2d, 3d, Hollywood, AH Francis, mink, silk eyelash extensions what does it all mean?

It can be pretty scary choosing which eyelash extensions to go for when they are described in so many different ways and so many different words used to describe them.

The aim of this blog post to to clear up the confusions!

Glossary on types of eyelash extensions

Brands/ wholesalers of eyelash extensions:

Ah FrancisLashbase
Jb cosmetics
Secret lashes
Lash Out Lashes
Eyelash Addict
eyelash emporium
lash perfect
Lash solutions
Sugar lash
Novalash UK

Thickness of eyelash extensions:


Lengths of eyelash extensions:


Techniques of eyelash extensions application

Semi-permanent eyelash extensions:

Natural look – Applying one single eyelash extension to one natural eyelash by individually bonding them one by one using a strong glue. After 3 weeks new natural eyelashes will be long enough to take an eyelash extensions, so 2-3 week infills are needed to keep them full. The eyelash extensions will fall out with your natural eyelash, Natural eyelashes have a 90-day life on average. Can be described as 1D

Volume technique – Applying multiple lashes to one single natural eyelash individually isolating one natural eyelash at a time. Using very thin lashes. If two eyelash extensions are applied to one natural lash it’s described as 2D, if three eyelash extensions are applied to one natural eyelash then it’s described as 3D etc. You pay more for this technique. 2-3 weeks infills needed.  Please note for the eyelash technician: “The weight of lashes do not divide into the range of thicknesses ie 1 .20mm = 2-3 .15mm = 3-4 .10mm = 5-6 .07mm” quoted by Francesca at LASHacademy.

Stacking – Doubling up 2 eyelash extensions making kind of a Y-lash on one natural eyelash extension. This gives volume.

Piggybacking – laying a lash in the cradle of your already set & dried lash extensions. To create thicker eyelash extensions. The second eyelash extensions can be coloured to give a hint of colour.

Capping – Overlapping with another lash 1/2-3/4 way down the main eyelash extension. This is to give length.

Audrey Hepburn sweep lashes – These is applying longer lashes at the outer corner of your eyes.

007 lashes – Applying multiple (up to 4) 0.07 lashes to one natural eyelash. This gives a very full soft feather-like look. Infills needed 2-3 weekly.

Temporary lashes:

Express lashes – Placing individual eyelash extensions on top of your natural lashes. Not individually bonding, just simply placing them on top with sensitive glue. These last up to 2 weeks because they aren’t 100% bonded to your natural eyelashes.

Party lashes – A fast 15-minute application of cluster lashes. Last 5-7 days.

False lashes – also called strip lashes – Can be brought pretty much anywhere. These are full of strip lashes applied with a weak glue idea for home application. Applied in 5 minutes and for daily use only.

Lash types of eyelash extensions:

Silk – tapered slight thicker at the tip

Synthetic mink – tapered thin at the tip to give them a soft appearance

Real mink – Brushed from the tails of the minks. Gives a very feathery, soft look. Very expensive.

Cluster lashes – cluster of 5-6 lashes can come with or without knot

Y-lashes – These are two single lashes attached together at the base only to give them a double end. Normally without a knot.

Curls of eyelash extensions:

J – natural

B – enhanced

C – glamorous

CC – super glamorous

D – dramatic

DD – super dramatic

L – extreme

Alternative to eyelash extensions

LVL lashes – “LVL stands for Length, Volume, and Lift. A completely different treatment to lash perming, LVL has been designed to enhance your client’s natural lashes by straightening them rather than curling to create the illusion of longer, thicker lashes. ”

Marvelscara – semi-permanent mascara

Tint – dying of natural eyelashes

Eyelash perm – perming natural eyelashes

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Y lashes
Y lashes are pre-made volume lashes. I personally make my own because they are less heavy with glue that way.



Brown eyelash extensions from lashbase.co.uk



Volume lashes - close up of 2D eyelash extension.
Volume lashes – close up of 2D eyelash extension isolated with tweezers. Extremely important to use lighter eyelash extensions with this technique. I made this fan. I don’t use pre-made fans.

1:1 eyelash extensions
I isolate one eyelash at a time wiping excess glue off on pad. When you lose one natural eyelash you only lose one extension with this 1:1 technique.

3d lashes

Eyelash extensions glossary

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