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The Magic Wand Of Mascara

By on September 11, 2014

A Complete Guide to the Confusing World of Mascara Wands

We know that the perfect mascara application has a lot to do with the formula, but experts say that the brush plays a huge part, too.

“What people do not know is that it is not only the brush that creates eye magic, but rather the marriage of the brush and formula,”

says Petra Strand, the creator of Pixi by Petra. “The combination of the two is much like finding your perfect match in life.” And just like the process of finding your soulmate requires a few duds along the way, so does the search for the perfect mascara.


Pine Cone-Shaped Wand
“I recommend classic shapes (like a christmas tree) where the brush gives good deposit for optimal lash thickness and volume,” says Petra. Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara also provides separation so clumping is kept to a minimum, even if you go on coat overload.

Thin Wand
“If you want longer-looking lashes, opt for a mascara wand that is slimmer, longer and packed with bristles that are evenly spaced out along the wand,” says Sephora Pro Julie Taing. “This sleekly-shaped wand will help define the lashes by combing through them while coating them with product.” Kat Von D Immortal Lash 24 Hour Mascara extends lashes without clumping.

Large Wand with Dense Bristles
Taing recommends this type of wand for achieving thick lashes: “It’s the best way to coat your lashes multiple times in the fewest sweeps. I would suggest a brush like Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara which delivers high-drama lashes to really make eyes pop thanks to its double brush design.”

Curved Wand
Intricate curved wands are having a moment. The curvier the wand is, the more it opens up the eye and wings out the outer lashes to provide lift. Think of a cat eye without the liner and a wand that gets the results of a lash curler. One of our favorites is Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara.

Ball Wand
“This type of wand gives a ‘fan-like’ effect to lashes, especially when you use it in the inner and outer corners and on the lower lashes,” says Taing. And don’t be intimidated—clumps are preventable. Taing recommends first cleaning off any excess product. “Start in the center of your lashes and wiggle the brush in the lash root and pull upwards. Then, angle the ball to the inner corner and repeat the technique of wiggling and pulling up—this helps to really coat the lashes and also comb through any excess product by bringing it to the tip of the lash.” Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Waterproof Mascara is a great waterproof option that doesn’t dry out lashes.

Strands also offers another suggestion. “Use a lash or brow brush to gently comb out the clumps, starting from the root and gently sweep to the tip. I even use the tip of the brush on the inner and outer corners to help define and mold lashes into shape.”


Fiber Wand
“Fiber wands help to expand, extend and enhance the overall look of your lashes by placing fibers at the top of our natural lashes,” says Taing. “This type of mascara is perfect for those looking for a long-lash look or for those with thinner and shorter lashes.” Sephora Collection Lash Stretcher both lengthens and curls and is infused with fibers for maximum extension.

Rubber Wand
“Rubber wands maintain their shape so you are able to really get the desired effect of the wand structure and the formula of the mascara,” says Taing. “These wands also don’t clump or flake as easily.” Sephora Collection Disposable Mascara Wands comes as a set of 12 different tips, enabling you to mix and match formulas and wand shapes.

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