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Deanna Rae Artistry
Posts: 3
Chicago, Illinois, US


I'm a bridal makeup artist in Chicago and I'm considering doing a eyelash extension training with Xtreme Lash. Since a half full of bridal from 2012 go lash extension for their wedding day. I figured I'd get certified and add it to my menu of services. I'm was looking for input from other bridal mu Artist who have also gone this route. And what the pros and con are?
Jan 11 13 12:17 pm  Link  Quote 
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jmorrismua
Posts: 56
Chicago, Illinois, US


This is a great question to ask. I'll be awaiting answers also.

-Jocelyn
Jan 11 13 05:16 pm  Link  Quote 
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Makeup By Shalini
Posts: 2
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


I am keen to know the pro's and con's as well
Jan 13 13 04:53 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jaime Criel Makeup
Posts: 149
New York, New York, US


I'm trained and certified in eyelash extension applications. It's a great service to have on your menu because you can make great money and will always have repeat clients (they will need to get their lashes touched up every 4-6 weeks).

It is a big commitment. You will need a massage table that you can bring to your clients or a studio to have them come to you. A proper light and magnifying glass can help too. The schooling is expensive and so are the needs for your kit.
It's an expensive part of your business to get in to but if you really make the commitment, you will earn back your money spent ten fold.

I appreciate that you are doing your research and looking into getting properly certified. Many people think they can just do lash extensions or get training online but this is an extremely dangerous idea. If you use improper tools or don't know what you're doing, you can blind someone or permanently damage their eyes. Because of the potential danger this includes, you may want to invest into getting an LLC for your business.

If you are not a patient person, this is not for you. It can take up to 3 hours to properly apply lashes when you are new. Remember that you are putting ONE individual lash on each and every eyelash.

If you guys have any questions..feel free to post them here!
Jan 13 13 05:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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jmorrismua
Posts: 56
Chicago, Illinois, US


Thanks for responding Do you have to be a licensed cosmetologist to get into the school? I'm basically a self taught mua. Would I be respected in that industry without any other type of certification?

Jaime Criel Makeup wrote:
I'm trained and certified in eyelash extension applications. It's a great service to have on your menu because you can make great money and will always have repeat clients (they will need to get their lashes touched up every 4-6 weeks).

It is a big commitment. You will need a massage table that you can bring to your clients or a studio to have them come to you. A proper light and magnifying glass can help too. The schooling is expensive and so are the needs for your kit.
It's an expensive part of your business to get in to but if you really make the commitment, you will earn back your money spent ten fold.

I appreciate that you are doing your research and looking into getting properly certified. Many people think they can just do lash extensions or get training online but this is an extremely dangerous idea. If you use improper tools or don't know what you're doing, you can blind someone or permanently damage their eyes. Because of the potential danger this includes, you may want to invest into getting an LLC for your business.

If you are not a patient person, this is not for you. It can take up to 3 hours to properly apply lashes when you are new. Remember that you are putting ONE individual lash on each and every eyelash.

If you guys have any questions..feel free to post them here!

Jan 14 13 04:15 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
liddellphoto
Posts: 1,801
London, England, United Kingdom


My sister has done these part time for 2 years now and constantly gets new clients coming to her because they have had them done elsewhere and the person who did it has made a mess so it does seem like some training is a good idea.

At least here in the UK it seems to be very good money at the moment because once people get them they need in-fills or their lashes look a mess. You also get constant free advertising because your work is permanently on people's eyes!
Jan 14 13 05:16 am  Link  Quote 
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Jaime Criel Makeup
Posts: 149
New York, New York, US


No...you don't need to have a license. Most makeup artists are "self taught". It would never be an issue smile
Jan 14 13 01:34 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lindsey Goldstein
Posts: 87
Freehold, New Jersey, US


I was trained through Novalash. I did my research and for me they seemed like the best option. It's not as expensive as Extreme and the glue they use is a great formula. Also they have a great support group on facebook. My training was one day, but please understand you won't really be ready to go, you'll just get your certification. You have to practice ALOT, it can be grueling at first, just isolating a single lash takes a while. But if you like detail work like I do, you'll enjoy it and you'll get faster. People charge up to $350 for a full set, but from what I've learned you charge according to how fast you can do it. Applying a full set can take up to 3 hours. So the quicker you can do it making sure it of course looks great, the more you can charge. That being said people charge less in a market where it's widely available. Also if you go to any lash site, it will usually say that it only sells products to those who are licensed in esthetics or cosmetology. I had to fax a copy of my license to take the class and buy the kit. But not all companies might do that.

I think it's a great service to offer and good money. Pros are a lot more women are getting allergic to the glue that's used. But not much you can do for that but try sensitive glue formulas. Hope this helped! : )
Jan 31 13 02:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Tamika Patrice
Posts: 304
Los Angeles, California, US


Greaattt question. I have been pondering on this for a while now. Thanks Pros!!
Jan 31 13 05:38 pm  Link  Quote 
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LORA NESS MUA
Posts: 1
Clinton, Missouri, US


I am currently certified and licensed in the state of Mo for cosmetology and lashes. I'm also a working and traveling MUA. While I'm sure your friends and family members can be self-taught and trained on how to apply them, there actually is a proper technique to applying them. There a ton of different things that can go wrong during the application process one of which is BLINDNESS!  If you don't have a license, you can't carry insurance. I know in Mo. you can't attend any training classes without an esthetics/cosmo license....and for good reason. These are pharmaceutical grade chemicals that you're working with next to someone's eyes. I don't mean to offend, but I don't want someone who hasn't been properly trained in sanitation or who isn't insured near my eyes! There are too many things that can go wrong!
   Those of us that have paid our dues and tuition (I have for undergrad and Cosmo school) consider it a slap in the face when individuals flood the market, who have zero training, and do a poor job! It gives all of us a bad name...including yourself! If you care about the beauty industry, educate yourself, pay your dues like the rest of us, then you can do a superior job confidently! Until then, please leave it to the professionals
May 25 13 07:18 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Lyssa Brianne
Posts: 1
Springfield, Illinois, US


THANK YOU

LORA NESS MUA wrote:
I am currently certified and licensed in the state of Mo for cosmetology and lashes. I'm also a working and traveling MUA. While I'm sure your friends and family members can be self-taught and trained on how to apply them, there actually is a proper technique to applying them. There a ton of different things that can go wrong during the application process one of which is BLINDNESS!  If you don't have a license, you can't carry insurance. I know in Mo. you can't attend any training classes without an esthetics/cosmo license....and for good reason. These are pharmaceutical grade chemicals that you're working with next to someone's eyes. I don't mean to offend, but I don't want someone who hasn't been properly trained in sanitation or who isn't insured near my eyes! There are too many things that can go wrong!
   Those of us that have paid our dues and tuition (I have for undergrad and Cosmo school) consider it a slap in the face when individuals flood the market, who have zero training, and do a poor job! It gives all of us a bad name...including yourself! If you care about the beauty industry, educate yourself, pay your dues like the rest of us, then you can do a superior job confidently! Until then, please leave it to the professionals

Nov 10 14 12:12 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Jen B
Posts: 3,127
Hopkinsville, Kentucky, US


LORA NESS MUA wrote:
... If you care about the beauty industry, educate yourself, pay your dues like the rest of us, then you can do a superior job confidently! Until then, please leave it to the professionals

While the OP is an admitted self-taught mua I fully understood from her post and reply that she is looking to attend formal, structured training in eyelash extension application.

Jen

Nov 10 14 03:00 pm  Link  Quote 
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