A comb-shaped mascara wand will help you avoid the dreaded c-word: clumps. The plastic bristles will distribute the formula evenly throughout your lashes and leave you with natural-looking length. They are not exceptionally well at building volume, so be wary of that.
OUR PICKS: Loreal’s Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, Napoleon Pedris’ Mesmer’Eyes Mascara.
These full bristle wands are designed for amplified volume all around. They will thicken the lashes as well as give length and are designed to make the eye look more open. These wands are ideal for those with shorter and thinner eyelashes. When applying this formula, wiggle from the roots all the way to the tips of your lashes.
OUR PICKS: Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes Mascara, Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara, Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara.
This defines each lash and coats them from root to tip – ideal for those who already have to die for thickness and are looking for length and clump-free coverage. Mascara tends to dry up less on these kinds of bristles since the formula slides on and off much easier, rather than getting trapped in brush hair.
OUR PICKS: CoverGirl’s Super Sizer Mascara, Stretchex’s Stretch Lash Mascara.
These wands mimic the natural arc of eyelashes and are meant to give you an easy, all-over application. It is ideal for those who have straight lashes and want to lift their lashes. Curved wands create a gentle curl in the centre of the eye and lift the edges up to make eyes seem bigger and more open.
OUR PICKS: Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara, Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara.
Cone shaped wands will help direct the lashes toward the outer corners and accentuate the cat-eye look. The bristles that are longer will distribute more product on the lashes, so those will be the ones that are elongated. This wand is great to pair with a cat-eye liner to really finish off the total look.
OUR PICKS: Maybelline’s Lots of Lashes, Loreal’s Miss Manga Mascara.
Though these wands might look like something out of a science fiction movie, they’re nothing to be afraid of. Their unique shape allows them to grab each lash individually, from larger lashes all the way to the tiniest lashes in the inner corner of your eyes. And the best part is that you can use it at just about any angle imaginable.
OUR PICKS: Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes Mascara.
The idea behind the shape of this wand is that it hits lashes at 3 different points during application for next level volume and length.
OUR PICKS: Milk’s Ubame Mascara, Kat Von D’s Immortal Lash Mascara.
Great for your no-makeup days, a micro wand will deliver a dark pigment to your lashes but won’t build volume or much length. Using a thick wand on your bottom lashes doesn’t always deliver the cleanest results. These wands work on those baby bottom lashes to make sure each hair gets the attention that it deserves.
OUR PICKS: Maybelline’s Lash Discovery, Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara.