What Every Makeup Artist Needs to Know About Offering Lash Application Services

A tube of mascara just doesn’t cut it anymore. Today’s lash-obsessed women with visions of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe or, more recently, Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry, know that when it comes to achieving thick, luscious lashes worthy of a runway or fashion editorial, there’s simply no substitute for faking it.

If you want to take your beauty career to the next level and earn yourself a reputation for being the answer to women’s thin, scrawny lash woes, then you must become an expert in the art of lash extensions.

Here’s what you’ll want to know:

Creating the Perfect Lashes: What You Need to Know About False Eyelashes and Eyelash Extensions

When it comes to faking it in the lash department, you have two options:

False Eyelashes Eyelash Extensions

False Eyelashes

False eyelashes are strip or cluster eyelashes that are glued to the top lid, over the natural eyelashes. Depending on the eyelash adhesive, false eyelashes can last anywhere from a day to a week or more. They can also be removed and worn again. False eyelashes can be synthetic, silk, or mink.

Some false eyelashes are applied in segments, thereby allowing you to apply just one or two segments to add volume, or an entire strip to create a full strip lash look.

False eyelashes are generally inexpensive and easy to apply, making them a convenient option for photo shoots and special events.

Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions are glued to the natural lashes, one by one. They are often called semi-permanent eyelashes, because they last between two and three months, shedding only when the natural eyelash falls out. Refilling eyelash extensions every two to three weeks allows clients to maintain their natural look.

There are three types of eyelash extensions and a number of pros and cons associated with each:

Synthetic Eyelash Extensions:

Synthetic eyelash extensions are made from a polished acrylic material. They are more durable than natural eyelash extensions and tend to be shinier and glossier. The firm structure of synthetic eyelashes allows them to hold their curl.

Synthetic eyelash extensions come in a variety of widths, curls, and lengths. Synthetic eyelash extensions are ideal for clients with healthy, dense lashes. However, because they are heavier than natural lash extensions, they tend to fall out sooner.

One of the most popular eyelash extensions are faux mink eyelash extensions. These extensions are made from a poly-fiber, and they come in a variety of lengths, diameters, and curls. They are very flexible and offer a glossy, bold look.

Silk Eyelash Extensions:

Silk eyelash extensions are considered mid-weight extensions—not as heavy as synthetic lashes but not as light as mink lashes. The fine texture of silk eyelash extensions makes them softer and more flexible than synthetic eyelash extensions, thereby allowing them to last longer. They also tend to look more natural than synthetic extensions.

Because silk eyelashes are lightweight, they are an ideal option for clients with weak or fine lashes. Similar to synthetic lashes, silk eyelash extensions come in a variety of curls and lengths.

Mink Eyelash Extensions

Real mink eyelash extensions come from the tail of the Siberian mink or the Chinese mink. These lashes provide an incredibly soft, natural look.

Mink lashes are the lightest of all lash extensions, which means they also last the longest. However, they are also the most expensive, ranging anywhere from $300 to $500 per set.