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It’s all in the wand: mascara brushes decoded

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If you, like the rest of us, are trying to ape every long-lashed celebrity out there, here's a well-kept secret. It's not the inky, dark, clumpy stuff in the tube that makes your eyes pop. The secret lies in the magical wand! Yes, you read right; big, bold and black aren't adjectives reserved solely for A-Listers anymore. Once you're through reading this, you'll give Kim K, Gigi and Shay a run for their money. So, whatever your heart's desire—oodles of volume or lusciously lengthy waterlines—just a swipe with the correct mascara brush and you'll be doe-eyed, red-carpet ready, dancing away into the moonlight!
Classic Mascara Wand
A staple in every beauty's vanity kit, this fool proof, easy-to-use tool is available in varying grades of thickness. Ideal to build volume one coat at a time, it creates drama instantly while separating each lash to avoid eyes looking like a bulky mess of product build-up. It defines, lengthens and plumps each lash for the star finish you deserve. Most common examples are NYX Professional Makeup Doll Eye Mascara, Colorbar's Lash Illusion Mascara Duo, SUGAR's Lash Mob Limitless Mascara and Inglot's Volume & Waterproof Mascara.
Tapered Comb Mascara Wand
A simple yet highly effective tool to invigorate lacklustre lashes is the tapered wand. With its thick base and small tip, it's versatile enough to achieve almost any look — think dramatic cat eyes with played up corners or intricately defined individual ones. The slimmer end is ideal to focus on those hard-to-reach areas, while the thick side instantly thickens. Crowd-pleasers are Revlon's Water Tight Mascara or Lakme's Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eyes Mascara.
Curved Wand
While a curved wand won't completely replace your lash curler, the arched row of bristles helps coax your lashes upward, especially if you wiggle it mid-stroke. The key to effectively use this brush is to apply mascara with the curved side pressed against the lashes, gently stroking upward in a slight side-to-side motion to yield a shapely lash. Ideal for straight peepers it opens the eyes almost instantly. Try on L'Oreal's Paris Faux Cils Superstar Mascara, Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara or Rimmel's Scandaleyes Rockin Curves Mascara.
Skinny Wand
It's natural to think that heavy-thick bristles lead to more defined lashes with greater coverage. However, that's not always the case. The skinny wand is great to achieve a fuller, defined look for lashes that flutter in the wind. They are also perfect to separate each lash from the other leading to greater natural length. Swipe on Faces' Ultime Pro Gel Waterproof Mascara, Ciaté London's Triple Shot Mascara or Inglot's Long & Curly Mascara for the ultimate finish.
Ball Wand and Triple Ball Wand
It's the tools that look a little offbeat that add something special to the mix, don't you think?. This wand with a spherical end offers a completely new-fangled approach to applying mascara. The ball-like structure at the end is sized just right to separate, and since it's generally on the small side, it's easy to grab and coat each lash. The result: Seriously standout eyes that pop. Variations are the triple ball wand that coats and curls lashes at the same time. NYX Professional Makeup Fly With Me Mascara, Chambor's Infinite Lash Lengthening Mascara Black and Natio's Lash Definition Mascara are perfect examples.
So, what's your newest lust-worthy accessory going to be?
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