Every new lash artist struggles with isolation. Even industry vets have days when all the lashes seem to just want to do their own thing and we want to throw our tweezers.
The Point is, it’s not just you!
Learning to isolate quickly and completely takes time. So don’t toss your tweezers. Take a deep breath and lets look at some tips to calm those shaking fingers.
Lighting You Can See By
If you can’t see, you can’t isolate. Period!
Everyone needs good lighting to be able to see those baby lashes that are sometimes so fine they almost disappear. Invest in proper lighting.
I find magnifying glasses that have a light to be a nice addition once in a while, but relying on them to be both bright enough and cost effective can
be a mistake.
Those suckers run through batteries like crazy and shadows are not chased away by their tiny beam.
Not all lights are created equal.
Color temperature and range is important, too. My preference is an 18inch ring light with a 3200K-5600K adjustable color temp range, at least 42watts and 4800Lumens or 2100Lux.
Bet’cha didn’t expect a light tech lesson, did ya? I’m specific about those numbers because less than that can end up being too dim, especially if the light’s cover is very opaque.
I also suggest a light that has a phone and camera attachment included. It’s great for getting perfect angles and recording video for marketing purposes.
A wall mount is a much more sturdy investment than the standard included tripod, too. If you have a wall or ceiling stud available you can save some floor space and not worry about your light tipping over all the time.
Vision Is Your Livelihood
Whether you have perfect 20/20 or need some help for every day viewing, focusing on tiny hairs may need a little help.
Magnifying glasses can solve this problem, but only if you choose the right ones for you.
There are dozens of options available, from drug store readers to hundreds+ jeweler loupes and prescription lenses.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to have good focus.
You should consult your optometrist to determine what will work best for you. Speaking from experience, using too high X power can be just as bad as not using anything.
I also wear glasses or contacts, depending on my mood, so I needed something that would not be too heavy when I was wearing my glasses. These were perfect for me and they come with 5 lenses of different powers.
Learning to lash with magnifiers does take some time. Start out slowly, using them for a few minutes at a time. Even as you get used to using them for full sets, give your eyes regular breaks. My optometrist’s rule of thumb is 20/20/20. Every 20 minutes, look away up to 20ft for at least 20 seconds. If you snag a new dot of adhesive every 20, you’ve got the perfect timing already in place.
Taping properly is a skill all on it’s own and I’ll talk more about it in another post. Here I’ll talk about what I’ve found work best for me, for tape isolation.
For upper lids and layers, I love 1inch wide microfoam tape, also by 3M. Microfoam is flexible, stretchy and extremely gentle on the skin. I use one, 1 and a half inch long, strip sliced lengthwise, per set. It’s easily moved and adjusted throughout the set without having to have 4 pieces of tape per eye.
There are so many ways to lash layers, but for isolation purposes, taping up already lashed lashes gives you easier access to those naturals still waiting for a new extension.
There’s a reason I use the same piece of microfoam on upper lids all the way up to this point. The natural oils and skin cells on a client’s eyelid has detacked the surface of my tape by this point. Extensions are going to be much easier to release from the tape.
By taping already extended lashes out of the way, you not only expose naturals that can be lashed, you’ve done a ton of isolation without the touch of a tweezer!
You can also use this technique at the beginning of a set to pull the longest and top layer naturals out of the way, to lash the lower layer first.
Tweezers for Isolation
I have a whole other post about tweezers coming, but I do want to say that for isolation, fine sharp points that can sneak between those soft baby hairs are a huge benefit.
My personal preference is a 45degree angle tweezer with tiny points. The Rita from Sinful Lashes is my absolute go to for isolation!
No matter what style of tweezer you prefer, it should have those features that make isolation easy. A blunt isolation tweezer cannot do the job well.
Use your pickup tweezer, too!
I see many new artists struggle to use a single tweezer and drive themselves bonkers because they believe they suck at isolation.
There is no rule that only your isolation tweezer can be used to isolate. In fact, most instructors will teach to use both tweezers before pickup. It saves time and gives you that little bit of “an extra hand” to tuck those stubborn babies out of the way.
Don’t work harder, work smarter and use that other hand.
Hope these tips come in handy! Shout out if you have questions or want to share your faves!
Have tips or tricks for isolation that you can’t lash without? I’d love to hear them! Comment, email or dm your thoughts below!