For both beginners and experienced lash stylists, mastering the art of lash extensions is crucial. I remember when I first started my journey (oh boy, that was ages ago!), I spent weeks practicing on a mannequin head before gaining the confidence to work on real clients. In this article, I’ll share tips on how you can practice lash extensions at home, regardless of your circumstances. Whether you have a mannequin or not, I’ll guide you through the process and recommend some practice kits that will help you sharpen your skills.
Practice on a Mannequin
1- Set Up Your Mannequin
To begin, find a suitable area to set up your mannequin. Ideally, use a lash bed, but a comfortable table height will also suffice. Position the mannequin at chest level, so you don’t strain your back while practicing. Attach a silicone pad beneath the mannequin’s eyes and affix a strip of “practice” lashes to each eye. For a realistic experience, I suggest attaching two layers of practice lashes, simulating natural lash growth. Lastly, organize your lashing equipment as you would for a client.
2- Perfect Your Posture and Hold
With everything in place, focus on your posture and tweezers’ technique. Sit close to the mannequin, keeping your arms near your body. Support your wrists and use the mannequin’s forehead as a resting point for your fingers. Once you’re comfortable, use your tweezers to count the mannequin’s lashes, warming up while maintaining a comfortable position. For more tips on holding tweezers, check out my comprehensive guide.
3- Map Out Your Technique
To enhance your practice session, take time to plan your lash application. Use the pad on the mannequin to map out different lengths along the lash line. For further inspiration, refer to my article on various eyelash extension styles you can learn to create.
4- Use a Booster
Before you begin lashing, apply a small amount of pre-treatment to the mannequin’s lashes. Synthetic practice lashes don’t dry as quickly as natural lashes, so using a pre-treatment will speed up the drying time. This ensures your practice aligns with the speed at which adhesives dry on real lashes.
5- Start Lashing
Finally, you’re ready to apply the lashes! Applying lashes on a mannequin follows the same process as on a client. Isolate the lashes, dip the extension lashes in glue, and carefully apply them. Repeat until you feel confident. Many stylists find practicing on a mannequin easier than working on a client since the lashes are less dense and isolation is simpler. To see the practice in action, watch this video by Anastasia Lash Expert.
Practicing Without a Mannequin
1- Use Your Friends and Family
Even if you have a mannequin, practicing on real people is invaluable for mastering different natural lash patterns and clients’ preferences. Start by asking your friends and family to be your models. Choose people who understand that you’re a beginner and will encourage you to grow your skills. Practicing with loved ones will also help you feel more comfortable. Remember to set up your station and work as you would with a real client.
2- Find Models Online
Another option is to find models online. Local beauty enthusiasts or hair and beauty model groups on Facebook are excellent resources for connecting with potential models. These individuals are often willing to be lash extension models, even for someone with less experience. When posting a call for models, mention your location, the style you want to practice, date, and time. Discuss whether you need permission to take photos and if the model will cover the cost of materials.
3- Get Creative with Materials
If you don’t have access to a mannequin, there are alternative ways to practice. For volume lashes, you can use a damp, flat, round makeup sponge. Lay down lashes along the perimeter to focus on creating symmetrical fans without distractions. For classic and volume lashes, stretch a piece of sewing thread over a cup or bowl and use it to practice. This technique allows you to work on speed and precision without worrying about isolation. Alternatively, apply extensions to strip lashes to simulate a real lash application.
Best Eyelash Extension Kits for Practice
- Yegi Beauty Kit Version 1: This comprehensive kit includes a realistic mannequin, classic and volume lashes of varying lengths and curls, tweezers, and other essential accessories.
- Veyes Classic Lash Kit For New Starters: An affordable starter set that includes a mannequin head, practice lash extensions, classic lash trays, glue, tweezers, and under-eye pads.
- The Lash Professional Eyelash Mannequin: If you already have your lashing essentials, this mannequin head will enhance your practice sessions. It features removable eyelids with lashes attached, providing a realistic simulation of human lashes. It’s available in fair and deep skin tones.
If you have any further questions about practicing lash extensions at home, check out these frequently asked questions:
- Can I practice on a mannequin without prior experience?
- How long will it take to become proficient in lash extensions?
- Are there any specific techniques I should focus on during practice?
- What are the essential tools I need for lash extension practice?
- How can I find models to practice lash extensions on?
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Remember, practice makes perfect! With dedication and perseverance, you’ll master the art of lash extensions in no time. Good luck, and happy lashing!