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How Do I Choose the Best Mascara Wand?

S. Gonzales
S. Gonzales

Choosing the best mascara wand will depend on the results that you wish to achieve by using it. Some factors that can influence your decision will be bristle shape and spacing, as these can effect eyelash length and volume. The shape of the wand itself and the composition of the bristles may also affect the application of the mascara. You may also decide to choose mascara wands that are disposable for hygienic reasons. You should also consider the formula of mascara that you are using when selecting an appropriate wand.

Mascara wands can be available in different brush types. The spacing of bristles can have a profound effect on your application process and the resulting look of the mascara. For example, large and thick bristles can easily provide volume to your eyelashes. A mascara wand with bristles like these can often be used to apply several coats of mascara onto the eyelashes without much hassle.

A woman wearing mascara.
A woman wearing mascara.

A thin mascara wand with spaced bristles, on the other hand, may only give you moderate mascara coverage. Spaced bristles can give your lashes length, but not necessarily volume. Many users of these types of wands may find that volume is difficult to achieve, even after multiple coats of mascara are applied. These brushes can be good for coating those hard-to-reach hairs, making the shortest lashes appear as if they are long.

A woman applying mascara to her eyelashes with a straight wand.
A woman applying mascara to her eyelashes with a straight wand.

Both the shape of the wand and the material from which the bristles are made can dramatically affect the application of the mascara. Curved mascara wands can give you curled lashes without having to use an eyelash curler. Rubber mascara bristles will be better capable of reaching every one of the eyelashes and can prevent clumping that may occur with other brushes. Small-bristled mascara wands are best suited to you if you have short eyelashes, as they can easily grasp the eyelashes during the initial coat.

You can choose disposable mascara wands if you're concerned about sanitary makeup application. One of the main reasons why beauty enthusiasts buy disposable wands is to safeguard their hygiene. Disposable wands can give you the ability to use a new wand every time that you apply mascara. This can protect the mascara from bacterial contamination, and may even preserve the integrity of the mascara.

Keep in mind that your particular mascara formation will also have a huge effect on the types of results that you'll see after mascara application. Just choosing a good mascara wand will not be enough to achieve great lashes. Do your research and find a mascara formulation for the results that you want before investing in a mascara wand to help you to achieve your desired results.

If you already have a mascara tube that is full of product, but the corresponding wand has become damaged, broken, or lost, you might want to look for a replacement wand for it. Check the manufacturer of the mascara's website for replacement options. You may also be able to buy a replacement mascara wand in the same aisle of the drug or department store that you purchased your mascara tube. A benefit of buying a replacement mascara wand that has been made by the same manufacturer is that it will be created to fit perfectly onto the tube. Using a replacement wand made by another manufacturer can dry out your mascara, since it might not fit perfectly onto the tube and can expose the product to air.

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Mascaras that have wands with comb bristles are hard to find, but work great for people who want minimal coverage. They also help to eliminate clumps and are great for separating lashes.


If your goal is to have thick eyelashes, mascaras that have thickening formulas are your best options. The reason for this is that they usually have mascara wands with thick bristles that work best for to achieve the effect of thick lashes.

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      A woman applying mascara to her eyelashes with a straight wand.