Guide to Good Eyelash Extensions

March 24, 2015 Posted by Sherri Yvette - 4 Comments

With so many great lash extension specials out there on Amazon, Groupon, Living Social, Yelp and more, how do you know whom to choose? As a lash stylist, I have had to fix many sub-par lash jobs and it’s disappointing to know that the client had no idea they had a bad lash job. Me, being the optimist, I would like to first focus on the positive. I list the following rules in order of how they should occur in your mind as a guide for you.

Rule #1: Make sure your lash stylist has the proper certification and licensing.

The laws in the states have changed. At first, states didn’t require lash stylists to be a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist but states have been putting stricter rules as it applies to lash extension technicians. You want to make sure your lash stylist has the proper sanitation procedures of his/her tools and making sure everything they are using on you is clean and sanitized. These are your eyes we are talking about here! I live in Georgia, and recently laws were passed that require lash stylists to be licensed estheticians or cosmetologists. Make sure your lash stylist’s license is displayed in plain view in their facility (this is a state requirement!). I am a licensed cosmetologist and proudly keep my license information in a frame in my studio. Make sure whomever you chose does the same, or can show you theirs. In addition to a proper license, your lash stylist should have been trained by a reputable lash extension company and also have the experience.  Ask your lash stylist how long they have been doing lashes and about how many clients they have worked on.  After my lash certification course, I apprenticed under an amazing lash stylist when I got started and had to take more than 10 models before I could start charging for my services. Even after that I apprenticed for almost a year before I was comfortable working completely on my own.  Make sure your lash stylist has similar experience!

Rule #2: Have a proper consultation.

Consultations are a must. I have been surprised when I have new clients who come to me from other lash shops who tell me that their prior stylist never talked to them about what was used on them, what to expect, etc. This is a process that is both exciting and can make you a little nervous at the same time. A proper consultation shouldn’t take too long and should include your lash stylist asking you some questions about the following:

  • Health history
  • Eyelash enhancement experience
  • Medical history
  • Allergies
  • Eyesight corrective enhancements (contacts/glasses/lasik surgery)
  • Length and volume preference
  • Daily makeup and skincare routine

During the consultation, your stylist should also explain and share with you which length of lash extension he/she will use on you.  You should be involved in this process so you have a good idea of how your lashes will look once the service is complete and you open up those beautiful eyes!

Rule #3: Lay still and enjoy your lash experience!

The lash experience should be both relaxing and painless. Many times clients fall asleep during the procedure. Falling asleep actually helps your lash stylist as they can focus more and your face isn’t moving at all. It’s completely up to you if you want to stay awake but most times people fall asleep. What else are you going to do with your eyes closed for 2 hours? Your lash stylist should make you feel comfortable throughout your entire lash experience. I offer my clients a nice warm blanket to lay under during their lashing, if they prefer it. This almost always puts everyone to sleep! Please understand that this procedure takes the FULL two hours.  If you are unable to lay still and relaxed for that amount of time, then you may not be fully pleased with your results.  Remember, the more time your lash stylist has to complete this procedure, the fuller your lashes will look.  You should also turn your ringer off on your phone so you can fully relax and enjoy your lash service.

Rule #4: Talk to your lash stylist about after care, after your lash experience is complete.

Your lash stylist should consult you on after-care by the time your lashing is complete. This is something I talk to my clients about after their lashing is complete. Sometimes I mention it during or before the lashing but most times clients retain it the most once the appointment is almost over. Here are some after care tips I share with my clients:

Within the first 24 hours:

  • Avoid getting water or steam near your lashes
  • Avoid wearing any eye makeup
  • Avoid touching lashes or rubbing eyes

After 24 hours:

  • Avoid playing with, pulling or picking at eyelash extensions
  • Avoid all waterproof makeup products
  • If you decide to wear mascara, apply to the tips only
  • Avoid oil-based products. Make sure your makeup remover is oil-free.
  • Gently cleanse your lashes with an oil-free makeup remover or baby shampoo
  • Remove all eye makeup daily
  • Excessive steam or sauna can shorten the duration of your eyelash extension wear
  • Get lashes touched up every 2-3 weeks
  • Enjoy waking up everyday in your lashes with no mascara needed!

Rule #5: Keep your lashes squeaky clean and brush them daily.

Clean your lashes daily if you wear a lot of makeup, a few times a week regardless of wearing makeup or not. Always clean them before your lash appointment. Sometimes you may think that cleaning your lashes will make them fall out and not last you as long between your touch up appointments. While your lash extensions look seamless to the naked eye, if you were to look at them under a microscope there would be a small space between where the lash extension is applied to your natural lash. Dirty lashes can hold bacteria in this space. Bacteria can cause infection such as conjunctivitis and blepharitis and infection is bad. Getting an infection can cause you to have to have your lash extensions removed for a while or permanently. Blepharitis is an infection of the eyelash follicles and is usually accompanied by an overgrowth of Bacteria called staphylococcus. Symptoms may include: burning, grittiness, sensitivity to light and crusting or redness of the eyelid margins. It has also been associated with styes. About 30% of the general population suffers from this condition (either knowingly or unknowingly.[1]

Dirty lashes can also loosen the glue bond, which leads to premature shedding, no one wants to lose more lashes, faster than necessary! So what’s the best way to clean your lashes and remove makeup?

  • Use an oil-free makeup remover or baby shampoo, lather the product in your hands to make a soapy foam and gently glide your fingers across your lash line. Use your fingertips to clean your lashes. They should glide over them easily. I recommend Chrissanthe Eyelid Cleanser. I sell this in my studio and highly recommend it to my clients. Chrissanthe eyelid cleanser is a unique cleansing formula that not only effectively removes eye make-up (even waterproof mascara) but also facilitates the mechanical removal of secretions/crusting on the eyelids arising from conditions such as blepharitis.[1]  This cleanser also:
    • Gently but effectively removes eye make-up.
    • Hypo-allergenic
    • Contains a pH balanced foaming agent.
  • If you have mascara or other eye makeup on, you can take a makeup remover wipe and press into your lashes at the lash line to dissolve the makeup. Makeup wipes are not recommended as they contain cotton lint and can snag the lashes. If you insist upon using them don’t swipe back and forth across the lashes, just press and try to dissolve the makeup
  • Avoid using cotton swabs, pads or anything with cotton. Cotton can cause an exothermic reaction with the eyelash adhesive. This means heat! This can cause tremendous irritation to your eyes.
  • Your lash stylist should offer you a clean mascara spoolie for you to use to brush through your lashes. You can brush through them as often as you want to keep them straight and tidy. As your lashes grow out, they may get unruly. Especially in the mornings.

I hope these tips help you in making a decision to enjoy the wonderful benefits of lash extensions. Do your homework on the lash studio you are considering and make sure your stylist has the credentials and experience necessary to perform this beauty service. If you have any questions feel free to email me anytime at

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