Lash artists are creative, patient and sometimes a little bit wacky. We love our Clients and have shared some interesting stories and moments. It never gets old. Recently, I surveyed hundreds of lash artists from all over the world and I asked the question, "What things would you love to tell your Clients if you knew they wouldn't get offended?" To my surprise, many of the answers were similar. So in this article I'm listing the top 10 things lash artists haven't told you but want you to know. Read on.
1. WE CANT MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE A CELEBRITY
I know, I know. You see these celebrities with big lashes on the red carpet and that's the inspiration for your lash appointment. It's important to keep in mind however, that a celebrity's looks are created by a team that usually includes a cosmetic surgeon, a wardrobe stylist, makeup artist, hairstylist, etc. As lash artists, we just want you to have realistic expectations. We will work hard to give you our best and try to accommodate your needs. We just ask that you be flexible and understand that as lash artists we don't wear the many hats of the team a celebrity has.
2. TURN YOUR PHONE ON SILENT FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
And no, we don't want to read text messages for you and check your caller ID to see who's calling. Your lash appointments are meant to be quiet and relaxing which is why we ask that you turn your phone off or put it on silent for the hour or two you're with us. You come to us to apply your lash extensions and give you our best, not to stop and read your phone. And seriously, if you're expecting a text or call that's so urgent, why not schedule your lash appointment before or afterward your text or call? Keep in mind, the tools we use near your eyes are incredibly sharp. Are you seriously comfortable with us taking our eyes off of those sharp tools for a call or text that can probably wait? Do us all a favor. Relax and silence your phone.
3. DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT YOUR LASHES FALLING OFF QUICKLY
Especially when you know you aren't following aftercare instructions. Remember, we are the experts. Aftercare instructions exist for a reason. If you don't follow them, you can't expect to have lashes that look beautiful and last until your next appointment. Don't lie and say you didn't wear any makeup or use oily products on your face. We wear magnifying glasses and use bright lights that can see details that you think we don't see. It's easy to take care of your lashes. We want them to last as long as possible just like you do.
4. PLEASE DON'T EAT AN ONION BAGEL RIGHT BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
Think of lash etiquette as you would if you were getting a massage. Would you show up to a massage with poor hygiene or a strong odor? I hope not. Lash artists are very close to your face applying lashes. Even if we wear a mask, scents like onion, garlic and cigarettes come out of your mouth, pores and nostrils when you breathe. Also when you're gone, the smell lingers in the room for the next Client to smell. Save us both the embarrassment and discomfort for the time we're together and save the onion bagel for later.
5. DON'T BRING YOUR KIDS TO YOUR LASH APPOINTMENT
Under no circumstances should children be brought to your lash appointment. Doesn't matter how well behaved you feel your child is. As mentioned before, your appointment should be a relaxing experience. Kids are kids. They get into things and get fidgety. We not only run the risk of getting fined by the state board of cosmetology if we get audited and your child is there but its also a liability that insurance doesn't usually cover. Schedule your appointments when you don't have kids. Things happen, we understand but we'd rather you reschedule than bring your child in.
6. DON'T GLORIFY YOUR PREVIOUS LASH ARTIST
If you got your lashes done locally by someone else before us, we don't mind that at all. Just understand that not all artists are the same. We don't all have the same technique, styling or supplies. If you start off a sentence with, "My other artist did...," and you're saying it to make us change something, just know we take that very offensively. The way we see it, if your last artist was that great, you wouldn't be coming to us.
7. SPIT OUT THE GUM
Every time you chew, your cheeks move. When your cheeks move, so do your eyes. As a lash artist, we already have to practice ninja-like skills and have steady hands to put on one lash at a time. Don't make it harder for us with eyes that move around.
8. TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH, NOT WITH YOUR HANDS
There are some Clients that can talk without moving their eyes and we love Clients like that. Most people can't do that and that's why we generally like to keep your appointments quiet. If you're a person that talks with your hands, that can turn a 1 hour appointment into two hours because moving your hands makes your upper body move as well. This means your head, shoulders and eyes. Keep hands still please.
9. DON't KEEP US TO YOURSELF
Some people are private and don't want others to know the details of how they maintain their appearance. We totally get it. But we need you to know that our business survives on referrals. We cannot continue to provide the service you love if we don't have a steady clientele. We enjoy our time with you but there's no way we can make ends meet on one or two appointments a month. Even if you don't want to share us with your immediate circle, Yelp us! It's the word of mouth of our day and you can remain anonymous.
10. RESPECT OUR TIME
Please don't schedule an appointment and not show up without the courtesy of at least a phone call. Show up on time for your appointment. When you show up late or not at all, it throws off our entire day. Also as lash artists, we're also entrepreneurs. If you don't show up, we don't get paid. At least give us the opportunity to try and fill that slot. We understand that things happen and you can't plan being sick but communicate as soon as possible. Lashes are a means to our survival and we count on the income from it in order to continue providing you with the service.