Eyelash extension shapes are an essential part of your work as a lash technician. They can help you create the perfect look for every client, whether they need natural-looking lashes or more dramatic extensions. With so many different options available at your disposal, choosing which shape is best for any given client may be challenging! That's why we have put together this blog post - to introduce you to some of the most common eyelash extension shapes and provide advice on how to use them effectively.
First, How Do You Find Out Your Eye Style?
The number-one rule in beauty and fashion is to do what's best for you and love your shape. But first, we need to discover it—and don't worry, you don't have to go into Sephora or ask your mother what shape she thinks your eye is. Four simple questions are all you need to know to find out what your eye shape is.
Get a mirror to find out the shape of your eye. Let's get started!
Do you have a crease in your eyelid?
If you don't have a crease, your design is monolid. Continue reading if you do have a crease.
When a line is drawn through the center of your eyes, are the corners of your eyes above or below the line?
If they go above this line, your eyes are upturned. If they drop below this line, your eyes are cast downward. If they're in the middle, it's time to investigate some more.
So we know you have a crease. Is it possible to see your crease if you're facing the mirror head-on?
If you can't, your eyes are hooded. If you can, skip this question and go on to the next one.
Do you notice the whites of your eyes surrounding your iris when they're in rest mode?
You have round eyes if you can see the white of your eyes at all times! If not, your eyes are almond-shaped.
We understand how difficult it can be, especially when dealing with new clients or if you're a beginner — we're here to make the process of picking the best curl and form a little easier. So now that you know how to find your or your client's eye style, here's a breakdown of some of the most popular eyelash extension styles!
Best Eyelash Extensions Styles
The cat-eye is a lash classic in which the lengths gradually increase to long lashes at the corners of the eyes — this resembles the form of a winged liner! The cat eliminates eye shape and gives a sultry appearance. Upright or downturned eyes may wish to search elsewhere; regardless, the cat-eye can make these eye forms appear smaller.
Natural Eye Shape
Our most basic style is this one. With the longest lashes ending just past your brow, this is a very natural look. Everyone can wear a natural eye, but it doesn't make much of a difference to your face - if you're going for a bold lash effect, this might not be the style for you.
Staggered Eye Shape
The staggered style is quickly becoming our most popular form. A staggered eye is created by distancing longer and shorter extensions across the lash unevenly, as seen on the Kardashians. Staggered is a beautiful alternative for most eye forms, especially if you want a more dramatic look!
Doll Eye Shape
The two-lined style is a popular choice for ladies who want fuller, more natural-looking eyes. Shorter lashes are placed in the inner and outer corners of the eye, while longer lashes are positioned along the center of the eye. This is an excellent style for mono lid, hooded, and almond eyes since it creates a flattering opened-up look.
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Common Eyelash Extension Shapes
The most popular eye form is almond. They are twice as long as they are tall and the most adaptable style in terms of styling! Clients with almond eyes may wear any style they choose because the doe eye, natural eye, and textured maps all complement this eye shape.
If your customer wants their eyes to appear larger, use a doe eye technique in which the longest strands are placed at the midpoint of the eyelid. This will open up the eyes for a more alert and wide-awake appearance. (Add a few bottom lashes to widen out the eyes even more!)
A cat-eye is an ideal option if the client wishes to elongate their natural form even more. The sultry effect will be enhanced if attention is drawn to the outer corners of the iris by maximizing length beyond its outside edge.
To maximize the effect even more, go for a bigger curl in the outermost quarter of your lash line - this will give some extra lift. Pro Tip: To keep things tidy, decrease length at the very outer corner to prevent droopiness.
Any curl will suit almond eyes. Pick this based on the desired effect. An almond-eyed customer is an excellent opportunity to stretch your creative muscles as an artist!
Round eyes are a bit less than twice as long as they are broad. If you're unsure what kind of eye your customer has, have them look straight at you. They are round if the whites of their eyes can be seen either above or below the iris.
Big, wide-set eyes have the potential to be more open and bright than other eye shapes, but with the incorrect lash map, your customer may appear as if they are in a permanent state of awe. Instead of doe or open eye styles, go for a natural or cat-eye style. Concentrating the length toward the outer corners will aid in.
Avoid the most powerful curls because they might also make your customer seem startled. Rather than a tight curl, choose something looser, such as a B or C curl, since these will complement the eye shape.
A hooded eye has lashes stretched out and over the base of natural lashes, as opposed to an almond-shaped eyelid. The lash line can be hidden under the lid, depending on the size of the hood.
Avoid tight curls like CC and D curls since these will curl to such an extent that the tips will nearly merge with the lids, producing an odd look and possible discomfort for your customer. Instead, choose a curl that extends past the hood of the lid before curling up; this guarantees that the effect is seen.
A specialized curl (for example, L, L+, or M curls) will have a straight base with a beautiful curl throughout the middle and tip of the extension. The straight base will allow the extension to sit flush against the natural lash, which will provide a stronger connection and comfort for your customer.
Deep Set Eyes
Clients with deep-set eyes have their eyes farther back in the skull than those with normal or shallow-set eyes. Since the extensions' tips frequently rub against the more prominent brow bone, curlier locks of shorter lengths may look odd. Instead, choose looser curls and longer strands—a Doe or open eye map that focuses length toward the middle.
The outer corners sit lower than the inner corners when your client's eyes are downturned. For these clients, avoid cat-eye styles since length concentrated toward the outside edges may make them appear sad or tired. Choose a doe eye or open eye map instead. The length focused in the center of the eye will assist in lifting it.
If you've been trying to get a lifting effect without using curling, we have the solution! Try forming a tight curl in the outer third of your eye (from a C to a CC curl, for example). This will offer some more lift, comparable to that provided by a lash lift. Note: this trick is adequate for most eye shapes.
Choosing lashes and curls that compliment your clients' natural features is one of the most creative and gratifying aspects of lash application. These are only a few of the many eye shapes you'll see in your career as a lash artist. Check out our complete eyelash extensions guide here: https://flowrishlashes.com/collections/digital-products/products/lash-chart