Posts Tagged ‘wand’


post + photography by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

We all have our own ways of applying mascara and no one way is necessarily the right way… if you’re happy with the results, then it’s a good way for you! But these simple techniques really coat and direct each lash, so it’s definitely worth a try. Here’s how:  (more…)


photos + post by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

Bottom lashes can be tricky… like all lashes, you want most of the product to land on the roots, not the tips (that’s where things become clumpy),  but it’s really hard to do it with a wand. For years I would rotate the wand vertically and use the tip to paint the bottom lashes, then I finally discovered that nothing builds the bottom lashes better than painting the mascara on with a lip brush! You don’t even need a business card underneath to paint against (but you can certainly use one if you want to) because the flatness of the brush let’s you be precise without too much pressure. Here’s how to make it happen:

  1. On a washable surface (I use the back of my hand but you can use a clean countertop), roll the wand with a little pressure until there’s enough product for you to load up half of the width of your brush. I rolled off more product in the picture above just for instructional purposes, but you definitely don’t need that much!
  2. Grab your flat lip brush and load it up with your favorite mascara like you would a paint brush. You can use a mascara fan brush that is specifically made to paint on mascara, but I don’t want you to have to buy anything when you already have a suitable lip brush in your arsenal.
  3. Paint on the mascara by making small strokes, concentrating at the roots. Work on one section of lashes at a time, painting a few coats on each section, with stronger pressure at the roots and lighter pressure as you make your way to the tips.

BONUS: When you concentrate at the roots, it creates the illusion of lining the lash line as well. {Our model Carissa isn’t wearing ANY bottom eyeliner in the pictures above.}



photos + post by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

This little tip takes less than 5 seconds yet give a huge payoff {I cannot tell you enough how maaaajor it is!}. There isn’t a single day that goes by that I don’t do this on myself or on my clients. Unless you’re going for spider lashes, you HAVE to first wipe your mascara wand on a tissue or the back of your hand every day to minimize the superfluous product before it gets on your lashes and creates clumps. It is the only way to build volume in layers without everything becoming a hot mess. (more…)


photos + post by amy nadine

If you’ve always wondered if the type of mascara wand you use is important, this experiment is for you! I coerced my assistant Carissa to model again and to make sure that the only variable was the wand, we used the same formula mascara (L’Oreal Telescopic) with each wand, did exactly two coats of each and completely took it off in between applications. The results may look subtle but to me are maaajor!

  • PLASTIC COMB: You can see it really separated the lashes from each other, gave a dark color payoff and lengthened them.
  • NATURAL BRISTLES: The wand created a soft + light look, which I’m equally a fan of, especially when hanging with your honey and want “pet-able” lashes (revisit our dating makeup post here). And it made them look fuller + more voluminous.
  • PLASTIC BRISTLES: This wand kind of married the two above by creating dark, long + full lashes! Very interesting! The only downside is they are stiff (not soft + pet-able).