Let's Discuss Three Different Ways to Apply Natural Lash Extensions
It’s quite easy to assume that each and every client will want dramatic lash sets with spikes, wispy flicks and dense volume - it’s what we see most of on social media, after all. But there’s a lot to be said for natural lash extensions, so it’s really important that you know which products to use, and what counts as ‘natural’ when it comes to eyelash extensions. Consulting with your client before treatment is one of the most important steps to finding out what they want from their lash extensions.
What Are Natural Eyelash Extensions
Natural lash extensions will look a bit different from client to client - for some clients it will be a super light classic set with 0.10 extensions, for some it could be 0.15 classics, and for others it might be 2D 0.07 volume lashes. It will depend on their natural lashes too, how they do their makeup (if they wear any at all) and it can also come down to factors such as their age. Let’s have a look at a few different ways we can achieve natural lash extensions, so that we can give our clients exactly what they want, when they ask for a natural lash set.
A Nude Look is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin - it looks like they don’t even have extensions but they do have a little 'je ne sais quoi' around the eyes.
For a technically perfect Nude Look, you’re going to want to use extensions no thicker than 0.07 in a B Curl - C at absolute most and only if their lashes grow upwards, and in lengths that match their natural lashes. If your client has naturally quite blonde hair and/or they are quite pale, you may also benefit from using Black Brown Lashes instead of black and Crystal Bond clear lash glue, just to really make it look like they don’t have lash extensions at all.
Arguably, any time someone asks you for natural lash extensions, they’re going to mean Classic Lashes. Simply put, they are one extension to one natural lash.
If your client is looking for a very light natural lash set, 0.10 or 0.12 is going to be ideal - it adds a lot to the eyes without making a drastic difference and basically means they don’t need to even think about mascara. The beauty of Classic Lashes is that while you do have to clean them every day, you can get away with not brushing them from time to time, if you’re running late.
Of course, if your client has quite thick natural lashes, 0.10 might not cut it for them - in this case 0.15 is a great option, or even 0.18 for an extra boost. Like with a Nude Look, if they’re hoping to keep it natural you’re going to maybe want to go 1-2mm longer than their natural lashes, this frames the eyes perfectly and gives the lashes a lifting appearance.
When we think of natural lash extensions, we might not even consider volume in any form, but hybrid lashes can really make for a lovely natural lash set if our client has sparse gaps in their lash line or if they have quite fine natural lashes.
In these cases, opt for 0.07 lashes or finer for your Volume, and 0.10 for your Classic elements. Remember as well that Hybrid Lashes don’t necessarily have to be 50/50 Classic and Volume - you can use 75% Classic to 25% Volume and end up with a gorgeous Hybrid Lash Set that looks super natural and fills in those gaps.
With any of the lash sets above, when it comes to mapping you're going to want to go for either a natural lash map, or a Squirrel at most - as cool and sexy as Cat styles are, they're not exactly what you'd call natural, generally speaking.
So there you have it, three different ways to achieve a natural lash set, depending on what your client needs. Consult with your clients, make sure they're happy with your suggestions and collaborate based on what is achievable and their personal style and desires.