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When and How to Prime Eyelashes

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There’s no denying that you should always prime your clients’ eyelashes before applying any classic or volume eyelash extensions. There are several good reasons for this:

  • The primer strips natural lashes of oils and residue.
  • It provides a clean slate that has the optimal pH for bonding the lash extensions.
  • It ensures that the eyelash extension stays put and stays on longer.

Application of the primer is pretty simple and straightforward. You need a lint-free applicator that you can wet a little bit before putting a drop of the primer. Take a new and dry applicator and rub it against the one with the primer on it to ensure that you don’t have too much primer on the tip. The last thing you want is to over-saturate the applicator, and the primer solution ends up running into your client’s eyes because you put too much on. Brush the applicator gently over the lash line and over the client’s lashes with both applicators and do not rinse off.

Take note, however, that not all clients should have their natural eyelashes primed before an eyelash extension procedure. Primers are necessary for a majority of the clients that you will see, but there are a few that you should avoid using primers with. During your consultation, if you notice that the client has very dry skin around their eyes, or if they have very short and frail-looking eyelashes, it’s essential to avoid the primer altogether.

Clients with dry skin most likely won’t have the oils and residues that need to be removed before the adhesives are used against their lashes. The primer may cause the eyelash extension to become brittle in this case because the primer is designed to suck up all the oils, whether good or bad. As for clients with weak eyelashes, their eyelash may not be able to handle the ingredients within the primers. Therefore it’s better to just make sure that the lashes are clean with a simple saline solution.

Keep in mind that natural lashes should be clean of eye make-up of any kind, or moisturizers and eye creams. The excess oils will make it harder for the adhesives to bond the lash extensions to natural lashes properly. A simple reminder call is the best bet to avoid having to remove your client’s eye makeup before their appointment. Regardless, for the best service, make sure that you have makeup remover ready in case your client came to their appointment after work or could not remove their makeup beforehand.