Mascara is truly a magical wand in many women's makeup bags. As technology makes better formulas and better wands, it's becoming slightly confusing how to figure out what is the right mascara for you. Here is a chart to help you get started:
1. If you're looking for length and definition, a silicon bristle wand is your best friend. This wand is a bit different because it's a heart-shaped brush instead of the normal straight style. The tapering at the end of the brush allows you to get those hard to get lashes. The best part about this mascara is it's price: you can find Maybelline's for around $5.
2. If you're desiring length and volume, go for a corkscrew wand. The nylon bristles grab enough product to give volume, while the longer bristles bring the volume. If you're on a budget, Revlon's Fabulash ($9) is a good option to grab.
3. If you're wanting a flirty curl, a curved wand is what you want. To get the best curl, you want to use the wand with the curved side up. The formula in curling mascaras tends to be drier and stickier than other formulas, so keep that in mind when taking it off at the end of the day. Maybelline Lash Stiletto ($9) is an alternative to pricey brands.
4. Ball-tipped wands are for those who truly want every lash on duty. You get the definition of a basic silicon bristles, with the little ball on the end to get those strays. While these wands are fairly new, you can get them for a mere $3 from E.L.F. Cosmetics.
5. Ball wands have been around for a few years now, and many people think they're scary and hard to use. They do take some practice, but when you see the length and definition of your lashes, you'll be sold just like I was. I use Revlon's Telescopic Explosion ($9) on the ends of my lashes for extra definition. When I apply it, I wing the wand out like you might do to draw a cat eye liner. I get Zooey Deschanel eyelashes without having to apply false eyelashes, and people are always amazed I can get that effect with mascara.
6. Maybelline's Great Lash mascara is the best-selling mascara on the planet and has been for years. It's nylon bristle wand may look small but it's mighty. A nylon bristle brush is best for those who want volume, and lots of it. It's also the best for those who want to darken their lashes. The downside to nylon bristles is the risk of having "tarantula eyes," which some people actually admit liking (like Jennifer Lopez). You can get a makeup brush that has a small comb on one side and a straight brush on the other to help separate lashes.
Finding an eye makeup remover is just as important as finding the right wand and formula. If you wear waterproof mascara, or one that is drier such as a curling formula, you'll want an oil-based remover. The oil helps the mascara slide off easier helping to prevent lash loss (this also goes for all removers). Eye makeup remover can be found at all price points, and the drugstore brands are just as good as the Sephora lines.