Last month, we hosted our first major event focused on building community in the lash industry—The Lash Affair—in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Being our first conference-style event, we weren’t sure to expect. We were overwhelmed to see so many lash artists and business owners from all over the country fill the room with so much energy and passion. Every attendee arrived with an open mind and a willingness to step out of their comfort zones to make new friends, expand their skills, and perhaps challenge some prior assumptions.
We’re thrilled to see the response to the event has been so positive and wanted to share with those that couldn’t make the event some of the highlights of the day.
TASTY BITES OF KNOWLEDGE FROM OUR SPEAKERS
The goal of The Lash Affair is to bring in ideas and expertise from a wide range of professions in the beauty industry to help artists think outside the box. The journeys shared and lessons provided by our speakers offered different perspectives on common challenges artists face, as well as opened up opportunities for growth.
Our first speaker, Jordan Liberty, award-winning makeup artist and photographer, shared his journey and offered tips on how to differentiate yourself from the crowd. He also provided photography and tips on photographing and lighting methods for highlighting lashes (stay away from square lights ladies!)
Next up was the delightfully peppy Ellie Malmin who provided TONS of detailed information behind why certain clients may have a reaction to lashes and how artists should take into account far more factors than are on the typical consent form. For example, how many of us ask about recent skin treatments or a client’s diet? Both can affect how the client reacts to adhesive fumes, eye pads, and/or tape.
After the lunch break, Tara Walsh akaof The Lashpreneur WOWED the crowd into silence with her truth bombs for how lash artists should really be using Instagram to grow their business. The hard truth? The goal of building a business on Instagram isn’t to gain followers—it’s moving who you’ve got along the funnel. That means content should be focused more on what a clients wants, not what other lash artists want to see.
Building on Tara’s presentation, My Addiction Skincare Founder, Savannah Carmichael, challenged attendees to learn their numbers. Understanding what your chair and time are worth and then accounting for all your costs (including spending time ON the business vs in it) will help you understand where you need to be focusing your time to maximize your income. With four locations under her belt and more than 30 employees, Savannah certainly knows what works!
And last but not least, the fabulous Maddie Thompson, owner of Madluvv Brows, explained the value of adding microblading as a service. Lash clients already understand the value of luxury service and, as Maddie pointed out, have most likely considered microblading. Therefore, artists have a built-in client base to make that extra dough—just need to activate it!
THE FIRST-EVER #MOTHERFLUFFIN LASH BAR
Everyone learns in different ways, so we wanted to diversify the learning environment at The Lash Affair where could. The #Motherfluffin Lash Bar is our take on the famous Genius Bar and provides one-on-one time with a lash expert. Attendees were able to pre-register for 30-minute appointments with several talented lash leaders including head bartender, Tianna Seo, Lash Affair Educator Kami Hill, Tara Walsh of The Lashpreneur, and host of Lash Boss Radio, Shelby Tarleton. Topics ranged from lashing technique and product recommendations to hiring employees and pricing services.
POP-UP SHOP EXCLUSIVES
Attendees also were able to purchase their favorite products from The Lash Affair Pop-Up Shop at 25% off, as well as have the opportunity to put faces to names with members of our amazing Customer Care team! Not to mention, our store offered exclusive clothing items that sold out within an hour of the shops open! Check out these bad boys!
AND THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE
We were fortunate to have the support of many fantastic companies from all over the beauty industry for The Lash Affair, and a big thank you goes out to our two main sponsors, 420 Skincare and Advanced Mineral Makeup.
From cannabis-infused body butter to handmade soaps, 420 Skincare specializes in natural and organic, hand-crafted skincare for all skin types. Our attendees enjoyed an array of scented CBD bath bombs in their swag bags!
Advanced Mineral Makeup (a personal favorite of the Lash Affair team) specializes in mineral makeup made from natural ingredients and shared tips on how artists can create a great client experience by finishing each appointment with a bit of foundation.
A big thank you to all our speakers and volunteers who made the event possible, as well as the amazing team at Lash Affair—we can’t wait for the next event!