DECODING MASCARA WANDS

Getting perfect lashes is something every girl wants, but it can be overwhelming to achieve. There are so many varieties on the market – how do you know which one is right for you? With this guide, figure out exactly what type of brush will give you that look you want – from natural to retro to ultra-glam!

Before choosing the wand that’s right for you, there are some tips everyone should know when doing their lashes.

 

1. Begin with an eyelash curler, like this one by Shiseido, to curl your upper lashes. The curl will give an instant lift and volume that looks great on everyone. Eyes will appear more awake and open. Never used one? Bring the curler to the middle of your upper lash, then press and hold for two seconds. Repeat on the other eye.

2. When applying mascara, make sure to start at the base of your lashes and cover each lash. To get the lashes at the edge of your eyes, use the end of your mascara wand. For your bottom lash, hold your mascara wand vertically, using the end of the wand to coat each lash. Add more coats depending on how dramatic you want the look to be.

 

BRISTLES

 

For daytime or a more casual occasion, look for a brush with natural bristles. This gives off a lighter, ‘no-makeup makeup’ look. Try the fantastic High Impact Mascara by Clinique.

 

If you’re looking for some drama, go with plastic bristles. The synthetic brush will give you darker, longer lashes. By soaking in less of the mascara, there’s more that goes onto your actual lashes. We are currently obsessed with Dior’s new Addict It-Lash.

 

There’s nothing worse than clumpy, stuck-together lashes. If you haven’t yet, we strongly recommend trying out a comb wand. This special brush separates each lash to create a beautiful, clump-free look. Give Serge Lutens’ Translucent Mascara or MAC’s Studio Sculpt Lash a try.

 

SHAPES

 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for big, voluminous lashes that have a falsie effect, go with a fatter brush, like the famous Diorshow. These brushes make it easy to coat the entire lash, from root to tip. Clumps happen with these types of brushes, though, so make sure to have a lash comb in your makeup bag.

 

Ball tips are great for coating those hard-to-reach areas of, like the edges and lower lash line. Cargo has a great option that will get even the trickiest spots.

 

Curved wands, like Diorshow’s Iconic Overcurl Mascara, are ideal for giving lashes curl and length. The curve will curl your outer lashes and give a more wide awake appearance. Add a few coats for a mod, ‘60s look, like Cara Delevingne’s rocking above.

 

Unique, twisted brushes grab more product, leaving you with super dark, long and voluminous brushes. Use Josie Maran’s Argan Black Oil Mascara for a glam night out.

 

A two-in-one wand gives you the best of both worlds. These wands have both a brush and a comb, so you can reap double the benefits. Use the brush side first to coat your lashes, then use the comb to separate. Love Smashbox’s Hyperlash.

 

What’s your favorite type of mascara wand? Let us know in the comments below!