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There are SO many different mascaras out there and while we are told the reason behind the various different formulas, what’s the reason behind each of the different wands?

Well in this blog post, we explain what each shape of wand will do, so the next time you’re mascara shopping, you will know what you’re getting before you buy!



1. Classic Mascara Wand: 

The standard classic mascara wand is probably a favourite of every mascara-loving woman! 

This style of wand (especially if it has thick bristles) will give your lashes a more voluminous result.


2. The Tapered Comb Mascara Wand:

Curved comb mascara wand. The purpose of the curved mascara wand is always to curl the lashes. The wand head mimics the natural curl of the lashes while the purpose of the comb is to prevent clumps from occurring.


3. Comb bristle Mascara Wand:

This type of brush lengthens and volumises and generally gives the lashes lots of drama.

The more you layer, the more volumised the lashes will look. While it gives a big kick of volume to thin sparse lashes, the main downside to this type of wand is the risk of clumping.


4. Thick Mascara Wands: 

The bigger the brush, the bigger the lashes and the more volume

you will  create, as larger wands pick up and distribute more

product at the base of your lashes, resulting in volume.


5. Thin Mascara Wands:

Short bristled mascara wands are great for adding length and definition to the lashes.

They are also wonderful for separating the lashes. If you are blessed with naturally thick lashes then this is the kind of wand that would work best for you.

If it’s massive volume you are looking for however, then a skinny wand is never usually the best choice.


6. Curved Mascara Wands:

The purpose of the curved mascara wand is always to curl the lashes.

The wand head mimics the natural curl of the lashes while the purpose of the comb is to prevent clumps from occurring.


7. Tapered Mascara Wands:

The pointed end of a tapered mascara wand will help you reach

those small lashes towards the inner corner of the eye.

The larger end of the wand head meanwhile concentrates the

formula on the outer lashes thus helping you to create a dramatic 

cat-eye look. The comb-like bristles on this particularly wand will

help separate the lashes. This type of wand is great for full coverage but not so much for creating volume.


8. Ball Shaped Mascara Wands:

Coverage is the one thing you are guaranteed with this type of wand.

Because the wand only concentrates on a few lashes each time, you are pretty much left with root-to-tip coverage.

Unlike the larger brushes, which don’t always reach the very root of the lash (very annoying if you have blonde or fair lashes), the ball wand ensures that every millimetre of the lash is covered.


9. Ball tip Mascara wand:

This is a standard wand with a bristled ball top.

Like the tapered wand, this style is designed to make it easier to reach the smaller lashes. The ball tip wand is also designed for a smudge-free application on the lower lashes.


10. Corkscrew Mascara Wand:

This style of wand is all about maximum coverage and creating optimum volume.

It’s a slightly different take on the classic mascara wand.



11. Triple ball Mascara Wand:

The idea behind this style wand is that it will curl your lashes while you coat them with mascara. (Opinion on the curling-effectiveness of this wand is much divided!)

What it does give however is a very dramatic, full coverage, look.


12. Micro Mascara wand

You would think that the bristle-heavy wands would be best for coverage but that’s not always the case! A micro wand is wonderful for achieving that clean, defined look.

This type of wand is great for layering mascara without it clumping. A micro wand also makes for a mess-free application on those lower lashes!




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