Creating Lash Magic: A Guide to Mixing Eyelash Extension Curls
Let’s get straight down to it - mixing lash curls can be the difference between a ‘meh’ lash set, and your lash set going viral on social media! Only using one curl through your sets is all so well and good, but there’s a LOT to be said for mixing and matching your lash curls in each set! By mixing lash curls you can:
- Make each set unique for each client
- Flatter the eyes perfectly
- Add pops of colour into your lash sets
- Give clients extra lift in the outer corners
- Create a perfectly even top line
Let’s start with some of the more common curls, just to get warmed up, and then we’ll discuss those tricker, more unusual curls. These tips go for Classic lash extensions, Russian Volume lashes and even hybrid extensions, so whatever stage of your lash career you’re at bear these in mind if you’re yet to dabble in curl combinations!
Mixing C, CC & D
Let’s say your client has very curly and uplifted lashes in the inner and outer corners, but they sit a little straighter through the middle section. Using CC curls in the middle and C curls on those curlier lashes will give them all the lift they need in the middle section without creating any annoying eyebrow-tickling over-lift in the corners.
Similarly, if your client’s lashes grow downwards in the outer corners you can use C and/or CC through the main part of the lashes, and then swap into a D curl to give the outer corners some lift.
Using M & L curls
Now for the less common curls - M curl lashes and L curl lashes can be a bit daunting if you’ve not used them before, but they give such a cool, eye catching look so knowing how and when to use them will be so great for you, your business, and your social media!
M and L curls might seem like specialist curls but they can be used for pretty much everyone - it just comes down to how you mix them in with other curls, and how they interact with the client’s natural lashes.
Whenever you use an M or L curl, it’s advisable to start with C curls in the inner corners. How far you lash with C curls will depend on how dramatic of a look you’re looking to create - if you’re going for a wet look, swapping to an L/M curl a bit earlier on in the lash line would create a spikier, more dramatic look. Staying with a C curl for longer and swapping into an L/M curl towards the end of the eye will give you a stunning eyeliner effect with a beautiful flick!
Lastly, it’s a good idea to mix curls when you want to incorporate some colour into your lash sets - take your coloured lashes in a C curl and apply them to the bottom layer of your lash set to add a little something extra! When you add those coloured fans/spikes you can either blend them in with the top line by using the same lengths as in your map, or if you want them to stand out a little more, use spikes that are 2-3mm longer than the black lashes in your set.
In many ways, the way you mix your curls comes down to creativity as much as it does your clients' natural lashes. While mixing curls is always a good idea in terms of creating that unique set to enhance each client’s natural beauty, there’s no hard and fast rule as to how many curls we can mix - grab yourself some mixed length trays in a variety of curls, and see what kinds of looks you can create!