Lashing with Lovelle Beauty Academy
A few weeks ago, I signed up with Lovelle Beauty Academy’s Lash Course. It was something I’ve always been curious about. Lashing has become so popular in the last couple of years, it was just an industry I wanted to dip my toes into. Maybe it was something I could do for fun or on the side. Either way I was interested, so I took the leap and enrolled in Gigi’s class.
From what I heard, their classes are usually quite small and intimate. In my class, we had three girls including myself. It definitely allowed for better one on one time in the case that I needed any help or attention.
We started off with theory for the first hour and then went through all the basics of lash health, dos and don’ts, tools and everything else we needed to know before jumping into our first mannequin training.
Day one focused on Classic Sets, which involved applying one fake lash to one real lash. We got to practice with the mannequins they supplied us. Our instructor would apply a strip of fake lashes to both the mannequin eye's, which would be our base. From this, we would learn to apply the gel pads and how to map out the eye as a guide for length placement. For the most part, we practiced technique and isolation.
At around 4:30 we got our first models to come in and put our practice to the test. It was pretty nerve wracking because I had this constant fear of glueing my client's eye shut. But the nerves went away once I got into the groove of it and managed to calm down. I made some mistakes here and there, but the instructor was there to undo the sticky messes we made, so it wasn't too bad in the end. It took about three hours to finish our classic set (with the help of the instructor to ensure everyone finished on time), but by the end of it we were feeling pretty good and inspired when we saw the results.
Day two focused on Volume Sets. Again, we did a bit of theory and watched Gigi teach us how to create her volume fans. In the case of volume, it required gathering a ton of thinner lashes to create a fan that would be applied to one real lash. We got the next few hours to practice and apply it on our mannequins before the models came in. The fans however were a little tricky. The instructor made it look so easy, but it’s definitely something that requires a lot of time and practice to perfect. In my case, I got the hang of it pretty quickly, but after doing it for a few hours I started to falter. It really just requires a lot of patience.
Overall, it was a very cool experience. It felt like a bootcamp in the sense that we had to learn on the spot slightly under pressure. But at the end of the day, the only way to learn is to really just get right into it. I personally liked how we were able to practice on two models, which definitely gave me a little more real-life experience. All in all, I really enjoyed lashing and had a great time. I haven't quite decided what I want to do with it yet, but it's a skill I'm happy to have right now. At the very least, I can make my mom happy by doing her lashes whenever she likes.
Here is the result of my mom's volume set a week after I finished my course.
Photo Credits @Patrickwarpath