If there's ever a topic beauty buffs love to talk about, it's their mascara of choice. Mascara choices can be a very personal thing, when aiming to get only the most perfect, thick, voluminous lashes. But which mascara wands are worth investing in, that really do the work for flawless results? While this topic is hotly debated between makeup enthusiasts, it's time to really get to the bottom of the best wands for our buck. We asked six of the industry's well known makeup artists everything we wanted to know, from the size of the wands to formula, and we got what we were looking forвЂ¦ their answers may surprise you!
Keep reading to find out which wand really is the superior eyelash-enhancer!
The Case for Big
For mega volume and dramatic lashes, celebrity makeup artist Kip Zachary says, вЂњSize does matter.вЂќ (We were excited to know that our collection of big, brushy wands had made the professional cut), while top television makeup artist Jennifer Greenberg agrees, вЂњI love bold, dramatic lashes, and bigger brushes make that easy to achieve-big mascara brushes really elongate the lashes in every way possible.вЂќ Score.
If you fall into the camp of the bigger the better, the general consensus is it's because of the instant volume factor. вЂњBigger brushes just give more volume, adding additional product to the lashes, so you can get lush lashes very quickly,вЂќ celebrity makeup artist Ricky Wilson says.
The Case for Small
A tiny brush has its advantages too. вЂњI prefer a molded mascara brush,вЂќ celebrity makeup artist Denika Bedrossian says. вЂњA small, tighter applicator allows for better separation and length.вЂќ
Plus, if you start with defined lashes, you can play them up however you please. This makes total sense. вЂњOnce you've built a base with a small brush, you can then layer on one of the bigger brush mascaras for extra oomph,вЂќ celebrity makeup artist Erin Ayanian-Monroe says. Bedrossian is also a fan of the layering potential of petite brushes. She loves mixing in a larger applicator for a boost of volume, that help smaller, shorter lashes look thick and voluminous.
Which One is Right for You?
And so, each brush is special in its own way, but (personal preference aside) how do you choose the one that's right for you? вЂњTo get the lushest, most beautiful lashes possible, first consider what nature has blessed you with,вЂќ Ayanian-Monroe says. вЂњIf you have longer lashes you'll benefit from one of the bigger brushes on the market for color, density, and additional length.вЂќ Wilson also recommends taking your natural lashes into consideration. вЂњBig brushes work well on people with long lashes and bigger eyes, but big brushes can pose serious issues for women with smaller eyes and shorter lashes-mascara just gets everywhere,вЂќ Wilson says. SoВ if that sounds familiar, go small. вЂњIf your lashes are on the sparser, shorter side, a better choice is a mascara with a small precise brush that you can really get in there with,вЂќ Ayanian-Monroe says.
Professional makeup artist Kendra Richards suggests taking into account the look you're going for as well. вЂњIf you want a more natural look, choose a little brush,вЂќ she says. вЂњThe little brush doesn't deposit as much mascara on the lashes, so you won't get volume, but you will get definition.вЂќ For вЂњwow-factorвЂќ lashes, Richards likes a bigger, lush brush.
Big or small? Flip through for the best of both!
вЂњThis big wand is packing some heat-love Dior Show for creating drama.вЂќВ -В Kip ZacharyL'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara $12Shop
вЂњA longtime staple from L'Oreal, apply several coats, with extra attention at the base of the lashes, it delivers great results.вЂќ -В Kendra RichardsGrande Cosmetics GrandeDRAMA Intense Thickening Mascara With Castor Oil $25Shop
"The thickness of this brush along with the added castor oil helps nourish lashes while creating amazing volume."- Kip ZacharyNeutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara $9Shop
вЂњThis mascara from Neutrogena delivers dense lashes and adds length.вЂќ -В Erin Ayanian-MonroeBenefit Cosmetics They're Real! Mascara $25Shop
вЂњThe bristles on this Benefit mascara are staggered, which helps to grab and coat each lash.вЂќ -В Kip ZacharyPixie by Petra Lower Lash Mascara $12Shop
вЂњThis Pixi lower lash mascara catches every single lash to make the very most of what you've got, it's perfect for lashes that are more fine.вЂќВ -В Erin Ayanian-MonroeLancome Definicils High Definition Mascara $28Shop
вЂњDefinicils Gives great definition.вЂќВ -В Kendra RichardsILIA Limitless Lash Mascara $28Shop
вЂњILIA mascara works great for bottom lashes. Its carbon black pigment curls and lifts, while separating each lash.вЂќВ -В Denika BedrossianMaybelline Lash Discovery Mascara $7Shop
вЂњThis Maybelline mascara is great for layering.вЂќВ -В Erin Ayanian-Monroe