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Tips for applying individual eyelash extensions faster

Both the client and the eyelash technician want this! We all want to know how to apply eyelash extensions faster, so I have done a blog post on a few of my tips for other eyelash technicians. Also on how to get the most from their appointment. Please feel free to comment on this blog post with ideas of your own.

  • Ring holder for glue - this way you don't have to look away from the magnifier during treatment. I also line the ring holder with tin foil, which I just refresh when glue needs replacing.
  • Faster setting glue. Eyelash extension glues do have different setting times. I use Lashbase extreme glue, which has 1-2 seconds setting time when doing a classic set. However this is only when you use a  minimal amount. Overuse of glue means it doesn't set! It's really important not to use too much glue. Glue doesn't 'dry' it 'cures' with the moisture in the air. If it's too thick it won't cure.
  • I have made an eyelash extension holder for the back of my hand. Again you don't want to look away from the magnifier to pick up lashes as this wastes time. Also make sure the eyelash extension strips are taped down well and don't lift when you are removing the individual lashes.

  • Practice practice practice! It's important to practice your technique without a client present to increase your speed. Especially with volume lashes. Multiple lashes applied to one natural eyelash.
  • Good lighting! I use an LED ring magnifier when applying eyelash extensions. You can buy the 'glamour' light also. It's an LED video light.
  • Have an eye test!
  • Good tweezers that have a good grip. Check the contact point.

  • Cutting two slits into the under eye pad makes applying them faster as it gives them more movement.
  • Ask the client to give their lashes a really good clean prior to their appointment. In the past, I have spent up to 20 mins of a client's appointment washing off mascara that is a lot of wasted eyelash application time. I also give the lashes a good clean and brush before I start the treatment.

  • Be organised. Have everything you need for the appointment ready and tidy up as you go!
  • Talk the client through aftercare while you are doing the treatment instead of 5 minutes at the end of their appointment. I personally go through aftercare at their consultation appointment. I also kindly ask my clients to pay by BACS and make appointments via email. This saves a good 10 minutes. I don't have the luxury of a receptionist. My eyelash extensions are booked back to back 60-minute appointments with 50 minutes of lash time.
  • If the client is struggling to keep their eyes closed this can really slow things up, so I gently place 5p coins on their eyelids to keep them closed.
  • Eyelash extensions on strips and not in pots loose.


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Tips on how to apply eyelash extensions faster

Mapping eyelash extensions

Every client I see has a different design for their eyelash extensions, so it's important to map them. Mapping eyelash extensions make it a lot easier for the eyelash technical when doing more complex designs. For example 5 different lengths for just one person. See my previous post on different styles available.

I personally normally split eyelashes up into 3 selections. So before applying eyelash extensions pads, I write the clients requirements on the pad. I also put two cuts into the pad, so it gives it more freedom to be individual. The under eye pads sadly only come in one design, so by cutting two slits in them gives them slightly more flexibility. Therefore it's more comfortable for the client and fit better.

By mapping eyelash extensions out on the pads it prevents you from forgetting their design or having to keep looking at your notes. I also have the eyelash extensions strips on the back of my hand in length order. Smallest at the top.



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Set-up of eyelash extensions on the back of my hand for speed when applying individual eyelash extensions,.

Mapping individual eyelash extensions

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Styling individual eyelash extensions

Styling eyelash extensions

You can create many different styles with individual eyelash extensions. They can be very individual for you. Whether you want a full-on outrageous style or a more natural everyday look. These eyelash extensions are perfect for everyone. They are one extension, isolated and placed on one natural lash. They are often referred to as classic. For more advanced individual eyelash extensions you can apply multiple very fine lashes to one natural lash. These are referred to as volume lashes.

Varying the length of the lashes greatly changes the look of the eyelash extensions. For example, placing longer lashes on the outer corners can give what we call 'cat flicks'. You can create a really dramatic or very natural look depending on your personality or even event. A lot of women prefer a more dramatic look for their wedding day, so it shows up for the camera.

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Styling individual eyelash extensions. Ignore my lack of drawing skills!

Audrey Hepburn- sweep of lashes getting bigger to the corners of the eyes
Geisha's fan. Slightly smaller lashes towards the corners of the eyes.
Cat's flick - A lot longer lashes in the corners
Elegant - smaller in the middle close to the nose and slightly longer in middle/ corners
Mixed - A pattern of small, medium and longer lashes used.


