Seen as how this season is all about minimalism, it’s only the natural that the beauty world should try and match the trend. Call it the new mascara minimalism: The pros these days are using a tiny feather duster dipped in black pigment and painting it over the lashes with careful diligent strokes.
Enter The Mascara Fan Brush, as the stealth tool is officially known. It’s flat shape and synthetic bristles deposit a superfine dose of color onto each little hair for a smooth, fluttery effect.
Fortunately, getting your hands on one has never been easier, with beauty companies like M.A.C., Claudio Riaz, Paula Dorf, and Sephora offering up sleek variations this spring. If you wish to give this a go, here are some tips on making this work.
• Place the edge of the fan brush at the base of your upper lashes, and begin gently sweeping it from root to tip.
• Work in small strokes, applying less pressure as you move the brush toward the tips of your lashes. This will create a soft tapered appearance at the tips.
• Repeat this technique along the lower lashes—only this time “try a brown mascara” instead for the most discreet finish.
And if you’re really after a dramatic effect, dip your fan brush into a liquid eyeliner…
Check out M.A.C’s Mascara fan brush