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Which shields should I be using for lash lift?

Which shields should I be using for eyelash lift?

This is a blog post for the beauticians and beauty salon owners. I strongly believe in sharing knowledge. It's how we learn and grow.

Size of shields available

There are loads of shields available on the market. The LVL shields are very pretty with a flower shape around the top! I use the salon system brand products, but not their shields. They are all silicon and need to be disinfected in Barbicide after every use. I wash mine in anti-bacterial soap first to remove the glue and products.  They will discolour over time. Remember to explain this to your client in case they think they are dirty.

The ones I use come in:

Extra small




Extra large

So which shield should I use?

First of all, ask the client how dramatic of a look they would like? Extra small is the biggest lift. Extra large is the smallest lift. The 'average' person is a medium! Don't be fooled though a client with natural lashes of 13mm using extra large shields is a powerful look! However, a client with natural lashes of 7mm using extra large is still lifted, but not as powerful.

Next, look at your client's natural lashes and even measure them if needed! To do this I use a 9mm eyelash extension up against their natural length and compare!

In my opinion a rough guide.

Extra small - to be used with natural lashes of 7mm long.

Small - to be used with natural lashes of 7mm or 8mm long

Medium - to be used with natural lashes of 7mm, 8mm or 9mm long

Large - to be used with natural lashes of 7mm, 8mm, 9mm or10mm long

Extra large - to be used with natural lashes of  7mm, 8mm, 9mm or11mm long

Hopefully, this photo of the Lash lift shields will make it clear, which shield to use. As a guide, I have glued a 9mm eyelash extension to each shield. You can clearly see the 9mm lash hangs over the edge of the extra small and small shields.

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This image has 9mm eyelash extension glued onto each shield. The shields are clean, but dyed with tint!


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This image has 9mm eyelash extensions stuck on each shield. The shields are very 'clean' from Barbicide, but stained from tint! Also wet glue.

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Why have the lashes got a kink at the ends after lash lift?

You have used a shield too small for that client's lashes. Next time use a size up.

Another option is not to apply the perm setting solution all the way up the lash and just do the base and middle. Simply don't put the solution on the tips. You won't get the curled in look though.

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This image shows an 11mm eyelash extensions stuck to a medium shield. You can clearly see the kink!



Please feel free to comment on this post with your own suggestions. We learn by sharing tips!

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Guest blog- My personal experience of a lash lift

Eyelash lift treatment

E J Humphries, guest blogger.

Most of us know what this is… eyelash curler

A device known as the ‘eyelash curler’ which clamps tightly to your eyelashes and lifts them for a short while. It’s not that comfortable to use and don’t forget to wipe the mascara off… they can get sticky!

Now, how about a beauty treatment that lifts your eyelashes for up to 6 weeks

without having to use a curler or daily mascara?

Elizabeth Smith Beauty salon in Norwich offers the ‘Eyelash Lift’ treatment. So what does it do and how does it feel?

I tried it out this week and I love the end result.  Please note, I don’t have any eye make-up on in these pictures. Have a look…

before and after lash lift



What happens during the treatment?

I laid down on the very comfortable beauty bed and Elizabeth began the treatment. The eyelashes are set with a perming solution which uses the same chemicals as an eyelash perm. It starts with placing silicon shields above and under the eyes. The aim is not to perm your lashes, just simply lift them.

lash lift with shields on

This is me with the silicon shields on. It feels a little strange to start with, as if your eyes have been glued shut. However, with my eyes closed and fully relaxed, I felt very calm and happy, also knowing that I’m in very good hands with Elizabeth Smith.


So how does it feel afterwards?

Well, I have a 1-year-old son, so for the first time in over a year, I don’t look so dog-tired.

In fact, my eyes feel bright and literally



The treatment may look subtle to some, but to me, I can really notice the difference and I love it.  

This would have taken me a long time to achieve with that eyelash curler!


Where can I get an eyelash lift?

Contact Elizabeth Smith Beauty for an appointment at

For more information, have a look at Elizabeth's blog post on lash lift treatment.

Blog is written by- E J Humphries, guest blogger.


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FAQ for eyelash perming & lifting

About lash lift

A eyeash lift is a procedure where you lift your own eyelashes and then set them with a perming solution from the root. The lift has evolved from the eyelash perm. They both use the same chemicals to change your natural lashes, however, where a perm would use a roller, a lift uses a silicon shield, that doesn’t curl your lashes, simply lifts them. The eyelash lift is a more modern look from the over curled perm that used to be very popular, and there are different shields available depending on how dramatic a look you would like. In my opinion, the lash lift grows out nicer than the perm as with the perm you often get curly hairs and straight hairs mixed in together. With the lift you are simply lifting the lashes and not curling them, so the growing out phase is subtle.

This gives your lashes a longer, thicker, fuller look emphasizing this from the front as it makes your eyelashes more visible from that angle. The eyelash lift lasts around 4-6 weeks before your natural lashes grow out and fall out as normal. Your natural eyelashes grow for on average 3 to 6 weeks with resting stage of 3-4 months. This is a faster life-cycle than the hairs on your head, which is around 3-5 years. The treatment is recommended every 4-6 weeks because not all the growth cycles are in synchronization.