Also by changing the curl used this can make a dramatic difference. The more curly the eyelash extension the more can be seen from the front. So as you can see from the photo below a C shows more the eyelash extension than a J curl from the front.

Comparing curls in eyelash extensions

The thickness of the lashes also affects the style. I only offer 0.20, 0.15, 0.10 and 0.07 at the moment. Depending on if you choose classic or volume lashes.

Styles of eyelash extensions

Comparing curls in eyelash extensions

Comparing eyelash curls

There are lots of different curls available with eyelash extensions. J, B, C, D, O.... but what difference does it actually mean to your eyelash extensions? The curl is most noticeable from the front as the more curly the eyelash extension the more that will be seen.  At the moment I stock J, B and C curls at my Norwich based beauty salon. So therefore the most dramatic one I stock is C curl as it shows the most from the front view. The length of the extension is its length pulled out straight, so D curls actually look slightly shorter.Read more

Eye twitching during eyelash extension application

How to prevent eyes twitching during eyelash extensions application?

This week I had a very excited client come in to have her eyelash extensions infilled. She was super hyped up as her eyelash extensions she had in were over 4 weeks old and desperately needed topping up. She had them done in London at the beauty show and now wants to continue wearing them. She decided to come to me as I am local to her.

I am part of quite a few facebook support groups for eyelash extensions and had 'banked' a few ideas, but never needed to use them before as I can normally calm the client down before starting. I normally slowly rub the temples on the side of the head and get them to concentrate on their breathing. However, I could feel nothing was going to calm this lady down that quickly. Note to clients: avoid caffeine before your appointment hehe!Read more

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Why do I need infills with eyelash extensions?

Why do I need infills with eyelash extensions and why do I need them sooner than others seem to?

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Naturally fallen out volume (2D) lashes.

It's important to understand with eyelashes that they do actually fall out. I know this sounds like common sense, but it's interesting how many people are surprised by this! I guess it's just something we don't think about. Also like all hair on our body the hairs grow in cycles. Hair on your head has a longer cycle than eyelashes hence why you can grow your hair really long!

Hair grows in cycles, and each cycle has three phases – growth (anagen), transition (catagen) and resting (telogen). Hair only grows during the first phase and then it transitions and 'rests' until it falls out. The three phases of the hair growth cycle differ in duration depending on the body location and you as a person. I have seen natural eyelashes as short as 3-4mm and as long as 15mm in length! We are all different meaning that some of us can go longer between infill appointments. I have some ladies who can go 4 weeks between their appointments and other just 2 weeks before they need a top up.Read more

How to shampoo eyelash extensions

It's really important to shampoo individual eyelash extensions to keep them clean and healthy. Build up of oils on the eyelash extensions causes the glue to break down and the extension to come away from the natural lash.


There are lots of eyelash extension shampoos and cleansers on the market. For this blog post I have used Lashbase cleanser. It's RRP is £15-20 per bottle. This eyelash extension cleanser is oil free and a neutral ph, so perfect for using at home to keep the lashes clean. It's also ideal to use prior to applying a full set of individual eyelash extensions. It's great at preventing blepharitis, which is inflammation of the eyelid.


Personally, I prefer using a small fan brush to clean the eyelash extensions. Above is a client with no lashes on, so I am using this cleanser prior to application. It's important to only use the foam on the fan brush to clean down and away from the lids taking away any old mascara, foundation which has built up on lashes etc. After using the foam wash on the lashes I then rinse with a saline solution or cooled boiled water to remove the soap. It's very important to still use a primer (alcohol based) to remove every last bit from the lashes. Anything left on the natural eyelashes will cause a barrier between the glue and natural lash.


Extract from Lashbase on their cleanser

"Purified - Eyelid and Lash Cleanser

LashBase Purified is the must-have lash cleanser. Specially formulated to be PH neutral and oil free. This foaming cleanser is ideal for your client to thoroughly clean their lashes and eye area and forms part of the perfect aftercare regime to keep their lashes clean and healthy after your work is complete.

For technicians using Purified prior to an eyelash extension application, a Primer must be used to clear any soap residue.

