I recently purchased a metal lash comb — an object I didn’t even know I needed until I got one. The results have been so earth-shattering, I had to tell you about it.
To begin at the beginning, a spoolie is the technical name for a mascara wand. I have a spoolie that came in a gift-with-purchase brush set from Estee Lauder, and I (formerly) used it to clean the clumps out of my lashes after applying mascara. I’d apply 1-2 coats of mascara, then run the clean spoolie through the same way, hopefully separating the lashes and wiping out any clumps. The problem was that the spoolie tended to push my lashes out of the way (up), instead of combing through them.
So I got smart. I grabbed my plastic eyelash comb (which I normally use for brow grooming), set the spoolie at the base of my lashes (underneath) and trapped my lashes between spoolie and comb, pulling the brushes forward together to comb out my lashes. I felt very silly and it worked okay.
My makeup-loving friends kept insisting that a metal lash comb was in a category of its own, and though I didn’t totally believe them, I picked one up at Ulta anyway.
The metal lash comb is basically a row of sewing needles, mounted in a plastic handle. The needle-shaped tines insert between lashes like a dream, and actually push between them, instead of just moving them out of the way. It also cleans out clumps like gangbusters.
Previously, I’ve thrown away my mascara when it got so clumpy that application wasn’t worth the hassle, but now that I’m lash-combing, I feel like my mascara could last… forever?
The Tweezerman lash comb is $7. Tweezerman suggests cleaning the tines with an alcohol-soaked cotton ball, and if a tine should ever fall out, they’ll replace it for free. One more hilarious note: the packaging warns not to use this product without a mirror.