Lash Mapping: A Brief Guide for Aspiring Lash Artists
Eyelash extensions have become increasingly popular, as evidenced by the various styles of lash extensions for every preference and eye shape that have propped out in recent years.
As an aspiring lash artist, you should be aware that there is more to just mastering the skill of applying an extension to natural lashes – having the eye to identify and create the perfect shape of lashes for each client is also very important.
To help you become a great lash technician, here’s a brief guide to lash mapping. Read on below!
What is Lash Mapping?
Lash mapping is the process of analysing a person’s eye shape and natural lash line to create a detailed plan for an appropriate lash extension application.
It involves mapping out various factors, such as lash length, curl, thickness, and direction, to determine where each extension should be placed to achieve the desired outcome.
A Step-by-Step Guide to the Lash Mapping Process
While lash mapping can be challenging initially, with practice and proper training, it can become more manageable and precise. Here are the essential steps to get started:
1. Analysing the Eye Shape
With the client sitting and looking straight ahead, carefully examine the client’s eye shape and their facial features.
Take note that there are different types of eye shapes, and each shape would require specific lash placement techniques.
2. Determining the Lash Length and Thickness
Determine the appropriate lash length and thickness based on your client’s natural lashes and their desired look.
Longer and thicker extensions can create a more dramatic effect, while shorter and finer lashes give a natural and subtle enhancement. Choose the size in consideration of their comfort and the health of their natural lashes.
3. Mapping the Points
Whether you are doing a cat eye lash map or a doll eye lash map, make sure to follow the key points on the lash line to guide your extension placement.
These points typically include the eye’s inner, middle, and outer corners.
Pro Tip: Use a white pencil or adhesive dots to mark these points for reference.
4. Designing the Lash Map
With the marked points as a guide, create a lash map by determining each extension’s curl, direction, and length.
Using lash maps will help you to visualise the placement better. Consider factors such as lash symmetry, eye shape, and the desired style when designing the map.
Once you have the lash map, begin the lash extension application process following the design.
Use the map as a reference and attach the extensions using proper techniques, such as the one-to-one or volume lash techniques, depending on your client’s preferences.
Consider the natural lash direction and curl
The direction of natural eyelashes varies from person to person. Some may have naturally curly lashes, while others have almost straight or downward-pointing lashes.
When customising the extensions, make sure to always consider the direction and curl of your client’s natural lashes!
The Lash Extension Difference: More Balanced Facial Features
Sometimes a person’s natural lash length may look unnatural for their eye shape.
Thus, it’s crucial to explore different placements, lash lengths, clusters, and styles to create a more balanced look for their overall appearance. Here are the factors to consider:
Consider the face shape.
Determine your client’s face shape (such as oval, round, square, heart, etc.) and choose the lash style that complements their specific face shape.
For example, if they have a round face, longer lashes at the centre would create the illusion of length and balance.
Choose the right lash length.
Depending on your client’s eye shape and overall facial features, you can recommend a lash length that brings a natural look to their face. For example, longer lengths would bring a harmonious look if they have sharp cheekbones.
Consider lash curl and thickness.
The curl and thickness of lash extensions can also affect the balance of the face. If your client has a small face or delicate features, opt for a natural lash curl and thickness to avoid overwhelming the face.
For those with larger or more striking features, choose full lashes with a more dramatic curl to create balance.
Don't forget the inner and outer corners!
If your client has close-set eyes, adding finer or shorter lashes would create a more open and wide-eyed look for inner corners, as it can help visually widen the space between the eyes.
Conversely, if they have downturned or hooded eyes, placing longer or thicker lashes towards the outer corners of their eyes can create a subtle lift and elongation effect.
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