At BeautyAnswered, we're committed to delivering accurate, trustworthy information. Our expert-authored content is rigorously fact-checked and sourced from credible authorities. Discover how we uphold the highest standards in providing you with reliable knowledge.

Learn more...

What is Curling Mascara?

Curling mascara is a beauty game-changer, designed to lift and curl lashes for a wide-eyed effect. Its unique wand and formula work together to deliver a lasting curl without the need for lash curlers. With each stroke, lashes are transformed, framing your eyes with dramatic flair. Ready to unlock the secret to captivating lashes? Let's dive deeper.
Christina Edwards
Christina Edwards

Many women want luscious, curly eyelashes and often use an eyelash curler to achieve this look. Curling mascara is a type of mascara that manufacturers claim will enhance the natural curl of a person's lashes with or without an eyelash curler. There is, however, some debate as to whether this eye makeup actually works.

Basic mascara is made with a few staple ingredients, which often include water, wax, oils, pigments, and preservatives. The waxes used in mascaras can include beeswax, carnauba wax, and paraffin wax, and they are used primarily as a base and to thicken sparse lashes. Pigments are used to achieve dark eyelashes, or, in some cases, brightly colored lashes. In many brands of curling mascara, there is an additional ingredient that is supposed to curl eyelashes. More times than not, though, this ingredient simply holds the shape of the natural or artificial curl better than other types of mascara.

A woman wearing curling mascara.
A woman wearing curling mascara.

Many companies also suggest that it is not just the ingredients in their curling mascara that curls the lashes, but also the mascara wand. Most basic mascaras, for example, have a simple straight mascara wand, or brush, to apply the product to a person's lashes. Curling mascaras will typically have a curved mascara wand. This special applicator is said to provide better coverage and coat each lash.

A woman applying curling mascara to her eyelashes.
A woman applying curling mascara to her eyelashes.

Applying a curling mascara to eyelashes is almost no different than applying any other type of mascara. First, most makeup artists stress that it is important to start out with clean lashes, and most will also suggest starting from the base of the lashes. From there, it is recommended that an individual wiggle the mascara wand quickly left and right while working her way to the tips of the lashes. This wiggling action will help separate the lashes and prevent any clumps.

If thicker or more prominent lashes are desired after applying one coat, an additional one or two coats can be applied. Applying these coats, however, should be done immediately, before the first coat dries. If curling mascara, or any other mascara for that matter, is applied after the previous coats have dried, ugly clumps can accumulate on the lashes.

Some consumers have found that a curling mascara is more likely to clump because it tends to be a little thicker than other types of mascara. To avoid this, an individual can wipe the mascara wand on a tissue before using it and apply no more than two thin coats of curling mascara. If there are still clumps, a clean mascara wand or lash brush can be run through the eyelashes after the mascara has been applied.

You might also Like

Discussion Comments


My experience has been that even if you have the best curling mascara, you are bound to have some clumping when you use them. I bought a really expensive name brand curling mascara and it did not work any differently than maybelline or any other store brand mascara. I figured out that the key to getting separate, thick and curled lashes is the way you apply it. It's actually really simple. All you have to do is hold your finger, a tissue or a business card behind your lashes when you apply mascara. If you do this and use a wiggly motion, it separates all the lashes and goes on perfectly. Ever since, I discovered this, I've stopped spending all my money on mascara.


The mascara brush absolutely makes a difference! The regular mascara brush does not do a good job of separating the lashes at all. The wax actually causes the lashes to stick together, so you have two or three lashes stuck together and covered in mascara. I get terribly annoyed when this happens.

I love curling mascaras with thin and separate needle-like brushes. They really work and cause no clumps. I think these mascaras do curl the lashes better because they are similar to the natural shape of our eyes. Regular brushes just go straight out and the mascara can smear around the eye when you are trying to use the brush. I've ruined so many perfect eye makeups trying to use mascara.

Post your comments
Forgot password?
    • A woman wearing curling mascara.
      A woman wearing curling mascara.
    • A woman applying curling mascara to her eyelashes.
      By: haveseen
      A woman applying curling mascara to her eyelashes.