Lifted hacks for beginners

Want some additional tips on how to improve your lash lifts? Take a look at this helpful list of pointers from lash trainer Julie Sandy, for her best advice for those starting out!

Besides the usual instructions,  these tips are really handy on achieving the best possible outcome with your lash-lifts.  As with most products and courses, you can’t learn all these handy little tricks, without making a few mistakes along the way and I wish I’d known these useful pieces of information when I first started out!

KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR CLIENT
Keep checking your work from the side of the client – this can make a huge difference as it’s easier to spot if direction of lashes onto the shield on both eyes is the same and if you’re close enough to the lash line with your solutions, rather than only checking from behind the client’s head.

GET YOUR PLACEMENTS
Shield placement to lash line – check carefully that no skin is sneaking through between the base of the shield and lash line, as it could cause the result to look different on one eye – check the placement is exactly the same on both eyes.

TO MUCH GLUE
Too much bonding gel in one area? Remember these products are water soluble, so if one area looks ‘crusty’ from too much gel, redo that area (before applying solutions) by removing the gel with damp (not wet) cotton buds and re-sticking – it’s so worth it and will mean the solutions will penetrate the lashes more successfully.

TAKE YOUR TIME
Don’t skip on taking time to perfect isolation. This is probably the most important step to take your time with (especially when you’re new) as remember any criss cross lashes will stay that way for weeks and missed lashes may spoil the overall finish. Check from the side – this makes it easier to see any that have fallen down or come loose.

TINT, TINT, TINT
Tint – Especially when tinting fair lashes, you want to get right to the base of the lashes, but not risk getting tint in the eyes. Apply the tint slightly above the base and ‘push it down’ with a micropore stick or flock tipped applicator. These helps avoid the tint clumping near the base and seeping into the eyes.

TAKE A NOTE ON TIMING
Decant or prepare your next solution, whilst the other one is still working a minute or 2 before applying it. So for example, don’t wait until removing step 1, before getting step 2 ready to go, similarly, you can mix up your tint a couple of minutes before removing the fixing solution. All these little shortcuts can make a difference to your overall treatment time.

ADDED EXTRAS
Consider adding extra revenue to your treatment, by providing additional add-ons like a nail tidy/file or hand massage (if you’re qualified), as this gives the client a truly pampered experience and encourages repeat business. It also helps the treatment time fly.

SERUM RETAIL
Serum – if you were regularly colouring your hair, you wouldn’t hesitate using a nourishing conditioner and it’s no different for clients having repeat Lash lifts. Explain to them that it will replace lost moisture and nutrients, as well as keeping the lashes in great condition – this makes it much easier to retail, as you are offering excellent aftercare advice, rather than a hard sell.

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