New Uses for a Mascara Wand

May 6, 2014 | By | Comments (3)

model-aplying-mascara_300Here at Real Simple, we’re very fond of New Uses for Old Things. And why not? New Uses for Old Things are ingenious solutions that quite often save you money, too. So you can imagine my thrill over seeing the humble mascara wand used in myriad ways over the last few weeks.

Mind you, I’m talking about a clean mascara wand—also known as a spooly (you can find them in packs at beauty supply stores like Ulta, Sally Beauty, and Ricky’s):

• First, I saw a makeup artist use one to remove errant makeup from a model’s cheek (simply flick off the misplaced makeup with the mascara-wand bristles). Unlike a finger, the mascara wand won’t smudge the color all over the place making the problem worse.

• Then, I saw hairstylist Mark Townsend use a mascara wand (which he had spritzed with hairspray) to flatten out little fly aways around the hairline. He says you can even use the wand to brush short straight bangs into place (mascara wands don’t seem to accumulate static the way hairbrushes do).

• Last, and most brilliantly, Julie Kandalec, Creative Director of the new manicure-only Paintbox Nail Studio in Manhattan, taught me to remove nail polish that ends up around your nail rather than on it with a mascara wand dipped in polish remover. Unlike a cotton ball, it won’t leave behind those little fuzzies that inevitably end up ruining your paint job.

Do you have any new uses for a mascara wand?


  1. Jit V.

    I use the cleaned and washed mascara wand to comb my eyebrows and straighten any strays.

    May 13, 2014 at 3:20 pm
  2. Amber M.

    If you have anything with real feathers (hairclip, jewlery, decoration, etc.), that sometimes get smushed or outta whack, use a dry, clean mascara brush to smoth them back to rights!

    May 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm
  3. Kathy C

    I use clean new mascara wands to apply a bit of hair color to my brows when I do my own hair color at home. It’s much neater and more precise than larger tools some hairstylists have used. I avoid the skin staining and overdone look. (No clown brows!)

    May 13, 2014 at 5:05 pm

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