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

Small

Medium

Large

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.

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

 

what shield to use lash lift
This image has 9mm eyelash extensions stuck on each shield. The shields are very ‘clean’ from Barbicide, but stained from tint! Also wet glue.

lash shields

 

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.

kink with lash lift
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!