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Wednesday Wink - Confused About Which Curl to Use and When to Use It?

Wednesday Wink - Confused About Which Curl to Use and When to Use It?

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Posted by Maryann Matykowski on February 21, 2018

Recently I have come across a few questions about which curl to use when lash mapping or styling. While a seasoned lash stylist may know the ins and outs of choosing a curl, a new lash artist may have a few questions. Let’s break things down to help answer a few questions on which lash curl to use.

Choosing the Curl

Let’s start with the lash consultation: Make sure that you look at your client’s eye shape first. Evaluate the heaviness of their lid and the widest part of their eye, which is the biggest space between the lash line and the eyebrow. This will help you determine which curl to use. I've included some images in the article, and although they are from GladGirl's False Lash line, not extensions, they still give a good visual of the various curl options you have to choose from.

B Curl

B Curl Eyelashes GladGirl's Natalie Lashes showcase a B curl.
The “B” curl is used for a straighter lash. I typically will use this on the inner corners where a client has a less natural curl and I don’t want to place a heavy curl at that point in the eye. You can also use a “B” curl underneath the smaller lashes that seem to hide in order to add more stability to the look.

C Curl

C Curl Eyelashes C curl, as seen in GladGirl's August False Lashes.
The “C” curl is the most commonly used curl. Most lash artists will use a “C” curl for the majority of their sets. This curl seems to be a good fit for most eye shapes and the amount of lift it gives the eye is very nice. This curl gives a more natural look with just the right amount of lift, without being overdone or too dramatic.

D Curl

D Curl Eyelashes GladGirl's Jennifer Lashes use a D curl.
The “D” curl is more dramatic and can be used as a whole set or to lift the outer corners on a droopy eye. This curl is a deep curl and can be a bit tricky for a new lash artist to tackle. Patience helps when trying these out the first few times.

L Curl (J Curl)

L Curl Eyelashes GladGirl's February False Eyelashes are an example of an "L" or "J" curl.
For those who are working with a mono lid, the “L" curl (also known as the "J" curl) is an amazing tool. This lash shape fits great on straight lashes that have no curl. This lash sits straight on the natural lash and curls up at the end to create a finished look that opens up the eye. This way, the lash extensions are visible instead of being hidden by the heavy lid. I love “L” curl lashes!

Lash Chart

A chart such as the Glad Lash curl chart, available in chart and counter top versions, can help give you some ideas on what will work for your clients. Glad Lash Lash Chart What curl tricks work for you? Share you tips in the comments below, Lash Lovers!

Maryann Matykowski

Maryann Matykowski

Maryann has an accomplished, 30+ year background in the beauty industry. As a cosmetologist she opened her first salon in ’83. She has specialized as an educator since 2006. Maryann knows what it takes to create successful salon businesses and is here to share her experience with you.


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