5 Mistakes Beginner Lash Artists Make

We all graduate from our lash certificate course full of ambition and buzz. But what we find often after having a couple of ‘real clients (this excludes family and friends who are just happy to get free lashes)’ is that there are SO MANY things we don't know how to handle!

If you’re struggling as a beginner lash artist, you’re not alone. To help bring you peace of mind, our experts have put together common mistakes that beginner lash artists make, and how to correct them.

Continue reading to learn how to dramatically improve your lashing techniques by correcting small details!  

Not placing eyepatches correctly

how to place under eye patch for eyelash extension

Eyepatches! This seemingly simple step can create a cascade of problems if not done properly.

If the eyepatches are placed incorrectly it will be extremely uncomfortable for your client it will also lift up the inner corner lashes, resulting in the wrong distance and an overall messy look when your client opens their eyes. 

What’s very important is that the eyepatches should never ever be touching the waterline. This could lead to a chemical burn or even bruising on the eyes. 

Tip 1. One of the main reasons for the bloodshot eyes is placing the pads too near to the eye and scratching the eyeballs. To prevent this, place the pads at least 1-2mm below the bottom waterline (the line of skin between the eyelashes and the eye).

How To Use Under-Eye Patches 101

Tip 2. In case the pads don't fit on your client's face shape and create air pockets between skin and the pad, which leads to a bad grip, you can also cut the bottom bit of the pads before attach them.

How to cut eye patch for lash extensions to fit

Our final tip for beginner lash artists is to (1) choose the right under-eye pads for the right shape of eyes, and to (2) choose high-quality eye pads that hold the bottom lashes well as well as (3) choose ones that don’t have too many added ingredients that could cause irritations to your client’s eyes. 

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Using too much or too little adhesive

If you have been wondering why your client's lashes are not lasting as long as they should be, it is probably because of the amount of lash extension glue you’re using.

So firstly, do not swipe the lash in the glue, this will just create a film of adhesive on the extension and will dry before it gets a good grip on the lash.

At the same time, you don’t want a ball of adhesive on the extension! More glue is not going to make longer retention. To make sure you're using the correct amount, dip the extension into the middle of the glue dot, and slowly slide out. You want a small coating covering 2mm from the bottom of the lash extension.

Tip: When you have too much glue on the extension, do not wipe it off on a glue palette or gel pads! Just dip the extension into the middle of the glue dot, and slowly slide out. It’ll adjust to the right amount of glue.

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Taking too much time to isolate the “perfect lash”

Have you ever noticed you spent quite a bit of time searching for that one perfect lash? Well, this is actually very common! A lot of new lash artists take a long time searching and isolating lashes. Of course, we all want to lash only the textbook-perfect natural lashes. But remember whether you like it or not, your goal here is to add an extension on every single natural lash.  

If you find it difficult to isolate lashes horizontally, working your way through vertically first can be helpful. 

Tips: If a short natural lash keeps messing with your isolation (and your mind), use a “guide lash” to get it out of your way.

Attach a 0.07mm thin extension on the tiny natural lash so it is more visible and controllable. You’ll find isolation to be much easier because now you can see and set aside the tiny lash.

lash extension isolation tip

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Wrong placement of the lash extensions

Distance from the lid is wrong

Getting the correct distance from the lid is tricky and requires a lot of practice to get it perfect. They are either too close to the lid or too far off. (<- both are bad!) This is one of the most common mistakes beginner lash artists make. Lash Extensions must be placed 0.5mm away from the skin along the lash line.   

Eyelash extension attachment and distance tip

Not enough bonding area

No matter what curl, length, the direction you use, it’s important to make sure the base of the lash extension is fully attached to the natural lash, at least 2mm.

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Brushing too much and too often 

Yes, we want our clients’ lashes to be absolutely perfect at any time. But sometimes we just have to hold back on the brushing. One thing that tends to take up too much unnecessary application time, especially with newer lash technicians, is fluffing lashes as they’re applied. 

tips for beginner lash artists

If you think your excessive brushing is caused by anxiety and uncertainty about the design, make sure you write down the lash mapping (including the curls and lengths) on the under-eye pads before starting the application.

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Eyelash Extension checklist

Setting off as a lash artist can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! We created the following checklist to help your lash journey easier.

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