Advanced Technique: Making Uneven Eyes Look Symmetrical

When I get cases that are different from the norm, I get excited!  I look at it as an opportunity to flex my creative muscle and really wow my Client.  In this case, my Client has uneven eyes. Because of this, she has to make minor tweaks in her makeup routine to make her eyes appear even.  

As you can see from this picture, I had an interesting task on my hands in styling this Client's eyes.  On the left, her eye appears to be smaller because she has a shorter eyelid.  That also creates the illusion that her left eye sits up higher than the right although it actually doesn't.  In a case like this, I can't style her eyes the same.  If I did, her left eye would look more open and almost "startled" in comparison to the right.  

The first step for me is to break the eye down into 3 sections.  The highest point, mid point and the lowest point. The highest point is where the longest lash will rest.  It's the area that's going to enhance the eye shape and the focal point when people are looking into my Client's eyes.  The lowest point is where I want my shortest lash to be. It's also the area that I don't want to stand out as much as the highest point.  The mid point is everything in between.  For this Client, I wanted the highest point to be in the center of the eyes and the lowest points to be on the inside and outside corners of her eyes.

Next, with the Client looking straight ahead at me I'll hold a lash up to each one of her eyes to figure out where that lash will sit on the eye and where it will stop on the lid.  If I have to use a cosmetic pencil to put a dot on the Clients lid, I will.  That mark helps me when the Client's eyes are closed to tell me where I need to change lengths. Some artists write this out on the eye pads but I prefer to mark the lids with the eyes opened.  

Finally, I'll begin lashing following the guide that I put in place.  In this case, I followed the same pattern on both eyes however on the left side, I went 2mm shorter with the lash design to create symmetry and so the lashes wouldn't sit up too high on the right.

I approached this Client's eyes calmly and wasn't afraid to take my time to make sure I mapped out her styling. The end result was beautiful and created the illusion of symmetry which made my Client happy.


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Should I Fill Another Artists Work?

A common question I've gotten from Lash Artists through the years is, "Should I fill another Artist's work?  In my career of 10+ years, I've filled someone else's work on two different Clients and they've both been very loyal.  The first had lashes that weren't up to my standard but my goal was to do a great job and I figured the Client would stick with me and the not so good lashes would grow out over time. Eventually, she would end up with a full set of lashes done by me.  The second Client is one that travels all over the world and due to her schedule, she's unable to keep appointments with the same person.  In the second case, there are a handful of Artists she works with and while there are minute differences in styling, the application is clean and up to my personal standards.

I share these personal experiences with you as food for thought however, if you're on the fence about taking on a Client that's had their lashes done elsewhere, here are a few questions you may want to ask before taking on another Artist's Client.

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Photos courtesy of Nicole Cospy of U Deserve It Laroi's Lashery & Day Spa

IS THE APPLICATION CLEAN?

Let's face it.  Some Artists don't do the best job of isolating.  There are many reasons why but when that Client is in front of you, if those lashes are all clumped together with too much adhesive, it can be a nightmare.  Especially if the Client doesn't realize the isolation wasn't so good. I have seen cases where clusters and strip lashes have been applied using professional adhesive and while that's an absolute no, no, there are Artists that do it.  On the flip side, if the isolation was impeccable, you can move on to the next thing to consider which is styling.

ARE THERE MAJOR DIFFERENCES IN STYLING?

No two Artists are created alike and most Clients don't realize this.  Styling can vary tremendously from one Artist to the next.  Fortunately with experience, it can be pretty painless to match another Artist's styling as long as the lashes are applied properly. I know that as an Artist however, it feels a bit limiting to be put in a situation where I have to follow another Artist's styling in order to make the Client happy.  Of course, the Client's satisfaction is my number one priority but it feels so much better to be able to do my own thing and not have any limits on my creativity.  I mean ultimately, a Client comes to me because they appreciate my style, right?

DO I HAVE SIMILAR PRODUCTS?

Fortunately we are at a place in time where most adhesives contain similar ingredients. But what about lashes?  If you're just starting out, there's a great chance that you don't have a huge stock of lashes in different diameters, lengths and curls.  If you have a huge stock of options, filling another Artist's work may be a snap for you.  But even for myself, I have a wide range of lashes and just the color alone may not be an exact match.  So it's something to consider if you plan on filling another Artist's work.

So now that you have a few things to think about, I hope that it helps you to make an informed decision.  I will say that for me personally, I don't fill other Artists work.  I prefer to start out with a clean slate and at this point in my career, it just makes sense not to limit my creativity. Also, there's no way that I can guarantee the work if it's half mine and half someone else's. That's just my personal preference.  

 

 

 

How to Quit Your Corporate Job and Work For Yourself

I get this question all the time about how to transition from a corporate job to doing what you love full time.  As someone who worked in the corporate world for years, I know how challenging it can be to strike out on your own and walk away from the guaranteed paycheck and benefits.  But as someone who has managed to transition from the corporate world to my own business, I can tell you it's super rewarding to be in charge or your own destiny and have the life you always dreamed of.  

Marie Forleo is someone I enjoy watching and she'll soon be on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday's.  In this video, she gives the blueprint that I followed to transition from being an employee to becoming a business owner.  I hope you enjoy!