Whether you’re an aspiring lash artist who isn’t quite old enough for cosmetology school or a practicing technician who wants to get in extra practice, you might be wondering how to practice eyelash extensions at home. But can you practice professional techniques without clients and state-of-the-art tools and supplies? You can! Here’s how to hone your skills from the comfort of your home.
Get the Necessary Supplies
First, spend some time stocking up on the necessary supplies. You can’t practice eyelash extensions if you don’t have the extensions themselves or the tools to apply them. The basic tools and supplies you need include:
- Lash extensions
- Lash tape and adhesive
You can purchase these items separately or as part of an eyelash extension kit, which you can find online.
Set Up Your Space
The next tip on how to practice eyelash extensions at home is to find a quiet place to turn into your designed practice area. You can use your bedroom, living room, or kitchen. Ideally, you’ll want to have access to some kind of surface on which you can place your tools and supplies. You’ll also need a place to sit down (so grab a table and chair). This should be a relaxing place free of distractions. If the living room tends to get noisy and chaotic, steer clear. Distractions can make it harder for you to practice—you’ll be much more likely to make mistakes or get frustrated.
Find a “Client”
This is the hardest but most amusing step to take before you can start practicing lash extensions at home. You need a client on which to practice, but you might not have any willing human volunteers. What can you use, then? Most people who practice at home will either use a sponge or mannequin. Grab a clean dishwashing sponge from the kitchen or drive to your local arts and crafts store and pick out a charming mannequin head. If neither of those sound up your alley, get creative and find some other household object to use as a dummy. You can use these artificial “clients” to practice basic skills, such as applying and removing extensions, or more advanced skills, such as perfecting your volume fans. Before long, you’ll have developed and refined the skills mandatory to be a bona fide eyelash extension pro.