At what point is asking for what you need, asking too much?
a post for lash artists
It's so important to be clear and direct when communicating with your clients. This is a good post for lash artists to read and understand. It's a territory that many new artists will struggle with. Legit, I know I did, and for valid reasons. Perhaps your client is relaxed or completely asleep, and you don't want to disturb them. Better yet, maybe you don't even know what to ask of them.
Here are some helpful tips to make your lash session run smoothly.
CAFFEINE | ask your clients to avoid caffeine a minimum of 12 hours before the appointment (I like to say the same day of the appointment) and this will prevent their eye lids from fluttering.
With that being said, on days I lash, I don't drink caffeine. It can cause your hands to twitch or shake when you're forced to be very still. It can also make sitting through a long set difficult by causing you to shift in your seat or feel tempted to move around. This is advice for caffeine sensitive ones, Whattup!
MOVE BACK | ask your client to slide back as close as possible to you when they first lay down. I like to have the pillow they lay their head on touch my body around chest level. This allows you to see better by eliminating distance and you won't stress your shoulder/trapezius muscle by trying to reach their eye. Adjust the height of your chair so that your legs fit under the bed. You don't want to sit so low that your shoulders stay contracted upwards to reach their eyes.
CHIN UP | ask them to tilt their chin to the sky to ensure you can see the root of the lash. This is going to help you place the extension at a proper distance (recommended: .05mm from the eyelid on inner and outer corners and 1mm from the eyelid for the rest of the eye.) If you look closely in this blog post photo you'll see that due to improper client positioning, I misjudged the distance from the skin. This is a learning curve guys, I'm learning how to improve everyday! As clients get comfortable or fall asleep their chin will drop. Having a travel pillow or a custom lash pillow will help.
TILT THE HEAD | this has proven to be most helpful when working on the eye opposite of your dominate hand. If the left eye is a struggle for you right-handed artists (I know it was and is for me) ask them to turn their head to the RIGHT when you begin the left. This will bring the shape of their eye into a closer position and allow the curvature of their nose to get out of the damn way!
When working on the right eye outer corner lashes, ask them to tilt their head to the left (and vice versa) so that the side of their head will be in the center of your vision and pillow. This prevents you from turning your head and neck to see. I lightly guide their head with my finger pressure and the client gets the hint.
CHEEKBONE | learn that it is OK and even RECOMMENDED for you to use a stabilizer finger to lean on the cheekbone. This will give those with shaking hands stability and set you up for a better bond. Making sure the bases are attached and the extension points in the right direction is very difficult if your hand is floating above the head (guilty tho). Rest your wrist gently on their forehead when working on the left eye. My friend says leaning the outside of her palm on the forehead above the nose/on the right eyebrow is helpful when placing on the left eye. For the right eye, I place a finger on their right upper cheekbone to balance.
TALKING | It's important the client knows the negative impact talking can have on lashing. And it's ok to tell them if you prefer to limit talking.
The gel pads can slide out of place, exposing finer baby lashes from the lower lash line. This can case the gel pad to swell and create a stinging sensation. If your client ever mentions they feel stinging, lif the lashes and check if the gel pads have gone past the waterline. If they've swollen lower them and place a new piece of tape over top to prevent the gel from leaking. To lower: gently grasp the pad and pull down away from the eye. Once the gel pad is low enough secure it with a small piece of tape on their cheek. Also note, through talking carefully placed tape can become too close to the eye causing a bruise on the sclera or client discomfort.
TAPE THE EYELIDS | when clients have down turned or straight lashes, it's imperative to lift the lashes off the pad. Take 1 cm of skin tape and place it vertically, right above the lash line, in the center of the lid (above where the pupil would be) with the clients eye closed. Gently pull toward you a TINY bit and secure the tape near their eye brow. It's ok to use a longer piece and secure above the brow, or below it. Check with a dental mirror that the clients eye can comfortably close so you avoid fume exposure during application. Some artists prefer two pieces of tape in an X formation on the eye lid to help raise the natural lashes away from the gel pad.