What kind of mascara wand do you prefer?

I like larger, denser wands that aren’t as plastic-heavy, mostly because I find harder, sparser plastic wands make it easier for me to over-apply and get clumpier lashes sometimes.

— Christine


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Celesta Avatar

I prefer more narrow, long mascara wands that are not rubber; these are the only ones that not only prevent me from poking myself in the eyeball, but they create less mascara mess along my lashline and build the product well on my sparse lashes. The Grande Cosmetics mascara has the perfect wand, which is probably a good part of why I love that mascara so much!

Ana Maria Avatar

I have small eyes, so I prefer smaller wands; if the wand is too big and fluffy, the chance of me getting smudges or dots on my eyelids is very high.
I tend to prefer plastic or rubber wands, with the ones that are very fluffy and with dense bristles I end up making many mistakes.
I absolutely hate the wands with a ball on top, and I prefer cone shaped to hourglass.

kjh Avatar

The one thing worse than a ball at the outer end is a ball at the close end of the bristles on the wand side of the brush. Eyeko must be mad. What were they thinking? While you manoeuvre the ball to ‘fan’ your outers, the other end pokes you in the lid or eye. And when you use the skinny end for lowers, the ball on the inner wand makes a large splotch, right where you might put HL on the tops of your cheeks. Only there’s a black blob there that will take until noontime to remove. Not to mention that you have to rent a jackhammer or TNT to get the expletive deleted product that miraculously wound up on your lashes off. Eyeko is supposed to be ‘award winning.’ How about least likely to succeed? Rant over.

Nancy T Avatar

Whatever the utter magic that’s in the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara wand! I have sparser, yet thicker at the base lashes that are pretty straight, so I have to curl and tightline before applying mascara in order to have it appear like I actually even have lashes. That type of wand is excellent in regards to even, yet thorough application without it going into spidery territory. I also get nice separation with it, too. However, it is too thick for my pathetic lower lashes. So I no longer even bother doing those anymore usually.

Deborah S. Avatar

I have small, hooded eyes. I am pretty specific about the mascara wand that I prefer but if the mascara is good, I will work around the wand. I will keep a preferred wand and use it to apply the mascara that I like, but hate the wand. Does that make sense?!! Anyway, I prefer a thin wand that I would say, has medium length. If the wand is too thick, I end up with mascara all over my upper hood area. If it is too short it takes to long to apply and too long is actually worse. With too long a wand, I can’t get into the pesky corners and since I don’t have a ton of lashes, I need to optimize what I do have. My preferred mascara is Buxom Waterproof but I don’t like the wand that comes with it so I use a wand from an old Cover Girl mascara that I periodically clean.
Favorite Mascara’s”:
Buxom Waterproof
Cover Girl Super Sizer Waterproof
Thrive Causmetics

Andrea Avatar

It took me a while to mull over this question actually! hahaha! Not too light, not too narrow and not too slippery. Too narrow makes it uncomfortable to hold. Too light makes it harder to control “smaller/finer” motion. Too slippery means rolling it with my fingers is a hassle, so chances are I won’t be able to apply it in a uniform way.
I love the ones from Maybelline The Colossal range: on the chubby side, easy to roll and very ergonomic in my opinion, I like how they’re not straight but sort of tapered so they fit in my hand in a very comfortable way, allowing for a better grasp and, therefore, more control of how much & where I want the product to go.

brendacr1 Avatar

I am quite versatile and can use pretty much every kind of brush, I find pluses in every kind of brush so I can’t pick a favorite. My lashes are very straight and have to be curled before I apply mascara. The ones with the balls on the end were a bit of a learning curve and I don’t go out of my way to purchase them.

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