6 Best Beginner Lash Tech Tips for Professional Results
Eyelash extension can be a tricky procedure. New technicians worry about the required precision, patience, and responsibility that comes with it. That’s why adequate training is necessary. Luckily, Minkys has plenty of professionals with helpful tips to get you started. We’ve compiled 6 of the best beginner lash tech tips to use as you begin your professional career.
6 Tips for Newbies
Eyelash extensions make your clients’ eyes look bigger, brighter, and well-rested. If you’re a beginner lash tech ready to provide these popular services, you might feel nervous because this job requires some skill. Read these helpful hints from seasoned professionals.
1. Use a Map and Find the Right Lash StyleExtending eyelashes is both a craft and an art, using strategic creativity to get the best look. Lash mapping allows you to achieve excellent results in the following areas:
- Placing individual extensions
- Achieving balance and symmetry
- Working with single or multiple layers
- Determining proper lash length when working with layers
- Flowing lashes together beautifully
- Putting longer extensions on the bottom and shorter ones on top
- Achieving a natural look
Find the center of your client’s eye and use a brow pencil or eyeliner to mark your starting point.
When finding the right lash style for your clients, they think they know the look they want. They usually believe the thicker, the better. With your training, you’ll know which style is most appropriate. As a professional, you must consider your client’s eye shape, and the direction their eyelashes naturally go and the lifestyle of your client. Do they wear glasses, is this a special event or everyday wear?
Most of the time, you’ll need to mix two or more curl types to get the most natural look. Thick extensions aren’t for everyday use, only for special occasions. If used too frequently, the extensions will damage the natural lash.
2. Take Time Preparing Your Client With Minkys Foaming Lash Cleanser
Before beginning, cleanse your clients' eyelashes with lash shampoo and then follow up with one of our primers. This critical solution cleans all debris and residue from the lashes, even the nasty stuff you can’t see.
Priming gives you a clean base and allows the lashes to adhere to the natural lash better. The extensions will also last longer. Even if this is a repeat client, don’t rush the priming process. To stress the importance of a clean base, tell your clients to remove all eye makeup before their appointment.
3. Be Strategic with Eye Patches
Eye patches are critical because they hold down the lower lashes while you’re working. You need the lashes to stay down to see the upper lashes clearly. Patches also help your clients feel more comfortable during the treatment.
To reduce the risk that you’ll misuse the patches or place them incorrectly, be sure to:
- Avoid your clients’ eyes and water lines.
- Begin at their lashline’s inner corner.
- Gently press the patch outward.
- See that the innermost corner of your client’s short lashes isn’t too close to the patch.
- You may need to use Eyelash tape to help anchor the patches in place or use tape to lift up the eyelid up for better access for extension placement.
4. Do a Lash Consultation
This is an important step when providing lash extensions. Consultations should include questions like:
- Why do you want to get lashes?
- Are the lashes for everyday wear?
- Do you have a special event coming up?
- Have you had lashes before?
- Do you understand the process?
- Did you have problems with extensions?
- Do you have any allergies?
You will want to review what expectations the client has for their lash extensions. You will also want to understand the look they want from their lash extensions. In the consultation, you will have the chance to go through what care is needed for the lashes and make sure the client understands how important aftercare is. You will want to go through cleansing the lashes, not picking at the lashes, wearing makeup with lashes, and having maintenance with fills every 2-3 weeks.
5. Don’t Get Too Close to the Eyelid
Placing lashes correctly takes practice. You’ll learn that the best place to attach the extension is somewhere between too close and too far away. Specifically, it’s 1 mm from the lash line.
When the attachment is too close to the eyelid, you risk pain and discomfort for your client. Improper placement can also cause skin irritations and damage to the natural lash. If the extension is placed too far away from the lash line, it can cause the lash to droop and not have the support of the base on the natural lash. This can also lead to bad retention or the client needing a fill sooner than later from the grow out.
6. Do Strive for Perfection
As a beginner lash tech, you want each natural lash to have its own extension.It is very important to make sure you are isolating and placing each lash extension correctly. Perfection is more important than speed. You will naturally get faster as you practice more and more.
Before you begin, choose the best lash style. New client consultations are essential. That’s when you select the proper length, thickness, and curl style for each client’s natural lash growth, facial structure, eye shape, and distance between their eyes.
Let Minkys Help
Helping your clients feel and look more beautiful is challenging but rewarding. The more you practice, the more confident and intuitive you become. Keep these beginner lash tech tips handy as you grow professionally, so you can refer to them as often as needed.
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