When we begin our lash journey, the most important thing we take away from our training is isolation. This is the most difficult part of the application process. Seasoned lash artists make the application process seamless and effortless. This is because they have practiced and perfected their skill.
So, let's take a look back at the basics to help pinpoint the trouble spots. Use these tips to improve your eyelash isolation technique.
1. Add Inner Corners Along the Way
Most of the struggle comes at the inner corners. So, with that being said, don’t wait until the end of the service to get at those inner corners. Add inner corners along the way so you aren’t fatigued at the end and skimp here.
2. Use Appropriate Glue
Make sure you are using a glue that has the appropriate drying time for your skill set. If your glue is drying too slowly, this can create “stickies”. Make sure you are adjusting the glue dry time as you get faster at your applications.
3. Remove Imperfections
Take the time during the process to brush the lashes to remove any lash that isn’t perfectly bonded and to separate any lashes that are stuck at the bases. Gently use your tweezers and slide the tip at the base sideways to loosen any lashes that aren’t perfectly separate.
4. Tape + Gel Pads
Using a strip of frosted “scotch” tape over your gel pad, will also help keep the lashes from sticking to the paper tape or gel pads. This is an especially helpful tip when working on deep set eyes where the lashes lay flat and tight against the cheekbone. The frosted tape will not allow the lash to stick. A gentle little flick with the tweezer releases any stickies.
5. Wash & Check...
Remember to wash the lashes at the completion of the service. This will reduce the fume and off gassing of the glue and will also help release any stickies. Take a few minutes to check your work, then go back and check your work again. Use both tweezers to grasp the extension and the natural lash and gently pull the lashes apart. If it doesn’t release easily, get out the remover. No client wants us pulling and tugging on their lashes.
With these pointers, get practicing and your isolation will be perfected!
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.