Last week I was able to offer an experienced Lash Artist some advanced training in lash extensions. It was a great experience for both of us. This particular lash artist has been doing lash extensions from her home for several months. She has been unable to complete a full set of lashes in less than 4 hours or a fill in less than 2. This is a major hinderance to her business.
When I found out about her problem I strongly suggested she take some advanced training from me. We went over the basic Do's and Don'ts of lash services. It turned out that she was making SEVERAL rookie mistakes that were eating up precious service time.
After only 2 ours of direct 1 on 1 training she learned a handful of invaluable skills and techniques that should easily help her cut her service time in half making it possible for her to take twice as many lash clients! Not only that, but with shorter service times and happier clients she will likely tap into those valuable referrals and repeat clients.
I LOVE TRAINING!
If you or anyone you know does lash extensions or want so learn how contact Salt City Lashes today! For a small investment and a short amount of time you could easily double or triple what you make doing lashes! It is WELL worth it!
It seems that everywhere you look online there are businesses offering what they call the best lash extension training course... Well how do you know which to pick?
Here are a few red flags to look for in unprofessional training/certification courses:
1- They do not require licensure prior to training as required by their state laws. Here in the State of Utah it is required to have an active cosmetology or esthetics license in order to do lash extensions for compensation.
2- They offer a training DVD if you buy their kit. There is absolutely NO way that you can learn how to properly and safely apply lash extension by watching a DVD. This company is out to make money on you and does not care if you injure your client or put your license and name sake at risk.
3- Training takes place at un undisclosed or TBD location. You could very well be training in someone's messy living room or a dingy hotel conference room. Ensure that your training set up is sanitary and professional.
4- The trainer is not named. You could very well be trained by someone who has little to no experience doing lashes at all... THIS happened to me. I found out after the fact that my trainer was no licensed, and has only been doing lashes out of her own basement for a year...
5- They don't teach proper removal or they have you work on a mannequin. Learning proper removal is vital to any successful lash business. It is often removal that causes the most injury. Do not sign up for a training that does not teach this. (I did and had to learn it after the fact on the job) You also cannot possibly learn all the necessary skills you need working on a mannequin. You need a real model to learn about proper isolation, position, style, posture, etc.
The best lash extension courses will teach you all the aspects of lash extensions without the fluff. You can't just look at the time spent training, you have to consider the quality of the education. Consider class size, location, professionalism, quality of products used, experience of the trainer, continued support offered, etc.
If you have any other questions about the training that Salt City Lashes offers or if you are having trouble comparing our offerings to another company's we encourage you to contact us. We are glad to guide you through this process as it is a very important decision that could easily make or break your career.
FASCINATING article on fashionstyle.com today about singer Rihanna's beauty regimen.
We at Salt City Lashes are always fascinated by the beauty habits of celebrities because these are women how have tons of money and can afford any treatment or products and have to look good at all times.
According to the article, Rihanna has a personal eyelash extensionist who travels with her everywhere as she typically gets adjustments to her lashes done daily! How nice would that be?
So there you have it, the real truth. Celebrities are just as obsessed with their lashes as we all are. They just happen to have the money and need to have them professionally maintained 24/7.
I can't decide if I would hate or love that job... Maybe if Rihanna ever comes to Salt Lake City without her lash artist she'll hit us up :)
I'm also curious where this lash artist was trained. So many questions. I'm positive Salt City Lashes offers the best eyelash extension training so I want to see this person in action!
Too many times we at Salt City Lashes will get a new client who has on a bad set of eyelash extensions. Sometimes they are so bad that their lashes are too damaged and short to apply eyelash extensions safely. (To these ill trained lash artists, we implore you to take our training.) For these unfortunate victims we typically recommend they use a lash serum and return in 2-4 weeks for eyelash extension services at Salt City Lashes where we will never damage your natural lashes. We also offer free removal to anyone with lash extensions whether you got them from us or not.
