Practice, Practice, Practice!
Practicing your lash making on a daily basis is one of the most important things you can do for your lash career. But before we even get into that, it's vital to note that starting with classic lashes, and building a firm foundation there is needed to become the lash artist you were meant to be. There is no shortcut to mastering the fundamentals, and practice is something we can all use a little more of. That being said, there are several reasons why this is a key component to focus on in your career. To start out, I like to put it like this: Practicing before taking clients for the day is like your warm-up. You wouldn’t crawl out of bed and run a marathon before warming up for it. An extra 20 - 30 minutes in the morning making lash fans and practicing placement will set you up for a consistent and successful day. Sometimes we are a little off in the beginning of the day and need to adjust our grip, our pickup, or our placement to create (and keep) beautiful fans. You don’t want to have to go through this trial and error during your first client. Get it out of the way in advance, and be more prepared for your lashing day than you ever thought possible!
Consistency and Quality
Then there is this: when you are working on a full set of lashes, you need to be focused on so many things all at one time. Proper timing, attachment, moving eyes, talking clients, making fans, holding isolation, blending lengths, and the list goes on. BUT when you are practicing and placing lashes on (your average, everyday makeup) sponge, you can see every single detail. A sponge doesn’t have multiple layers of lashes to navigate, it won’t open it’s eyes when you are done and disguise what your attachment and bases look like. Practicing angle placement, distance from the last lash, and precise placement all help to develop those tiny muscle memories to be able to make and place lashes onto naturals perfectly when the time comes. It's cute and fun to make sponge art, and deceptively difficult, but the main thing we are doing is practicing consistency and quality control. Sometimes it's important to take a good hard look at your work and make sure you have all of your basics, and bases, covered to continue providing your best work to paying clients.
Invest in Yourself
Lastly, and I can’t stress this enough, YOU AREN’T WASTING PRODUCT WHEN YOU ARE PRACTICING! In fact, you are investing in yourself and your craft as a lash artist. Taking ongoing and advanced training is vital to your career, but while you are saving up for the Big One, you can be improving your skill set and advancing your own career by practicing. I have learned so, so many things all by myself while practicing. The best angle to pick my lashes up at, how firmly I need to squeeze my tweezer to get the most consistent pick-up power, and how long to hold my fans to ensure they don’t close. You don’t need a master trainer to tell you these things - you need to practice to learn them for yourself in your environment with your products. Still skeptical about spending the amount of time I am suggesting on doing lashes without a client in front of you? I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that my career accelerated exponentially when I decided to set the time aside and practice. I hope to see you do the same thing. Drop me a line and let me know how it’s going!