Applying mascara must have been much simpler in the ancient Egyptian times when they used bone or ivory dipped in kohl to darken their lashes. Now there are so many different types of mascara wands out there that you can't help wondering if they actually make a difference or if it's just a marketing gimmick.
Having tried many mascaras in my time I would have to say that the wand makes a huge difference. In fact based on my experience mascara wands sometimes matter more than the formula itself.
Here are some of the most common types of wands out there, and what type of effect each one gives.
- The original all rounder
- Gives natural looking volume and length
- Good for every day wear
- Ideal for those with straight lashes
- Lifts and curls lashes from the roots for a doll-like appearance
- To use, hold the brush so the curve is facing upwards
- Densely packed for extra volume
- The bristles grab each lash and coat them for a thickening effect
- Not ideal for catching shorter lashes
- Great for getting to those pesky little lashes in the corners
- The thicker middle gives volume and length
- Another good all rounder to have on hand
- Great for giving separation and definition to lashes
- Sometimes also made of flexible rubber
- Good at providing volume as well as length.
- Good for lengthening and separating lashes
- Will not add much volume
My favourite trick for mega thick and long lashes is to use two different types of mascara wands. That's right, if I want lashes that make an impact I first use a large wand mascara (Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express) to give my lashes volume, then use a comb wand mascara (Australis VoluptuLash) to define and lengthen them.
I hope you found this post useful!
What's your favourite type of wand? Do you layer two different mascaras to get more length and volume like I do?