Here is one article and review of a lash serum found on The Courier-Journal.com
The Best | Cosmetic eyelash builder
Eugenia Badger, Who won’t blink at buying more 4:13 p.m. EDT September 26, 2014
When I first heard about the prescription drug to grow eyelashes, it caught my attention and made me wonder about my eyelashes.
I have always hated mascara and thought it was painful to wear. My dad has threatened to disown me over the fact that I can get anything and everything into my eyes at any given point in time. So, when I heard the ad, I thought about the purpose of my lashes: They were there to keep things out of my eyes.
I called my doctor. He told me that it was really expensive and that my insurance would not cover it. OK, but I wouldn't give up.
I investigated over-the-counter/cosmetic lash builders. I had never noticed that there was such a thing until I heard the prescription drug ad. I located one and decided to try it.
I bought a tube of eyelash-enhancing serum called RapidLash. It is made in the United States and contains a product called Hexatein complex. It is applied at night to the tops of both the upper and lower lashes with a small brush. It is totally painless.
In about one week, I saw results. I had lashes! In two weeks, I had lashes to which mascara applied easily and looked nice. Mascara was no longer a pain.
The product is available in almost any drugstore for $40-$50. A tube lasts right at 30 days. It never has made my lashes such that I do not need mascara, but it has made mascara easier to apply and gotten me compliments on my lashes.
The best part of it for me is that I have not gotten anything airborne into my eyes since the 10th day of using the product.
It may be worth trying if you get things into your eyes easily or if you hate mascara but feel that you need to wear it.
I love everything about this article:
Breakthrough Breast Cancer ambassador Kerry Rubins has her false eyelashes at the ready for next challenge
26 September 2014
by Eleanor Perkins
Miss Rubins, pictured, who has been fundraising and campaigning for the breast cancer charity for more than seven years, will set off for the eight-day challenge on Friday, October 10 in a bid to defeat the 2,430 metre mountain.
While others on the walk have said they will be taking Compeed for blister protection and Batchelors Cup a Soup to keep them going, Miss Rubins said: “The one thing I can’t leave behind is my false eyelashes. If I’m going to collapse with altitude sickness, I want to look glamorous. I would take my hair straighteners but my partner reminded me there wouldn’t be any electricity.”
Kerry Rubins, who conquered The Great Wall of China in 2012, will now take on Machu Picchu in Peru
Miss Rubins has embarked on many personal challenges, dressed in pink, raising nearly £100,000 which has been in support and memory of her dear friend, Julie Mortimer who died in 2010.
She said: “This charity is very dear to my heart. My fundraising is Julie’s legacy and long may it live on.”
Miss Rubins will be one of 24 taking part and joined by five others whom she climbed the Great Wall of China with in 2012.
She said: “I suggested on the last day of China, why don’t we do Machu Picchu in two years time. So when I got back, I set up a Facebook page and asked who’s in.
“Originally 11 of the 14 signed up but we’re down to six comrades. I never knew them before, but we’ve remained friends.”
Miss Rubins has chosen to complete the climb in October due to the low humidity.
She said she will lead the group in a singalong every day and has already asked them to get thinking about their daily song preferences. She will also keep a diary.
She said: “I’m really excited and nervous. I will be relying on a lot of positive mental attitude because I haven’t really had the time to train properly. I exercise three times a week and I have taken up cycling.
“This one is for everyone who has lost someone and everyone who is going through treatment. I just want it to be for everyone.”
Miss Rubins has already raised a astounding £8,000 for the charity via this challenge but would welcome any donations to the cause. She will be taking small gifts out to the Peruvian children including pencils and pads.
To donate contact Kerry on 07708 913976 or visit www.justgiving.com/kerry-rubins23/
Wow... how do you feature the makeup artist for Kim Kardashian and say
you use eyeliner and mascara... c'mon... Strips or individual eyelash extensions!? At Salt City Lashes we pay close attention to eyelash trends and what celebrities are doing. Kim Kardashian is the false eyelash queen.
