What is Curling Mascara?

A woman using curling mascara.

Many women want voluminous, curly lashes and often use a curling iron to achieve this look. Curling Mascara is a type of mascara that manufacturers claim will enhance the natural curl of a person’s eyelashes with or without an eyelash curler. There is, however, some debate as to whether this eye makeup actually works.

Basic mascara is made with a few basic ingredients, which usually include water, wax, oils, pigments, and preservatives. Waxes used in mascaras can include beeswax, carnauba wax, and paraffin wax, and are primarily used as a base and to thicken sparse lashes. Pigments are used to achieve dark lashes or, in some cases, brightly colored lashes. In many curling mascara brands, there is an additional ingredient that is supposed to curl your lashes. Most of the time, though, this ingredient simply holds the shape of the natural or artificial curl better than other types of mascara.

A woman applying curling mascara to her eyelashes.

Many companies also suggest that it’s not just the ingredients in the mascara that curl your lashes, but the mascara wand as well. Most basic mascaras, for example, have a simple mascara stick, or brush, to apply the product to a person’s lashes. Curling masks typically have a curved mascara wand. This special applicator is said to provide better coverage and coat each eyelash.

Applying a curling mascara to your eyelashes is almost no different than applying any other type of mascara. First, most makeup artists emphasize that it’s important to start with clean lashes, and most also suggest starting at the base of your lashes. From there, it is recommended that an individual flick the mascara wand rapidly left and right while working up to the tip of the lashes. This rocking action will help separate the lashes and prevent any clumping.

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If thicker or more prominent lashes are desired after applying one coat, an additional coat or two can be applied. The application of these coats, however, must be done immediately, before the first coat dries. If curling mascara, or any other mascara, is applied after the previous coats have dried, unsightly smudges can build up on the lashes.

Some consumers have found that a curling mascara is more likely to form clumps because it tends to be a little thicker than other types of mascara. To prevent this, an individual can wipe the mascara wand on a tissue before using it and apply a maximum of two thin coats of curling mascara. If there are still clumps, a clean mascara wand or eyelash brush can be applied to the lashes after mascara is applied.

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