Magic Wands: Best New Mascaras

The secret to standout lashes? The brush. Here, four smart new wands—and what they can do for you

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You Want: Zero Clumps

Try: Nuance Salma Hayek Full Effect Ultra-Volumizing Mascara 

($10; Click to purchase)


Thick, widely spaced bristles help distribute the mascara broadly, allowing for minimal buildup.

Jens Mortensen

You Want: Extra Length

Try: Dior Diorshow New Look Mascara 

($29; Click to purchase)


With its tightly packed bristles, this brush functionslike a fine-tooth comb, elongating each lash by gently tugging it up and out.

Jens Mortensen

You Want: Volume

CoverGirl LashBlast 24 Hour Mascara 

($9; Click to purchase)


A big brush equals fat fringe because more bristles coat more lashes. How this wand stacks up: It’s 25 percent bigger than most.

Jens Mortensen

You Want: Precision

Shiseido Perfect Mascara Full Definition 

($24; Click to purchase)


Perfectionists, take note. This wand’s extra-firm tip grabs and covers eventeensy lashes (e.g., those at your eye’s outer corners).


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Jens Mortensen

First Published February 1, 2012

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