Woman applying mascara

Mascara is one of those beauty products that almost every woman wears, but we don’t necessarily understand the differences between all the different types of mascaras.  If you’ve shopped for mascara recently you must’ve noticed how many different types there are available now.  It’s almost overwhelming to determine what formula you should be using or trying with all the options.  So to help you get a little bit of a better idea, we’re breaking things down for you.

Before we get into the different formulas, let’s chat about the different mascara wands that are available.  First, we have the straight or flat brushes/wands, these you will typically see in volumizing mascaras because the fluffy bristles are great with enhancing volume with the lashes.  The skinny, straight brushes that have shorter bristles and typically are denser you will generally see in lengthening mascaras.  Finally, the curved wands in mascaras are typically done so to help curl the lashes.  Now that we’ve gone over the different wand types, let’s get into the formulas.

Volumizing Mascara
If you want to achieve a lash look that gives you the look of a lot of lashes that are very full, you’re going to want to get a volumizing mascara formula.  They’re specifically formulated to help you add more volume to your natural lashes.  Great option for you if you have very thin lashes.

Lengthening Mascara
Now if you’re more interested in creating longer looking lashes, you’ll want lengthening mascara.  Generally, the brushes/wands in the lengthening are designed to help you get more product on the lashes (specifically at the ends of the lashes) to help give you that longer lash look.  Keep in mind lengthening mascaras won’t give you added volume to your lashes, they’re just going to help with length.  This is a great option if you have very short lashes.

Curling Mascara
Just like it’s called, this formula helps to give your lashes more of a curled look.  Typically curling mascaras are paired with the curved mascara wand to help enhance the curl even more.  This is a great formula to try if you have straight lashes.

Waterproof Mascara
Made specifically to… be waterproof!  These formulas are great because they typically don’t smudge and work wonders for long wear during the summer months (or if you live where it rains a lot).  The downside to waterproof mascara is that you do need a specific makeup removing product to actually get the waterproof product off your lashes properly.

Now that you know all about the different mascara formulas, we thought we would share a couple of the fun uses we’ve seen floating around the internet for mascara wands.  Typically you think to just throw them out once you’re done however some women have found they’re great for applying lash growing serums, eyebrow color, and even comb back any little baby hairs you have on your hairstyle.  Another fun way was using the clean wand to apply lip balm, and gives you an extra little exfoliation action in the mix!

Do you have a favorite mascara formula?  Least favorite?  What additional uses have you found for mascara wands?