Here's the article:
Meet Kim Kardashian's Make-Up Artist, Mario Dedivanovic, Who Creates One Of The Most Sought Out Looks In The World
By Kat Ernst (email@example.com) | Sep 24, 2014 05:53 PM EDT
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Kim Kardashian went from headlining media tabloids for sex-tape scandals to eventually gracing the cover of Vogue Magazine. The reality star mogul is best known for her flawless face and precision of makeup and style. With over 19 million followers on Instagram alone and almost 24 million followers on Twitter, we have the inside scoop of the person behind the million dollar face.
Mario Dedivanovic is a master makeup artist that creates flawless facial transformation using ones natural completion, blending, sculpting and highlighting. With 85,000 twitter followers he is amongst the most highly followed makeup artist it the world. His Instagram pages are filled with personal and editorial pictures of Kardashian and his work.
Here are some of his exclusive tips...
For past red carpets and events he has kept Kardashian's makeup simple and feminine with a luminous highlighted look that she is famous for.
"For Elton John's Oscar party, I kept Kim and Kourtney's makeup simple and feminine," Mario revealed on his blog. "I focused on their already gorgeous eyes by adding black liner and mascara along the upper lid and lashes."
Here are some other makeup tips for the less inclined.
Great moisturizers are key. He has stated that he likes the moisturizer line Le Mer. -runs about $160- To create his trademark look.
Mario uses Eye M Glam Highlighting Powder by GIELLA. He uses it all over the skin, usually the cheekbone area and under the eyes.
He lines the lips and starts with the outer corners going inward with a shape that's a bit darker then your natural look. If you put a lighter shade in the center of your lips it creates a larger lip.
Brows are important when it comes to symmetry. Pay more attention to filling in the brows outward. He uses Brow Tech To Go Brow Pencil by SMASHBOX. Remember not to over-tweeze, notice how models always have heavier brows.
Mario also transforms the faces for countless other celebrity's for red carpets, photo shoots and magazine covers. Natasha Bedingfield, Michelle Williams and Christina Aguilera are amongst them.
Additionally Mario holds lectures and workshops for doting makeup artist who also want a piece of his infamous celebrity work. Makeup is a form of art and he is one of the best painters.
I love WebMD. Here's what they say about Eyelash Extensions. Salt City Lashes approves this article :) FYI we have save glues that are formaldehyde-free and medical grade. We get all of our products from ExtensionsForEyelashes.com who buys direct from the manufacture.
The 411 on Eyelash Extensions
Tempted to invest in these luscious add-ons? Here's how to do it right.
By Sonya Collins
Reviewed by Mohiba Tareen, MD
WebMD Magazine - Feature
If you're like most women, mascara is a key item in your makeup bag. Some 65% of us whisk it on our lashes in hopes of making them look longer and fuller. But do you ever wish your lashes were just longer and fuller to begin with?
Your wish might be granted: Eyelash extensions are a growing trend at spas and salons. "Extensions look beautiful when they're done right. They completely eliminate all need for mascara," says Sophy Merszei, founder and CEO of NovaLash, a Texas-based company that certifies eyelash technicians.
Eyelash extensions are individual lashes, made of a synthetic fiber such as nylon, which a professional glues one by one to each of your top lashes. "It is one of the hardest beauty procedures for a cosmetologist to learn. It's like microsurgery," Merszei says.
Using long, pointed tweezers, the tech brushes a single synthetic lash in a dab of adhesive. With another pair of tweezers, she separates the natural lashes to isolate just one. She places the synthetic lash on the natural lash, holding it for a few seconds while the glue bonds. The tech repeats the process, one lash at a time, attaching 40 to 100 lashes per eye. The tech will use several lengths of lashes, attaching the longest artificial lashes to your longest natural lashes.
Eyelash extensions last a few weeks to 2 months and fall out when your natural lashes do. "You should still have 50% of the extensions remaining after 30 days. Then all you need is a little touch-up once a month on the regrowth," Merszei says.
