There are eyelash extension tools and products that lash artists might refer to as “extras”… and then, there are MUST-HAVE tools and products that lash artists couldn’t lash without! Below I break down the essentials and why you need them for lash extensions. I will also briefly talk about the extras and how they enhance your service.
MUST-HAVE EYELASH EXTENSION SUPPLIES
Tweezers are an essential tool for lashing. You must have two pairs of tweezers to complete a lash service. Why, you ask? The first set of tweezers, isolation tweezers, are strictly for “isolating” each natural lash to ensure a clean application. This means that no other natural lash or extension, other than the one being applied, will attach to the natural lash you have chosen. Isolation tweezers work to single out your natural lash of choice for a flawless application. They are ergonomically designed to ensure this.
The next set of tweezers that you need are lashing tweezers. Yes, this means you will have isolation tweezers in one hand and lashing tweezers in your other hand. You’ use the lash tweezers to pick up and apply the lash extensions. These tweezers can be straight tweezers, which are used for classic lashes, or they can be L-shaped or curved tweezers, which are used for volume lashes.
Because you will use these on every single client for every single service, you may want to invest in tweezers that you love and trust. It will be worth it!
Well, duh! Eyelash extensions are essential for every service, and something you will also want to invest in. Clients wear them all day every day and will notice if you go the cheap route, and some may not take too kindly to it! Invest in some good quality lashes that will hold their curl while still looking natural.
Eyelash Extension Tape
For those of you who don’t lash quite yet, you may be thinking, “Tape? What the heck?” Well it’s going to become your best friend…believe me! Tape is used prior to lashing to hold down stubborn bottom lashes. Without tape, lower lashes criss-cross with the upper lashes, which could result in a client’s eye getting glued shut. That’s just not good for business.
Medical safe tape that’s gentle enough to use around the delicate eye area is best.
Having these babies on hand throughout your service will keep your lashes upright, in order, and separated. Without brushing your the lashes, they may fully adhere at a strange angle, or worse… STICK! Lash brushes are good for so many reason, but their number one purpose is to ensure everything is staying separated. You may run into a sticky (literally) situation that a lash brush can’t get you out of, but 90% of the time your lash brushes will have your back.
Primer and Microbrushes
You need primer to apply to every lash, for every client, for every service! Why? Because primer ensures that all debris and oils are stripped from the lashes prior to application. This will make a huge difference in your client’s retention, particularly because once they walk out the door we don’t know what they do or how they treat their lashes. It is up to them to follow the guidelines for optimal retention. We can’t control every aspect of retention, but one thing we can do is use primer.
If a client has leftover mascara and oils on their lashes when you apply their lash extensions, the adhesive won’t last. So what do we do? We use primer! And we apply the primer with microbrushes! Using a q-tip or any other method may result in lint particles on your client’s lashes or dripping of product! Based on personal experience, I can tell you that primer BURNS if it seeps into your eye. So do everyone a favor and just keep those two things handy: primer and microbrushes.
Now, the thing that will hold everything together, literally! Adhesive is probably the most important part of each service. Finding an adhesive that you can trust is vital to your career. Research your options and make sure you have a good adhesive ready for every single service.
EYELASH EXTENSION EXTRAS
There are so many things that you can invest in to enhance each service, as well as your clients experience and even their retention. I am only going to mention a few, but I am going to do so in order of how you should prioritize them:
1. Eyelash Adhesive Remover
You will need remover once you start lashing, but it isn’t needed for every service. You will benefit from having it in cases where you have a client come in with not-so-good lash work (meaning their lashes are completely jacked!). Some clients may even just want their lashes removed for various reasons. This is something you should prepare for.
2. Eye Pads
Eye pads will make the appointment so much for comfortable for your client. And, girl, your client’s comfort is the MOST IMPORTANT! Eye pads will also ensure that all of those little bottom-lashes stay tucked and secure.
3. Lash Tile and Crystal Stone
These have two completely different uses, but they fall into the same category here because they work well together.
A lash tile will help keep you organized by giving you easy access to your lashes and keeping track of what is where. A crystal stone is your solution to “Where do I put my adhesive?” It’ll keep your adhesive fresh for longer and it regulates the temperature.
4. Nano Mister
Nano misters speed up the adhesive’s curing process and cut the window of recommended “drying time” from 24-48 hours, down to 4-10 hours! They are pretty cool and definitely an extra you should consider looking into.
The Lash Professional’s Educator and Ambassador Julie blogged about how to seal lash extensions with a nano mister. She explains how they work and why you would benefit from having one. If you have some extra time, I highly recommend reading her post. And if you have some extra money, I would highly recommend investing in one!
Lashing ain’t easy. But this should make it easier to track down must-have eyelash extension tools and products! And if you’re looking for a one-stop-shop, check out The Lash Professional’s eyelash extension starter kit, complete with everything you need to start your lashing journey — happy lashing!