You already know how to find the perfect hairbrush and pick the right makeup brush, but what about your best lash brush? The wand can make or break a mascara application (it's not just about the formula). Here, everything you need to know about finding the right one.
I'll let you in on a little secret: mascaras are all pretty similar. Really. Besides a little waterproofing here, a little fortifying protein there, and different pigmentation, there's really not much difference between them. The wand, on the on the other hand, is a different story. If you thought those were the same, think again, because each type of mascara wand serves a different and specific purpose, and choosing the right one is important. If you want to lengthen your lashes, don't pick a wand that's designed for thickening. If you have short lashes, don't use a wand designed for long ones. All mascaras may be created (pretty much) equal, but the wands definitely aren't.
Fiber Wands vs. Plastic Wands
With all the variations on the market, we had to ask—are there any major differences between the traditional fiber brushes, and the new plastic ones? Sprinkle admits that the end result isn't that different, but it's more about your personal preference. "I often look at wands and fibers like penmanship. Some of us like rollerball, as others like felt," he says. "In the end, it's what's comfortable for us to work around our eyes, and it's the application and formula that make the biggest difference."
"Curl the lashes really well, then apply mascara starting from the roots of the top lashes, moving the wand first side to side then upwards toward the end of the lashes," Chanel celebrity makeup artist, Fulvia Farolfi, recommends. "For an even application, put the wand in the mascara tube again before doing the second eye." Billy B. agrees that curling should be the first step. "Then apply a conservative amount of mascara and let it dry completely before applying another coat," he told us. Use as many coats as you feel comfortable with.
"Choose a 'curling' formula and brush to enhance your natural length by adding a little lift and curl to open up the eye. As you use your mascara, comb long lashes to the side, creating a 'cat eye' without the need for liquid eyeliner. Concentrate the mascara onto the outer lashes, pulling up and out for this feline flick."
In general, small brushes are best for short lashes. NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara features a short, stubby wand with thick bristles that can get close to your eyes and grab each and every little lash, and provide good control for touching up the corners.
Thickening Sparse Lashes
For maximum volume, look for a large, round wand with densely packed bristles. DiorShow Iconic Mascara features a wand with long bristles that grab and coat each lash. For extra thickness, lightly brush the wand horizontally across the base of the lash line.
Rubber wands with moderately spaced bristles don’t hold as much product as thicker brushes, so they can apply just enough mascara to shade and define eyelashes without adding volume or length. The flexible wand of Maybelline Define-A-Lash allows for more precision and is gentle on lashes, too.
So now that you know everything about mascara, allow us to help you choose one.
- Chanel Le Volume de Chanel
- Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl
- YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll
- Lancôme Hypnose Star
- Napoleon Perdis Magnif-Eyes
- L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions
- Flower Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara
- CoverGirl Clump Crusher by Lash Blast
- Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara
- Maybelline The Rocket Volum'Express
- Benefit They're Real! Mascara
- Cargo TexasLash
- Clinique High Impact Mascara
- Stila Major Major Lash Mascara
- MAC Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash