Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Different Types of Mascara Wands and How They Work

By Aryanna LaMarco

Straight Brush Wand

The straight brush wand is perfect for larger eyes, with a lot of lashes. But if you have smaller eyes or fewer lashes you will find it will be quite hard to control and might want something with a bit more accuracy. The straight brush wands are usually enormous, which is perfect for making sure each eyelash is covered with mascara, and will help curl every eyelash. The straight wand is ideal for daily wear, for it isn’t very dramatic.

Comb Wand

Comb wands are tiny and the bristles are made of plastic. The wand itself looks like a comb. The comb wand is very useful for avoiding clumps or too much product on your lashes. They do a great job at curling and lengthening the lashes, but not so much at adding volume. If you do not have naturally thick eyelashes I would still use this one, put baby powder on the lashes after, and add a second coat of a different volumizing mascara. The comb helps clumps and separating the lashes, and the curl is great. The baby powder just gives the mascara something to hold on to, avoiding clumps.

Curved Wands

Curved mascara wands are ideal for people with stick straight eyelashes. When using the curved mascara wand use the side with the curved side going against your eyelashes. This will lift your eyelashes even more. The eyelashes will be curled more in the middle and end, making your eyelashes look more open, thus making you look more awake.

Tapered Wands

Tapered mascara wands mean the bristles are shorter near the top and get bigger. The larger side will cover more eyelashes and curl them more, giving your eyes a cat eye effect when you use it. Using the tapered wand in a zigzag motion will help add volume and lift. Also, by wiping off the excess mascara, you can use the top of the wand to move around each lash or coat ones that aren’t coated enough.

Spherical Wands

The unique look of spherical wands might intimidate you, but are very helpful for perfectionists, who want to touch up on their mascara. It is very similar to a comb wand, for it has plastic bristles that separate and coat each lash. But if you are not careful, you are more prone to getting mascara on your lid, especially if you have hooded eyes.

Plastic Bristle Large Wands

These huge wands with multiple plastic bristles are great for those with not as much eyelashes. The large number of plastic bristles help coat each lash. Also, the size of the wand and the variety of bristles make sure each eyelash is coated and curled. Using this wand in a zigzag motion will help get a lift and more volume. These wands are one of my favorite wands because it’s similar to the comb wand, which helps reduce clumps, and gives length. It’s also similar to the straight brush which helps with volume and getting every single lash.

The Bottom Lash Wand
The bottom lash wand is tiny, and the bristles are small too. This helps a lot for not transferring product onto your bottom lid, which is a big problem for getting your bottom lashes. Using a zigzag motion is crucial, it will help the eyelashes get in between the bristles, so they hold on tight to the wand and won’t guide product to your skin. This is great for getting the shorter lashes near the tear duct, also.

Vibrating Mascara Wand

This mascara wand is a bit odd and is new by Landcom. The vibrating mascara wand is controllable by a button on the cap of the mascara. The vibrating helps add volume, and curls the lashes, and will also help with clumps. It will move around the eyelashes to make sure each eyelash is definitely covered. It only takes three strokes to get the same look as multiple coats of mascara with a different wand.

5 Bonus Mascara Tips

  1. If you have product in the wand, but it seems dry, fill a cup with hot water and put your mascara in the cup for several minutes. It should melt down the mascara
  2. Another way to break down the dried up mascara is adding a couple of drops of eye drops into your mascara. Using water is too thin and won’t dry fast enough. The eye drop product is thicker and won’t keep the mascara from not drying on the lashes unless you put too much eye drops in your mascara.
  3. To avoid mascara from drying in the first place, when getting the product on the mascara wand, do not submerge it multiple times in the product. Just submerge it once, and twist multiple times. Plunging the wand in the product will push air into the mascara, making it dry faster.
  4. Use baby powder in between mascara coats to give the mascara something to hold onto. This will help avoid clumps, and will make your mascara look twice as voluminous.
  5. Use a blow dryer on your eyelash curler to add heat. Wait for it to be warm so you can touch it to curl your eyelashes. This will help curl your eyelashes faster, and will keep them curled longer.