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How to Choose Eyelash Extensions for Different Shape Eyes

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The best part about lash extensions is the thrill of enhancing your eyes––arguably, one of the first things people notice about a face. A seasoned lash specialist can help you choose lashes that will work best for your eyes by analyzing the shape of the eyes, face, and what type of look you want to achieve, whether natural or dramatic.

Better than the most volumizing mascara, faux lashes can open your eyes and transform your whole look. Our lash techs will walk you through the steps of what to know about choosing lashes and caring for your lashes.

There’s an art to selecting and applying lashes. If the lash specialist knows what they’re doing, then they will refrain from choosing lashes that will grab attention for all the wrong reasons. 

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Almond Eyes

Almond-shaped eyes are wide in the center and narrow to a point at the outer corner. While extra volume will enhance the look of the eyes, any lash works on almond shaped eyes. The C curl lash has a nice medium between curled and not overly curled. 

Round Eyes

Round eyes are already open and big looking, so unless the client wishes their eyes to look like they border on theatrical, go for less of a curl in the lash. We recommend a cat eyelash if applying individual lashes, where the outer corner is longer than the inner corner lash. Opt for a Dolly lash design where the lashes are longer in the center of the eye if you’re going for a theatrical and striking round eye. Upturned eyes have a cat-eye shape and work well with a cat lash design and a B curl lash. 

Hooded Eyes

Since hooded eyes have little to no crease over the eyelids, wearing lashes with less of a curl that lays on the natural lash line will make the eyes appear bigger and accentuate them the best. Lashes with less of a curl will work well with downturned eyes.

In addition to synthetic and silk lashes being cruelty-free, they are the most popular options. 

Types of Lashes

  • Mink Eyelashes
  • Faux Mink Eyelashes
  • Synthetic
  • Sable Eyelashes
  • Silk Eyelashes

Things to Consider if You Have Sensitive Eyes

Most lash adhesives do not have formaldehyde, yet virtually all lash adhesive has a by-product of formaldehyde called cyanoacrylate. Formaldehyde or cyanoacrylate can irritate sensitive eyes. Cyanoacrylate is a fast-drying adhesive, so nail techs use it to set lashes quickly. There are lash adhesives on the market that don’t contain cyanoacrylate. Inform your nail tech that you have sensitive skin and eyes and need a gentler adhesive.

Caring for Your Lashes

You can help keep your lashes looking good and last longer. Here are some steps to take in caring for your lashes: 

  • Avoid moisturizer around the lash line after you first get new lashes
  • Use an oil-free makeup remover around the eye
  • Avoid water-proof or oil-based products
  • Using a clean spoolie, brush out your lashes when needed
  • Avoid touching lashes or rubbing eyes
  • Opt for sleeping on softer, silky pillowcases

For more of the latest tips and trends, check out the trends archives created by Ogle School. 

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.