Classic Lash Application

1. Before starting the treatment, you should ensure that the client knows what to expect from the treatment and understands what results to expect. Make sure your consultation was thorough and your client has filled it out correctly.

2. When the client is ready position them carefully so that they are comfortable. The application of eyelash extensions can be a long treatment so they should be as relaxed as possible. Make sure the back of the couch is slightly elevated and the head is supported with a pillow and a blanket is available if the client gets cold.

3. Make sure that the clients hair and clothes are protected and remove any natural oils from the eyelashes by cleansing with eye make-up remover, and prime. Check that the client is comfortable at regular intervals throughout the treatment and offer any reassurances about the procedure if the client needs them.

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4. To make the application quicker and easier, ensure the clients eyelashes are dry and untangled by combing them through. Starting at the base of the eyelashes, gently sweep the teeth of the comb upwards through the lashes.

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5. Take an eye-shield and remove the backing. As the client looks upwards, hold the skin around the lower eye taut and apply the eye-shield over the lower lashes of each eye. You should ensure that this fits comfortably, that it is flush to the eye contour and that all of the lower lashes are covered so as not to interfere in the rest of the treatment. Periodically throughout the treatment you should release the shield to prevent any lashes sticking to it.

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6. Straighten the lashes by combing through them again and then ask the client to close their eyes. They must now keep them closed for the duration of the treatment.

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7. Select the lashes that you wish to use and place them on your lash pad.

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8. Dispense the amount of adhesive you require into a container that is easy to access. You will need to assess the quantity of lash extensions that you think will be required to give a balanced and well proportioned look. For a normal application you should be aiming to use approximately 40-50 lash extensions per eye. If the client requires a more dramatic look then you can use anything up to 70 lash extensions per eye. The client should be made aware that the treatment will take substantially longer if this is the case.

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9. Position yourself behind the client and isolate the natural eyelash by holding the tweezers at a 45 degree angle in your non-working hand.

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10. Pick up your desired lash extension using pointed tweezers in your working hand and apply adhesive to two-thirds of its length from the base by dragging it through the container.

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11. Run the lash extension up the natural eyelash in order to coat it with adhesive. You should avoid the adhesive coming into contact with the skin.

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12. Secure the lash approximately 1mm from the base of the eyelash ensuring there are no gaps between the two. The lash extension should be completely bonded to the eyelash so that the two appear blended and natural and should follow the direction of the natural eyelash.

There are two main working methods for applying individual lash extensions. The first allows the application to start on the outside of the eye working in with intervals between each application. Each lash application should be alternated between each eye. This can help to create symmetry of both eyes as you are applying lashes in the same places one after the other, however, this can sometimes be difficult to balance.

 

Another accepted working method is to work through one eye completely before moving on to the other. This begins in the middle of the lash line before moving to the outermost lash, and then halfway between the two, and then halfway between the two again. This can be a harder look to replicate on the other eye and lashes that are still drying can get knocked by continually working on others around it. However, this can make for a quicker application if sufficient care is taken.

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13. The positioning of the lashes should be spaced along the lash line to create a balanced effect. If the lashes are too close together they can adhere to each other during the treatment.

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14. Only one lash should be applied to each eyelash to prevent any extension becoming too heavy for the natural eyelash. Should this happen, the growth of the natural eyelash may be affected and it could cause a loss of eyelashes.

 

Eyelashes will be lost through the hair growth cycle, so you should ensure that you apply enough lash extensions to sustain the effect until the clients maintenance appointment.

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15. Once the lashes have been applied you should gently comb them through to prevent them sticking together. You should then apply a protective sealer to coat the adhesive.

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16. Finally, remove the eye-shields starting at the outside of the eye. Check that the lash extensions give a balanced and well proportioned look suitable for the clients requirements.

 

  • If you encounter any problems during the treatment these can easily be resolved. Any excess adhesive on the lashes should be removed immediately using an applicator. If the adhesive has been given chance to dry you will need to separate the lashes using a small applicator covered in solvent.

 

  • If the lashes are crossing this is probably because the lashes are too long, and so may need replacing with a shorter length. It may also be due to the lashes being applied too high up the natural eyelash, and so will need moving closer to the base.

 

  • If lashes are coming off then it is most likely that not enough adhesive has been applied. This could also be due to the eyelashes not be cleansed properly or the lash being incorrectly placed on the eyelash.

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17. When you have completed the treatment, show the results to the client using a mirror and check that they are happy.

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