How to Choose the Best Eyelash Extensions for Eye Shapes

by Joan Wong

Not all eyelash extensions look good on everyone. Everyone has their own unique features and preferences. It’s best to figure out which style compliments each eye shape when choosing the best eyelash extensions for your client.

What are the types of eyelash extensions

It is best to explain the three types of eyelash extensions to clients before their first treatment: 

Classic lashes

This is the common go-to for first-timers. They look natural and enhance features without overdoing them. Classic lash extensions are applied in a 1:1 ratio on natural lashes. Meaning, one lash extension is applied to one natural eyelash

Lash tech applying extensions for a classic lash set and isolating with two lash tweezers

Because of the demand, it is one of the most popular and the least expensive types in the market. In addition, comparing classic lashes to volume and hybrid lashes, they are easier and quicker to apply. 

If the goal is to make eyelash extensions an everyday look without spending too much time applying makeup, classic is the way to go. Plus, they are more comfortable to use because they are not too heavy on the eyelids. However, for sparse or thin natural eyelashes, classic lashes will not be able to evenly fill in the gaps.

Hybrid lashes

As the name suggests, hybrid lash extensions are a combination of classic and volume lashes. Depending on what look clients want, you can apply a 50-50 or 70-30 ratio. The best part of having hybrid lashes is that clients can enjoy both the simple look from natural lashes and the dramatic look from the volume without it being “too much.”

Woman with blue eye showing her newly applied hybrid lash extensions. Cartel Lash

The whole application of hybrid lashes will take over two hours. This will also depend on your experience, technique, and if you have unique fans ready to use before the appointment.

Hybrid lashes are ideal for people with sparse, thin, thick, and weak eyelashes.

Volume lashes and mega volume lashes

This type provides thicker and more luscious eyelashes. Volume lash extensions, also known as Russian volume, are applied in a 1:many ratio. Meaning, two or more eyelash extensions are applied to a single natural lash. For example, if 2 lash extensions are applied to 1 natural lash, it is called 2D. The number of lash extensions used on each natural lash can go all the way up to 5D, called mega volume lashes. This is dependent on the volume fans your client wants to achieve. 

Close up of Russian volume lashes on woman with selective focus. Cartel Lash

For parties or prom, volume and mega volume lashes are the perfect addition to complete a look. Because they look more dramatic and not your typical everyday look. This is perfect for anyone with gaps or sparse natural lashes. It will be able to fill in those gaps evenly. But, the whole process of applying volume lashes takes more than 2 hours, sometimes even longer depending on the volume your client wants to achieve.

What are eyelash extensions made of

The three main materials lash extensions are made of are mink, silk, and synthetic. However, because of the growing demand, there are now faux-mink, sable, fox, and faux-fox available.

  • Mink: Came from Siberian and Chinese minks. This is the usual go-to for a more natural look. For allergies to animal fur, it is best to skip mink lashes.
  • Silk: They are not made from genuine silk. Silk lashes are mid-weight but ideal for special occasions. They are not for an everyday look.
  • Synthetic: These synthetic lashes are soft and easy to apply with various sizes, curls, and diameters.
  • Sable: This is finer and fluffier than mink. It is ideal for people with finer natural lashes. Just like mink, if you are allergic to animal fur, this is not for you.
  • Fox: It has a soft reddish tone which makes it very popular these days. For a specific curl, you have to perm fox lashes.
  • Faux-mink & Faux-fox: These are handmade lashes and are available in different lengths and volumes. They are not too heavy and very comfortable to wear. And are also animal-friendly.

What to consider when choosing the type of eyelash extensions

Because of the uniqueness of each person, you should be able to provide advice and let your clients know what looks great on them depending on their facial features. While also keeping in mind their preferences. Here are things you need to consider to help you choose the right eyelash extensions style:

Infographic on how to determine eye shapes. Round eyes, almond eyes, hooded eyes, monolid eyes, upturned eyes. Cartel Lash

  • Eye shape: Do they have an almond, downturned, round, upturned, or protruding eye shape?
  • Size of their eyes: Are their eyes small, large, or in-between?
  • Type of eyelids: Do they have monolids or hooded eyelids? This will greatly affect the type of lash extensions you choose.
  • Orientation of their eyes: Do they have close-set, deep-set, or wide-set eyes?
  • Eye color: What color eyelash extensions will go with their eye color?
  • Natural lashes: What is the color, length, curl, and volume of their natural lashes? The type that will be used should be close or the same as their natural lashes.
  • Allergies or any sensitivities: Do they have any allergies or sensitivities? Make sure you ask before the appointment.
  • Preferences: Are they choosing lash extensions for an everyday look or a more dramatic glamorous look?
  • Upkeep:  How often can they go for fills? Proper aftercare treatment includes fill-in or touch-ups every 2 to 3 weeks.

Which eyelash extensions suit each eye shape

Are you unsure which style to go for? There are a lot of types of lash extensions styles for clients to choose from based on their eye shape:

Infographic of types of eyelash extensions. Natural eye, open eye, cat eye and doll eye. Cartel Lash

Natural or classic lashes

Always apply lash extensions following the contours and curvature of lash lines. Usually, applying slightly longer lash extensions to the outer corners of the eyes enhance the appearance of lashes without changing too much.

This will look great for a more everyday look. This type is not that noticeable and dramatic.

Cat Eye

For a naturally round or close-set of eyes, apply cat eyelash extensions. Just like a cat, apply longer lash extensions to the outside edges of the eyes to create an exotic feline-like look. However, if clients have a downturned eye shape, cat lash extensions are not suitable. Because it will emphasize and exaggerate their downturned eyes.

Doll Eye

This is a very versatile style. What happens with doll lash extensions, it opens up the eyes making eyes look bigger. It is perfect for clients with wide-set or downturned eyes. With doll lashes, the inner corners of the eyes have shorter extensions and the rest have super long ones.

Staggered Eye

This type of style features a combination of long and short lash extensions creating a slightly messy or stagger look, hence the name. In addition, for thin or sparse natural eyelashes, wispy lash extensions are not the best choice.

Color or highlight

Basically, you just add color, ombre, or highlights to the lash extensions. Believe it or not, a lot of lash lovers choose a color or highlight eyelash extensions because it provides more drama and it is a great way to add their unique personality to their eyelashes.

 Purple colored lash extensions treatment with lash tweezers. Cartel Lash

Which eyelash extensions style suit each eye shape?

There are a lot of types to keep track of when it comes to eyelash extensions. It can be very confusing especially for first-timers. Your client trusts you for recommendations and advice when it comes to choosing the right lash style for their eyes. To help them look and feel their best, practice and familiarize yourself with the different eye shapes and complementary lash styles that go with it!

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