Test patch needed at my Norwich, Norfolk salon.

lash lift in Norwich similar brand to LVL lashes
Eyelash lift- This client's natural eyelash are 13mm, so they look amazing with a lash lift. I used medium shields. Results will vary depending on your natural eyelashes. Freya - From Norfolk

Is an eyelash lift damaging to your natural lashes?

I often get asked if it’s damaging to repeatedly perm your eyelashes or repeatedly tinting your lashes at my Norfolk beauty salon. I believe this is because people compare the hairs on your eyelids to the hair on your head. With your eyelashes you are not repeating the treatment continuously on your lashes because it’s a lot shorter life cycle. You probably only repeat the treatment twice before you have a whole new growth of eyelashes. The hairs on your head (if you dye them), if shoulder length could be around 5 years old. Meaning that those hairs could have been dyed up to 6 times a year, which does make them brittle and snap off. This will not happen to your eyelash hairs or brows.

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Who is this treatment ideal for?

This is ideal for swimmers or people who don’t want eyelash extensions or wear mascara daily. However, repeat exposure to chemicals such as chlorine in the pool water or heat for spa treatments might cause the lift to drop prematurely.

For some clients with fair natural eyelashes, I would recommend booking an eyelash tint as well. This isn’t needed for everyone. The tint is available in black or brown depending on what look you are going for. To read more about tinting go to the tinting page on the menu.

What brands do you use?

I use the brand salon system in my Norfolk beauty salon. There are loads of different brands available including LVL Lashes, Lash fx, Flirties and Lashbase. All the brands work on the same system of perming, setting and nurturing eyelashes. A test patch is needed ideally 48 hours at least before treatment to ensure you aren’t allergic or sensitive to the perming solution. All of these products are the same procedure, just different company packaging them.

What is the difference between LVL lashes and lashlift?

LVL stands for length, volume, lift it's the product branding by Nouveau. Nouveau offers training for lash lift called 'LVL lash lift', which is the same method as what Salon System or Lashbase offers. Nouvenau has copyrighted "LVL LENGTH VOLUME LIFT" to prevent anyone else from using it in their advertising. The method for this treatment is the same. It's lift, perm, set, tint, nourish. Each training company just calls it something different. Lots of beauty salons will advertise it differently depending on who they trained with. Hope this clears that up!

Brands available – All these brands use the same technique pretty much just a different company name. Some people include tint. The current guidance is that it’s fine to tint and perm on the same appointment.

LVL lash lift – LVL lashes
salon systems - (brand I use in my Norfolk salon)


Are there different ways you can lift them?

A have a mix of different silicone eyelid shields available to create various lifts/ curls. The small shields give the highest lift meaning, if you do it too much the hairs can tickle your eyelids! The large shields give a more subtle/ natural lift. There are also more rounded shields giving a curl similar to the ones you get with eyelash curlers. Be careful when picking a shield type it’s not a great look when the lashes almost fold back on themselves and then takes time to correct.

Shields and rods

Your lashes are lifted using a plastic shield placed and secured on your eyelid. The shields I personally stock are Large, extra large, medium, small and extra small. Small giving the most lift and dramatic look. Your natural lashes are secured onto the shield and then set using perming and setting solutions. Just like you would perm the hair on your head. There are also rods available, to curl your lashes around, which give a curved appearance. However, it’s a lot more modern to have an eyelash lift now.


Before the appointment

Please arrive for this treatment with no eye make-up on as any make-up left on like mascara can interfere with the treatment. Also, it’s very timely for me to remove your make-up for you and I would hate to rush the procedure.


I can’t decide on whether to book in for lash lift or lash extensions?

They both have the advance of giving a semi-permanent look. They can both make your lashes black or dark brown, giving a fuller look (if tint is included in lift appointment). The only real difference is a lash lift won’t thicken your natural lashes, it simply lifts them. The extensions can have curly lashes applied to give them the lifted look. Most people find they want to apply a little bit of mascara still with the eyelash lift.

A lash lift is better for people with less time. It’s a one-hour appointment every 6 weeks. The extensions are normally infill appointments every 2-3 wks for one hour.

The eyelash lift is cheaper long term as it’s only one appointment every 6 weeks at my Norfolk salon. This might not be the same at other salons.

The lash lift has no real aftercare after the first day. Just keep away from water as it can cause the lashes to drop for the first 12 hours. However, it is advised to apply castor oil daily to your lashes to nourish them. I personally use an old cleaned out mascara tube and pour castor oil into it, applying nightly before bed on both my lashes and brow hairs. You can wash your lashes as normal with the lash lift.

Eyelash extensions need to be cleaned and kept away from oils. Oils from sweat as well of creams in oils can cause the glue to come away from the natural lash. This needs to be done gently with oil-free cleaning solution.

Suited for:
A lash lift is ideal for sporty people who are very active and have little time.


  • Avoid mascara for 8 hours
  • Avoid steam or hot shower for 24 hours (relaxes perm and could drop)
  • Don't rub eyes
  • Use nourishing lotion on your lashes after perm like caster oil.
  • Rebook for 4-6 weeks for your next eyelash lift.

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