Doh: How to ACTUALLY use Curved Mascara Wands

By | July 28 2010 | 23 Comments

how to use bendy mascara wands

During judging for Prudence’s forthcoming best buy beauty awards last Friday (my lips are now totally sealed until it’s published in the September issue), makeup artist Ellie Balfe and judge extraordinare revealed a very interesting fact that had everyone in the room experience a Eureka moment.

So what was it? It’s really simple, but as these things so often are, very effective: she explained that if you have a mascara brush shaped like the one above – as you often do with ones that promise a curling effect, then you don’t aim the brush at your eye bendy side down. YOU USE IT BENDY SIDE UP.

So that, y’know, it actually has the effect of CURVING YOUR LASHES UPWARDS.

Amazing. And something I didn’t know. Yup, I did not know this.


Anyway, I know now – and so do you – so give it a whirl: the difference, c’est incroyable, mademoiselles.

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23 Replies to "Doh: How to ACTUALLY use Curved Mascara Wands"

  • baby in a corner says:

    I did not know this!

  • Lauralooo says:

    Whaaaaaaa? I thought i was super smart doing it the other way, and always making sure it was that way! D’uh!

  • Dobby says:

    Haha! Hilarious – I thought it was *obviously* the other way. Must give this a try now.

  • aurora says:

    She’s right, I did a course with her and she told me about that. She’s brill and I love her blog!(nearly as much as I love this!)

  • Emz says:

    That makes SO much sense now that it’s been pointed out to me!

  • JD says:

    I think the bendy wands are the business – makes it much easier to avoid getting mascara all over the eyelid. And I have been using it the right way! I used to love the Virtuose in black/brown but they seem to have stopped making it. What other mascaras have a bendy wand?

  • Cougar says:

    I did not know this!! But I do now – my lashes will be sorted out promtly!

  • Lisa Eile says:

    Mind. Blown.
    I feel so thick!

  • katie says:

    JD, i think you can get virtouse on in a set with eye make up remover, i got it there about 2 months ago….although i have since been using the brush the wrong way and telling everyone i preferred my maybelline mascara and whoever recommended it to me must be mental..heehee, will give it a whirl the right way tonight!

  • Velveteen says:

    aurora…….I didn’t know Ellie had a blog, thank you for that info. Just had a look there and it’s fab. I did a make up course with her 4 or 5 years ago……she’s the business!!!

  • Scarie says:

    Oh my god did not know this!!!

  • Sparkle101 says:

    I also did not know this – feeling very thick.

    But loving Ellie’s blog – thanks for the link!

  • SJP's Missing Mole says:

    ………*stunned*…… That can’t be right. Can it???

    God this beauty lark is fierce confusing!

  • aurora says:

    No probs velveteen, since that course my make up routine has been revolutionised, and I defo look better for it!

  • legalyblonde says:

    Janey…. Who’d a thunk it!

  • Mimi says:

    Ah girls, how did ye not know this?? :D

  • daiseeboo says:

    I am completely thick because I have used them side ways in the past if that makes any sense. I thought the shape was designed to mirror the curve of the eyelid to get in at the corner lashes all in one go. :oops:

  • fluttergirlie says:

    I did not know this either, doh!!

  • Macloon says:

    Daiseeboo – me too! I thought it was sorta meant to be ergonomic :)

  • Product Junkie says:

    had to leave this comment – I didnt know either!!
    I just thought they didnt work on my straight actually super straight lashes….
    Thanks for the tip

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