Have you ever performed a lash lift, did everything you’ve done on past clients, but for some reason the lift turned out nasty? Or the lashes didn’t even lift? Frustrating, right? Granted, all clients aren’t the same and their lashes are different. But, I would say 90% of people that reach out to me about a bad lift end up making very common mistakes. In this post, I’ll chat about these mistakes & how to avoid them to hopefully give you better, more consistent results. Keep in mind this is for Elleebana Lash Lift. If you use a different system, I recommend reaching out to your trainer/distributor to get help from them.
Have you ever done a lift, one eye lifts to the sky and the other is basically closed? Didn’t even lift at all? Well, this happens more often than you’d think and the reason behind it is very simple.
Well, here’s what happens most of the time - you didn’t clean the mascara off, silly! The majority of the time someone reaches out to me about this, they’ll send me photos of they’re process and you can see tons of mascara on the lashes! When you perform a lift, the first step when your client is on the table is THOROUGHLY clean the ENTIRE eye area. This doesn’t mean just lazily wipe the eyes and call it good. Even if they’re not wearing makeup, still clean it thoroughly! What happens if you don’t get all the mascara/makeup off is it prevents the solutions from entering the hair follicle which in turn isn’t able to change the shape of the lash and the lashes don’t lift. So, if you still see a little mascara coming off the lashes when you start lifting, you need to clean them better or you lift won’t work!
This is a common mistake made during the most important time of the process. Lash separation and the way they look while glued to the rod is crucial. The way the lashes look while glued to the rod and processing is how they’re going to look at the end of the procedure. So, instead of swiping glue all across the rod and racing to get the lashes lifted before the glue dries, work in small sections. I like to break the eye up into 4-5 sections, apply a little bit of glue and just work with a few lashes. I lift them straight up, separate them, and when they’re all perfectly straight, separated, and tight, then I’ll apply glue in the next section and work with the next few lashes.
Another important note, after removing solution 1 and before applying solution 2 the lashes may have moved a bit. Since solution 2 is what will set the lashes into place, it’s extremely important to make sure that the lashes are absolutely PERFECT before applying solution 2. That being said, when you remove solution 1 the lashes may have moved. So go back through, re-tighten, re-straighten, re-separate the lashes. If you need to apply a tiny bit more glue to get them into place, that’s totally fine. Then, when they’re perfectly placed, apply solution 2.
This happens almost too often. And for those who have been trained correctly in Elleebana, we know what the culprit is the majority of the time - not rinsing the solution out properly!
A common myth is that water will ruin a lash lift. This is partly true, but not always. The only time water will ruin a lift is when it’s hot/steamy, if it’s lukewarm/cold then you can throw it all over the lashes! When you’re removing the second solution, it’s very important to completely bathe the lashes in lukewarm-cold water. This will not ruin the lift at all, and will ensure that you got all the solution out. The reason people’s lashes over curl is because solution was left in the lashes, even if it’s a little bit it will continue to process. So, the answer is simple - give them lashes a bath!
After you bathe them, it’s important to dry them and brush them out to make sure that they’re going the right direction and it helps get any remaining glue out of the lashes.
So there you have it, 3 common mistakes that are made often while using Elleebana. I get people almost on a daily basis that reach out to me with a problem, and 90% of the time it deals with on of these items. I hope this was helpful, and please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about this, or if you come to a road block with your lash lifts and need help getting over it!
-Addison Jolley, Elleebana USA Master Trainer