AW20 ISSUE Beauty Discovery

Magic Wands: The Best Mascaras

Which mascara brush will deliver the results you want at the flick of a wrist? Samantha Nice takes a closer look at these lash transforming options…

01

Nars

Climax Extreme Mascara, € 26,00

This chunky tapered brush uses ribbed bristles to create instant and dramatic volume like no other. "The extra large wand on this allows you to really sculpt the lashes with just one swipe for a bold finish that's never clumpy," says NARS' lead artist, Rachel Hardie.

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02

Hourglass

Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara, € 32,00

It's almost as though this brush just needs to tap your lashes for the film-forming technology to transform your eyes. "The tapered end grabs every lash and makes your eyes look much bigger," explains makeup artist Cher Webb. "The tiny outer and corner lashes often get left behind but this wand coats them all for volume, lift and a natural curl."

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By Terry

Lash-Expert Twist Brush Mascara, € 27,50

With a simple click this twistable wand offers two brush shapes; a straight one for separation and length and a curved brush for volume. "I use step one during the day for a natural look and then layer on step two to amp up the volume at night," reveals makeup artist Letitia Sophia.

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04

Chantecaille

Faux Cils Mascara Longest Lash Mascara, € 74,00

When you’ve got naturally short lashes and are looking for length, opt for a double helix wand like this one. "If you like a full effect, my tip would be to let the first coat dry before reapplying another," recommends makeup artist Nikita Baffour.

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Charlotte Tilbury

Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara, € 15,00

"As our inner lashes are shorter than the longer outer ones, this bristle brush is great for lifting and curling," explains makeup artist Lisa Potter-Dixon. "By following the geometry of the eye, you get a real fanned-out and lifted effect with very little effort."

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