For this week’s blog and eyelash training topic, we wanted to share an easy-to-follow tutorial on lash mapping and introduce the technique (if you haven’t heard of it before or don’t already use it). Mapping works great for the application semi-permanent lashes and can be a helpful tool to ensure your finished product is symmetrical, balanced, and effectively applied for a natural look.
The Materials You Will Need
Luckily, you will really only need two products (in addition to the eyelash extensions)— eye gel pads and a thin-tipped marker or pen. Because certain markers can give off strong or off-putting vapors, we recommend something that won’t cause any irritation to your client’s eyes since it will be so close.
For your chosen extensions, make sure to have at least three different sizes on hand to increase the balance necessary for a natural finished product.
Important Lash Mapping Steps
First, you will need to brainstorm or use a template to determine the design of the extensions. This means selecting lengths and locations ahead of time, since this is the information that will be ‘mapped’ on the gel pad.
Once the creative part of the process is complete, place the gel pad directly underneath your client’s lower eyelid, so that when the eyes are closed, their lashes lay evenly above. Then, with the design and specific lengths in mind, use your pen or marker to lightly note the location of each extension on the gel pad.
You can then proceed with applying the extensions, using the map as a guide. We told you the process is simple, and that’s really all there is to it!
Benefits to Lash Mapping
Although freehand lash application is always an option, there are quite a few benefits to utilizing lash mapping for some or all of your clients. Firstly and most importantly, your symmetry will be improved (as was mentioned before). This helps achieve any design, from sexy to elegant, that your client could want. Additionally, although the mapping process seems tedious, it actually simplifies the application process and templates can be made ahead of time if necessary.
For more information on other eyelash extensions techniques, make sure to visit our online training center at Lash Like a Pro where you can download our helpful guide FREE after you join our training!