From My Youth
When I was a kid, I'd draw these people with LOOOONG eyelashes. Eyelashes for days. And my grandma would make comments that she wished she'd have those kind of lashes too.
I should have known then that I'd be a lash artist. And now that I am, I know there are a LOT of us out there. Which makes it hard to know if the one you pick is good, or great, or awful.
Today I'm going to share a few tips on how to find the best lash artist in your town. And no, I'm not just gonna drop a pin with my spa location.
Number One: Licensed
I know that Utah is considered Wild West compared to those other states, but we've got rules here. And for Lash Artists those rules are simple. You must be a licensed cosmetologist or basic esthetician in the very least, meaning you have completed training at a credentialed school, you've passed state board written and practical exams, and you continue to work under your license by paying your license fees every other year. Why is this important? Simply, because education in your field shows professional interest, takes investment, and provides the basic knowledge of how skin and hair works, providing peace of mind for you as a consumer. Your lash artist should display his or her license in a noticeable area but if they're not, you can check if their licensed is expired, active, or non existent at dopl.utah.gov.
Number Two: Certified
Yep. Different than licensure, certification shows that your lash artist took a special class on the basics of eyelash extensions. These classes cover how to properly apply the extension, ensuring the selected weight and length doesn't damage the natural lash, and that a proper isolation is established and appropriate glue amount is used so that the extensions don't damage the lashes as well. Some classes go a step further to teach certified artists different techniques, like volume. Classes come in many forms such as a classroom type setting, or one on one under an apprenticeship through verified instructor. As a client, you deserve a lash artist who took the time to get educated and certified through a reliable source, which excludes YouTube. YouTube is definitely not handing out lash certificates. Nope.
Number Three: CLEAN
Outside of problems with isolation and size choice, your very next concern should be the cleanliness of your lash artists space. A health inspector is required to pass off each space to ensure it is safe for clientele. Basics include a presentable space, a disinfection area with proper knowledge of how the disinfectant is used, a clean area for you to lay your head, and that disposable things like brushes and cotton swabs and under eye pads are not reused. If your lash artist is not doing these basic things, you could end up with an eye infection called blepharitis. Google it if you're brave. Imagine crusty yellow infection with microscopic bugs living between your lashes. (Blepharitis can happen if YOU don't clean your lashes either. So be prepared to properly take care of your extensions.)
Number Four: Pretty Results
Okay, the real reason you want to get lashes is so that you look amazing all the time, right? Well girl, (or boy,) you gotta do your homework. Your lash artist should be either referred to you by a friend who has a reputable opinion, or you should be able to research their work online. Lash artists are a little vain; and they LOVE the results of their hard work and should take after pictures. Most have an active online portfolio of these pictures and should be watermarked with their name or logo. And we all know how important reviews are nowadays so check out what people are saying about your lash artist.
Now for the lashes, they should not be clumped, not be too long for the natural lash, not be too thick, and not be twisted or dropping. The extensions should be attached to the natural lash at a proper angle, fairly close to the base, but not touching the skin of the eyelid. And the glue should not be noticeable. Proper aftercare at home should keep the lashes in similar condition. New lash artists can still be practicing their craft but in the very least ensure at the end of your appointment that each lash is separated from one another so that your lashes don't pull out. Post appointment, with proper care, your lashes should not feel itchy or irritated.
Not so hard, huh? Outside of location, price, and personality you're all set to find the best lash artist in your area. And if you're in Salt Lake, you should check me out! Right now I've got a special going for new clients! Classic Full Set for $15 off! Check out my menu and book online at truaesthetica.com/schedule. See you soon, trubeauties!