Perhaps you're a makeup artist, hair stylist, or esthetician who's looking to grow your services and broaden your career opportunities. Or maybe you're just in love with eyelash extensions, and you think you can make a rewarding career out of doing what you love. Eyelash extensions may be the most fabulous beauty trend of all time, but is being a lash artist the right career for you? We spoke to Taylor Holderman, a certified lash extension artist from Gilbert, Arizona, who's been doing lashes since 2012. If you're thinking about taking an eyelash extension course, she has some advice for you.
Here are the three things she wishes she knew before she became a lash artist:
1. You need patience... lots & lots of patience
If you do not have patience, let me tell you to walk away now, before you go spending tons of money and wasting all that time to train when it's just not for you. Eyelash extensions may be the most tedious profession you could possibly get into," Taylor says.
Great point. There are physical demands to this career — you need steady hands, excellent dexterity and good eyesight (read more about good eye health and the last artist). And yes, the work itself is meticulous — but that doesn't mean the job is if that makes sense. If you love the feeling of mastering something, of doing excellent work and helping people feel beautiful, then lash artistry is a great field for you!
2. You get better at it with practice (we promise)
Most people need three to six months or more of practice before they become a skillful and talented lash artist. As you get up to speed, you may get disheartened and second-guess your decision to become a lash artist. Trust us — no one is born a great last artist. Even the best ones had to practice a lot.
Do not give up. Keep practicing and practicing," Taylor says. "You will get better and faster with time — and only time. Trust me; it pays off!"
3. The goal is perfection
Take the time to make them perfect. Get in there and get every single natural lash to an extension," Taylor advises. "When you first start out, it will take hours and hours, but keep going. It makes a difference, and your clients will notice. It will set you apart from everyone else. Go for quantity AND quality." Lashes are a beautiful thing, and clients consider them well worth the time and money spent. "There is no better feeling than knowing how happy my clients are leaving my door — it's the best part of my job!" Taylor adds.
When your goal is perfection, your clients are happy. Happy clients come back!
Being a lash artist is an exciting and glamorous career that enables you to help others feel and look beautiful! Lash Affair offers comprehensive, hands-on training with the best artists in the business. Find a lash extension class near you. If you need help to launch your lash career consider applying for the 2018 Lash Affair Scholarship.
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