Find a Good Eyelash Extension Technician
Eyelash extensions are relatively new in the United States. The FDA does not regulate the products, and Texas is the only state that regulates the industry.
"Individuals need to advocate for themselves. Is the facility clean and neat? Are the technicians well trained? Does the facility have a good reputation?" says Philip R. Rizzuto, MD. He's an eye doctor and communications secretary for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Merszei recommends you first choose a national brand that certifies technicians, and then find a technician in your area. That way, you can research the training, the products, and who can buy the products. Some brands sell only to licensed beauty or health professionals, so if a salon uses that product, its techs have credentials.
"We get calls and emails every week from people who end up in the doctor's office," Merszei says, "because they had a poorly trained technician."
Unqualified techs might apply lashes to the eyelid instead of the lash, which can cause irritation or even serious injury. Or they might apply several lash extensions to one natural lash, causing lashes to fall out prematurely from the weight. Some may glue strips of false lashes to clients' eyelids with permanent adhesive. All of these are dangerous, improper techniques.
Find a Good Eyelash Extension Technician continued...
"The technician should go through all the risks and benefits of having eyelash extensions" before applying them, Merszei says. The technician should also ask about any conditions you may have that would make eyelash extensions unsuitable for you.
Online, you'll find a lot of conflicting information about formaldehyde in eyelash adhesives. Many adhesives do contain at least trace amounts, as do many cosmetics, including some mascaras. A small percentage of people are allergic to the chemical. Some brands offer adhesives with formaldehyde levels too low for a lab test to detect or trace amounts below the maximum the FDA recommends for cosmetics. Many adhesives are intended specifically for sensitive clients.
Seek brands that openly share this information."I'm not here to talk people out of getting eyelash extensions. But not everybody is a good candidate," Merszei says. "I've had mine on for about 9 years now. I just keep touching them up, and I love them."
Eyelash Extension Tips
Rizzuto offers these pointers for readers interested in eyelash extensions.
Don't confuse semi-permanent eyelash extensions with a surgical eyelash transplant -- a procedure that only a doctor can do.
Eyelash extensions are a spa or salon procedure that takes 2 to 3 hours for the first application, which can run from $150 to $600, depending on your location. Monthly touch-ups range from $50 to about $65.Look for a salon that uses medical-grade adhesive, like the type used to close wounds in lieu of stitches.
Choose a brand that discloses ingredients. Many companies post safety and toxicity reports on their web sites or provide them upon request.
"The biggest concern with regard to eyelash adhesive is whether a person is sensitive or allergic to anything in the glue," Rizzuto says. "She should ask what type of adhesive is used and what the ingredients are. Then she can assess whether or not she may be allergic to any of the ingredients."
Find more articles, browse back issues, and read the current issue of "WebMD Magazine."
I would like to start a series on this blog about the art of eyelash extensions. I have a background in art. I used to do drawing and painting before I had kids so I feel that I have an eye for shape, style and proportions. Look at this set of lashes, what do you see?
Clearly they are long, well placed and full. Kudos to the artist. Although... Here's what I see: There are no extensions at all on the inner 1/5th of the eyelid. That bothers me. I like to taper down and do as many lashes as I can so that the black long lash extensions don't just come to an immediate end.
What else do I notice? The lash extensions are so long that they almost touch the lower line of the eyebrow. You need to carefully examine the size and shape of your client's feature before determining what length would be appropriate.
At Salt City Lashes we do so much more than just glue individual eyelash extensions to your natural lashes. We create little works of art. We will help you find the perfect length, curl, and style to suit your style, features and personality.
It is always a good idea to look at what kind of lash strips are selling and what kind of styles you can mimic using individual lash extensions. Here is a great article on eyelash strips that will help you see the many variations of styles you can request before getting your lashes done at Salt City Lashes in Salt Lake City Utah. At Salt City Lashes we also offer extensive one-on-one training in the art of lash extensions. We will teach you all you need to know about eyelash extensions as well as teach you how to stylize and create the best lash look for each client.
