Welcome back, lash boss! Ah, volume eyelash extensions…the lashes of our dreams. If you’ve never done lash extensions before (but want to), you do classic eyelash extensions, or you do volume lashes, but haven’t quite found the perfect method yet, this blog post is for you. By the end of it, you’re either going to feel totally empowered to start your lash journey, or you’re going to master volume lashes with this technique. Any lash artist can do this method, and luckily, this technique works for whatever fan style you’re going for. You know, you’re a lash artist for a reason, so let’s get you expressing yourself through fans! This technique is called the pinch method. Why? Because you literally pinch the lashes to make a fan.
Step 1 | Pull Lashes off the Strip
Put your tweezers on the top and bottom of the lashes, right above the sticky strip that the lashes are attached to. This is the time to decide how big you want your fan to be. Think about the natural lash that you’re going to put the fan on, and the look that the client wants to go for. Do you want the fan to be more dense or more narrow? The more lashes you pull, the bigger the fan. The less you pull, the smaller.
Pull the chunk of lashes off of the sticky strip, towards you and up.
Remember, the quality of both the lashes and tweezers you use will affect the fans, and even the way they pull off of the strip!
Step 2 | Pinch the Base of the Lashes
Point the tips of your thumb and index fingers toward your chest, so they’re perpendicular to you. We think that this is the easiest way to pinch the base of the fan to get the desired result. As you pinch the base of the group of lashes, slightly release pressure on the tweezers, allowing the lashes to move.
Our lash babe Justine thinks that pressing the tip of the tweezer into your thumb, helps you maintain control of the lashes, even when you release pressure on the tweezers. It also can help twist or direct the lashes in whatever direction you need them to go.
Step 3 | Dip the Fan into the Adhesive
Once you have the base of that fan snatched, dip it into the adhesive very lightly. Remember, there’s an adhesive sweet spot. Too much can weigh down the natural lashes and can make them clumpy or even affect your isolation, but too little will have your client coming back complaining about poor retention. Glue that baby onto your client’s natural lash, and voila! A gorgeous fan, soon to be joined by all the other fans you’ll be pinching into existence.
Do you like watching bomb videos about lashing? Do you wish you could see this particular method in action? Well I have just the thing for you. Check out the video below!
Stay tuned for more blogs, because I want to give you more fan-making methods!