In the makeup world, mascara is a big deal, so much so that there are multiple variations that focus on different things: lengthening, thickening and curling. Curling mascaras are a special breed in that they typically require a very specific C-shaped wand. Although applying curling mascara may seem like basic Makeup 101, you’d be surprised how many get it wrong. We would never want you to miss out on a life of luscious lashes, so here’s a quick rundown on how to properly work that wand.

To give yourself a great starting off point, curl your lashes with a lash curler. Next, grab your curling mascara (we love Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes) and position the wand in such a way that the claw brush spoons the curve of your lashes. Starting from the root, sweep the wand upward, guiding the shape of the lash as you go. For extra definition and fullness, wiggle the brush from side to side.

What are your secrets to perfectly curled lashes? Sound off in the comments below.

Photos: Joshua M Shelton Photography

Model: Deven Hopp