Here's the article I posted on thetrendygirl.com:
All About False Lashes
On the nights when an extra coat of mascara just won’t do, bust out a pair of false lashes and turn some heads. Don’t be afraid – I promise it’s not as hard as you think.
Here's what you'll need:
1. CHOOSING LASHES
False lashes come in many different shapes and sizes. Some are natural, some are super dramatic.If you prefer a doll-like doe eye, go for lashes that are long in the center. If you like a sexy cat-eye, get lashes that become longer towards the ends.You can also buy individual lashes. They take a little longer to apply but yield a very natural, controllable result.
2. SIZING LASHES
Every eye size is different. Remove lash strip from package and gently bend back and forth. This will help loosen up the lash strip, making it more pliable. Now, place lashes directly above lash line. Lashes should begin a few millimeters away from the inner corner of your eye.When cutting lashes down to size, always trim away the outer end. Do a little at a time – you don’t want to cut off too much!
3. CURL LASHES
Now is the time to curl your lashes. Once the lashes are glued on, it will be difficult to curl unruly lashes. Don't give your lashes too severe of a curl. Remember, your falsies need to lie against your natural lashes.
Adhesive is shown in red for demonstration.
I like Duo adhesive. You can find it in any drugstore in the eyelash/beauty department. It looks like a milky white glue, but it will dry clear.
Now, there are many ways to go about this. You can apply glue directly from the tube onto lashes, but this method often results in too much glue. I like to deposit a dab of glue from the tube onto the back end of an eyeliner brush.
Now, hold lashes between your finger and gently run the glue evenly along the strip. You are looking for a thin, even layer of glue on the lash strip only.
Once adhesive is applied to lash strip – WAIT, about 20 seconds! Adhesive needs time to set and become tacky. If glue is too wet when you apply your lashes, the falsies will slide around and make a big sticky mess!
5. APPLY LASHES
You’ve waited 20 seconds, and now you are ready to apply. Don’t be nervous.
Using either your fingers or a pair of tweezers, grasp the lash side of the falsies (lash strip facing you), tilt your head back (so that you are looking down, into your mirror) and gently place lash strip directly above your natural lashes.
Use the back of an eyeliner brush, pen, or any other clean stick-like object, to guide the lashes as close to your lash line as possible. Using the same utensil, gently press the lash strip against your skin. This will help to secure your falsies in place.
6. FINISHING TOUCHES
Initially, your lashes may feel funny. They will feel heavy and it may feel strange to look through them. As long as they are not pinching or painful, you will get used to the sensation. It will take about 15 minutes.
I like to apply a few light strokes of mascara after the falsies are on. It’s a good way to blend your natural lashes with the false ones. It also lifts the lashes so you don’t feel like you’re looking through a curtain of hair.
Fill in any gaps where skin shows with liquid liner. If for whatever reason, the lashes look completely atrocious and you’ve deemed them insalvageable – gently peel them off, remove dried glue, and start again.
Grasp the outer edge of lashes and gently pull up, toward the inner corner of your eye. If the falsies are stuck on your natural lashes, use soap and warm water to dissolve the glue a bit. Once the glue is more pliable, it should peel away more easily.
If the lashes are in good shape, peel dried glue off and place them in their original packaging. They’re good to go a couple more rounds.
Check out this flawless before (right) and after (left). These beautiful eyelash extensions were done at Salt City Lashes by someone who trained at Salt City Lashes. Consider our training today!
If you are passionate about lash extensions like we are, consider our professional training course! If you are licensed cosmetologist or esthetician, you need to learn how to do lash extensions! Your career will never be the same.
Salt City Lashes offers one of the most customized and comprehensive lash trainings available anywhere! Learn from the best and we will make you into the best. For more information check out our training page.