Every lash artist has their own set of tools and products they use. Some prefer specific types of tweezers, adhesives, nanomisters, jade stones, and more. It solely depends on what and which one you are comfortable with. Although there are no wrong lash tools or products you may choose to have, we have gathered all the essentials that you need to make applying eyelash extensions easier!
12 products you need in your lash supplies
Every lash technician has their own preference when it comes to lash tools and supplies. But whichever brand and products you like to use, these 12 lash products should always be included in your tool kit:
1. Lash Adhesive
The lash adhesive is the #1 eyelash tool all lash technicians should have in their toolkit. It is the one that holds every lash extension in place. Whichever brand your preferred lash glue is, it will all contain cyanoacrylate and some complex compounds like stabilizers, accelerator, thickener, colorant for longer retention.
Usually, lash adhesives contain 90% to 95% cyanoacrylate — the one responsible for hardening the solution which holds the eyelash extensions in place. There is no substitute for this one ingredient that can be on par with the retention cyanoacrylate offers. Since the shelf life is around 6 months, it’s a good idea to stock up at least 3-4 months worth!
2. Lash Primer
Not all lash primers are made from the same ingredients and formulation. However, the purpose is all the same. Lash primers are used to thoroughly clean and remove all dust, oil, and debris left on the client’s eyelashes before the application. As a result, when the lashes are all clean before the application, the lash extensions will be able to last longer.
In addition, oil, dirt, and any residue will negatively affect the retention of the lash adhesive. If the eyelashes are not thoroughly cleaned, the adhesive will not be able to hold on to your client’s natural lashes.
However, keep in mind that not all lash primers are made equal. Meaning some ingredients can harm your client’s skin. If your client has dry skin, avoid using lash primers. Because most likely, there will be no remaining oil in their eyelashes. If you use it on clients with dry skin, there is a high chance that it can cause lash breakage because they are formulated to remove oils.
3. Eye Pads
Another essential item is eye pads. These pads hold your client’s bottom eyelashes down while you work on the upper lashes. Eye pads make it easier for you to see clearly and work faster on the upper lashes because of the contrasting color.
When looking for eye pads to use, make sure they are lint-free and have a satin white coating. This will ensure that your tweezers don’t get caught in the fibers in the eye pads.
4. Lash Remover
Eyelash extension remover is used to remove all the remaining extensions. It is specifically formulated to break down the lash adhesive’s bond, effectively and safely. Using a lash extension remover is the safest way to remove lash extensions, especially for your client’s natural lashes.
When clients come back to you to have a new set of lash extensions, the first step you need to take is to remove all the remaining lash extensions. The next step is to clean it and apply the extensions. This step is necessary to remove the remaining ones before applying new extensions.
Some lash glues have a longer curing time. This is where nanomister come in! It sprays tiny water droplets on the lash extensions to help cure and dry the adhesive. I know you must be confused. Water and adhesive? Well, believe me when I say it helps!
The small water sprayed by the nanomister not only helps the curing and drying of the lash adhesive, but it helps prevent the burning and stinging sensation your client might experience. I highly suggest using nanomister at the end of your eyelash extension application to decrease the drying time of eyelash extensions.
It is an essential tool for any lash extension procedure. There are various types of tweezers, however, you need to have an isolation tweezer and a lashing tweezer. They are different.
As the name suggests, isolation tweezers are used to separate and isolate each and every natural eyelash for a clean application. While lashing tweezers are used to pick up and attach lash extensions on the isolated natural lash. Meaning you will have to hold one tweezer on each hand. Lashing tweezers can be straight, curved, or L-shaped.
Tip: You might want to stock up on some good-quality tweezers. You will need to use each type for every client. It is best to have some backups especially if you are constantly dropping tweezers and ruining them. Dropping your favorite pair without a backup is not an option!
7. Medical-grade tape
Medical-grade tape is the best way to hold stubborn lower lashes. It prevents them from coming into contact with the top lashes making it easier for you to apply extensions. Without the tape, the bottom lashes of your client will crisscross with the top lashes which may result in your client’s eyes getting glued shut.
In addition, medical-grade tape is gentle and safe to be used in sensitive eye areas. It will not hurt your client when you are peeling it off.
8. Lash Cleanser
Cleaning the eyelashes before the application is very important to ensure the lash adhesive will bond well. Oil, dirt, and debris left on the lashes can prevent the lash glue from doing its job — that is to keep the lash extensions in place.
Lash cleansers are also a great way to ensure the lash extensions will last for weeks. Also, you can tell your client that aftercare treatment is needed and that includes using the right lash cleansers daily.
9. Lash Trays
Prepping before every application is necessary to cut the time of the application. This is especially important when using volume lashes. Each lash tray has a sticky strip that holds your eyelash extensions in place. Lash trays will make it easier for you to pick up each lash.
10. Mascara Wands
Having a stock of mascara wands is very important. Why? Because throughout the entire eyelash extension application, mascara wands will be used to brush lashes to separate each lash. And you will need them when you are applying your lash primer. It will help brush your client’s lashes separating each lash along the way while applying the primer on each fiber. This is safer compared to using q-tips.
11. Glue Rings
You can put a few drops of lash glue in your glue rings and wear them in one of your hands, preferably the one holding the isolation tweezer. This way, you can easily dip in each lash extension in the ring containing the lash adhesive to apply lash extensions using your other hand, the one holding the lashing tweezer.
12. Lash Tile
A lash tile will help you organize your lashes making it easy to pick them up. It is an open lash tile where you can put and arrange your eyelash extensions providing you with easy and quick access.Your lash kit will grow as you do as a lash technician. Visit Cartel Lash for all your lash extension needs. If you need help putting together a lash kit, contact us at 📞 (604) 437-0011 today!