We’re no strangers to a good backstage makeup hack and are happy to pass along our tried-and-true tips (we have more than a handful of uses for Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink). Another hack picked up from our favorite backstage makeup artists? Bending your mascara wand to grip each and every lash. This method offers added control and ease of application, while also reducing the likelihood of poking yourself in the eye, making it a beginner-friendly hack that anyone can add to her routine. And while you could spend your time trying to bend your favorite wands into submission, beauty brands have (thankfully) started making wands and brushes flexible enough to do this on their own. We’ve rounded up our favorites ahead, from the bendy wand that rotates 90 degrees (and stays that way) to the swan-like mascara wand that helps add lift, length and volume.

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