Purified is also a great treatment to help Blepharitis suffers and can keep all symptoms at bay to leave your eyes and eyelids feeling fresh and comfortable. For those of you that don't know, Blepharitis is a common condition that causes inflammation of the eyelids. The condition can be difficult to manage because it tends to recur. Symptoms of Blepharitis include a foreign body or burning sensation, excessive tearing, itching, sensitivity to light (photophobia), red and swollen eyelids, redness of the eye, blurred vision, frothy tears, dry eye, or crusting of the eyelashes on awakening.

Instructions for use - Apply one pump of Purified cleanser on to the fingertips (or back of your hand and use a silicone mascara wand) and gently massage into the eyelashes and eyelid. Do not allow contact with your eyes. Allow foam to sit on eyelids for about one minute, rinse and gently pat dry. We recommend selling this cleanser to each of your lash clients for use as part of their daily after-care regime as it will improve the longevity and help you when it comes to in-fills."

baby shampoo for eyelash extensions

An alternative to a specialised eyelash extension shampoo is baby shampoo mixed with cooled boiled water. I am told that adding baking powder brings it to the correct ph, but please don't quote me on that! Ideally use in a foam pump dispenser bottle and just use the foam, rinsing afterwards with cool boiled water. Please do this extremely carefully you only want to remove the built-up oils. Take great care not to damage the eyelash extensions while cleaning them.


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Why are my eyelash extensions are coming out without the natural lash attached?

Why are my eyelash extensions are coming out without the natural lash attached?

  • If this happens within 3 days of your eyelash appointment as a general rule of thumb it's a bonding issue. There was probably oil on your natural lashes from your skin or from products you use, which wasn't fully cleaned off before application. People with oily skin need extra preparation before applying lashes. Eyelash technicians can use a primer, which is alcohol based to strip the natural eyelash of any oils naturally built up on your lashes so it's a nice clean application. If anything is left on your natural eyelashes like tint, oil, make-up remover etc it will cause a barrier and the eyelash extensions will simply come off in the first 3 days.
  • Getting them wet straight after your appointment can cause them to fall off early. Please read aftercare given to you carefully.

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  • Retention: Sleeping on the eyelash extensions too heavy or generally being heavy handed with them can cause them to come out. It seems at the moment best practice for applying eyelash extensions is to just have them attached at the base with as little glue as possible to allow them to move. Less is more with eyelash extension glue! If you bond the eyelash extension all the way up the natural lash it doesn't allow much flexibility. It's important that the client tries not to put too much strain on this bond. The glue is very strong, but please don't sleep heavily on the lashes or use eyelash curlers etc on them.

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Autumn shed for hair!

It's that time of the year again when women lose more hair than normal. It's often referred to as 'Autumn shed'. It's when you lose hair sooner than you normally would. During this time the hairs fall out sooner in the 'resting phase' called Telogen. Women often notice it more when they are washing their hair. It's believed that this is because women have thicker hair in the Summer months to protect you from the sun and when Autumn comes we no longer need this extra protection... this is believed to be true by scientists.

What does this mean for eyelash extensions?

This therefore means that you may find you need infills sooner than normal during these Autumn months. Remember to book appointments ahead.


Other reasons for losing eyelash extensions sooner than expected:

  • Sleeping heavy on them. Prevent this by wearing eye goggles at night.

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Ultimate beauty icon - Twiggy and her false lashes!

Twiggy hit the beauty world with a bang with her false lashes on the front of Vogue magazine in 1967. It's claimed she wore 3 sets of fake lashes to get that look. It was in the 60's that people got a lot more adventurous with make-up and started to create really dramatic looks and they stopped worrying about standing out from the crowd.  It's said that Twiggy actually drew on her bottom lashes calling them "twigs"! I think what I love most about Twiggy's look is that it's all about the eyes. Her lips are done in a soft rose and all the attention is drawn to her eyes making the whites of her eyes really stand out. It's a great bold look which is easy to recreate at home.

Her brows are done very softly and natural, which is my personal favourite. I am not a fan of the current 'Lego brows' look. I believe in nicely shaped brows with a little powder in them to give them shape and frame your face. Twiggy's foundation is just right it still shows off her freckles, but giving her an even look. Although I like the contoured look which has recently hit the celebrity world, Kim Kardashian being the person who first comes to mind, I believe in a much more natural look. Less is more for me and a lot more manageable for an everyday look.


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