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Wednesday Wink - Water, Wash, Prime...? What's the Best Prep Method for Eyelash Extension Retention?

Wednesday Wink - Water, Wash, Prime...? What's the Best Prep Method for Eyelash Extension Retention?

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Posted by Sarah Moore on June 20, 2018

Over a decade of observing my colleagues, it appears great lash retention can be the product of many prep methods. While it appears each application is case to case, here are some guidelines to help you navigate each scenario.

Method: Water Alone

Scene: Client arrives with clean, oil free, makeup free lashes. (Yay, thank you, lovely client!) Note:
  • Some artists swear by water only.
  • Use saline or distilled water to rinse and brush lashes throughly.

Method: Shampoo & Moisturise with Wash and Wink

Scene: Client comes in with makeup on, or hasn’t washed lashes. This option is also great for clients who have oily skin, or an acidic ph balance, or have any build up from bad application practices. Notes:
  • When time allows, there isn’t a more comprehensive way to set the stage for new lash application.
  • You will need to add 5 + minutes to your appointment slot. And remember that you have the option to charge for full cleaning as a menu add on!
  • After Wash and Wink, make sure to rinse eyes & lashes thoroughly. There is no need to get lashes all the way dry, the residual moisture will assist your glue to a bond securely.

Method: Primer

Scene: If your client has makeup and/or oil on their lashes, go with the primer. Keep in mind really heavy duty cleaning will go faster with a good shampoo. Notes:
  • Use two wands at once to get each hair squeaky clean.
  • Some primers can strip away (as they're meant to) a healthy amount of moisture. Use a nano mister after for a quick-mist, to ensure the glue will adhere.
  • Witch Hazel can also be used as primer, but be sure to read the ingredients and be aware of additives like aloe or rose that may disrupt glue bond.
Are you doing one of the above, or a combination? I would love to know what’s working best for you!

Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore

A glad girl from the start, expert eyelash artist, Sarah Elaine Moore has been bringing Glad Lash eyelash extensions into the homes of her premier Hollywood clients for over thirteen years. Sarah attended the Make Up Designory in Burbank CA in 2002, studying Film & Television Makeup. She has also trained with the world-renowned Fletcher Pilates Company, where she spent six years exploring how beauty professionals can prevent injury and increase longevity in their careers. Sarah is currently Volume Lash Trainer at Glad Lash Academy. Her mission through her guest posts on the Glad Lash Blog is to make the best better, inspiring confidence and instilling value in eyelash artists and clients.


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