uninitiated, it looks more like an instrument of torture than anything else.
But in fact the eye-lash curler is an indispensable tool when it comes to eye beauty.
It's one of the basics of any professional make-up artist's bag of tricks, and can produce spectacular results.
Comparing one eye with curled lashes with the other as yet uncurled will convince any doubters: the lashes curl away making them look longer, and the eyes themselves look bigger and more wide-awake.
Here are a few tricks to help you get the most out of this handy little gadget…
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