Which Mascara Wand Will Work Magic?


There are hundreds of great mascaras out there and each promise better, bolder lashes. This makes shopping for the “perfect” product tough. Add in the fact that mascara comes in multiple formulas with a number of different kinds of brush heads and you’re left feeling totally dumbfounded.

What if we told you that while the mascara formula can make a difference, it is actually the brush head that matters most? That’s right—the shape, size and bristles of a mascara wand are extremely important in determining how your lashes will look. Here are seven different kinds of mascara brush heads and what each one does so you can have the lashes you want. 


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Clinique High Definition Lashes Brush Then Comb Mascara  ($16)

If you are one of those people constantly searching for your eyebrow comb to separate your lashes, this wand is will be a real time-saver. With two brush heads in one—a brush and a comb—this mascara wand offers the best of both worlds. The brush side allows for a lot of formula and color deposit, while the comb-side lets you go in afterward and separate the lashes to get rid of clumps and streamline each lash.

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Synthetic Plastic Bristles

Buxom Lash Mascara ($19)

Natural bristle brushes soak up more formula than plastic ones, meaning with this one, you will save more mascara with each application. So if you’re the type of person who feels like you are constantly in need of a new tube, this wand might be the best for you. The curvy shape and comb-like bristles hold the ideal amount of mascara to coat every lash evenly. This means you likely get very separated, longer-looking lashes.

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It Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara Duo ($29)

If coating your bottom lashes is always a struggle, a wand with a lash detailer at the end of it will help you immensely. With this wand in particular, the ball-shaped detailer is small, so you can use it to vertically paint on the formula to bottom lashes. Not only that, it’s great for outer and inner lashes that are typically difficult to reach. When your corner lashes are sufficiently coated, it gives the illusion of an almost falsie look, which can make the eyes appear bigger.

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Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara ($19)

An oversized brush like this one helps build thick, bold lashes and is best for women who want a full and voluminous, almost faux-looking lash. If separation is important to you, this might not be the best wand. With tightly compacted bristles there is a lot of product dispersal and depth added to each lash. Big, fat brushes are for big, fat lashes.

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Skinny Crescent

Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara ($7)

When you want serious curl and length, boost up your lashes with a curved, superthin wand. The curvature helps create a curl sans a traditional eyelash curler and the skinny brush allows you to really get in-between each hair for the look of an elongated lash. It’s an easy way to make your eyes look more open and your face more awake.

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Shape Shifter

mark Lash Act Build and Define Mascara ($12)

Kind of like the dual-sided wand, this brush gives two different looks, but this time with the twist of the cap. For a full, thick lash, you brush on the formula with the brush as is. If you want less thick, more natural-looking lashes, you twist the top and the brush extends out to become more conducive to adding length and definition. Basically, this is a great mascara for women that want a toned-down “day look” and an amped up “night look” in one mascara.

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Serge Lutens Mascara Comb ($65)

A comb-wand applicator is for the gal who doesn’t want to bother with volume and only cares about mile-long lashes. Great for adding depth to top and bottom lashes, a fine-tooth, rake-like wand will go the distance, literally.

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