Lash Mapping Guide: How To Create An Eyeliner Effect With Eyelash Extensions

As lash technicians, we are constantly looking for innovative ways to accentuate our clients' eyes and create alluring looks that catch the eye. One technique that's been gaining popularity is using shorter lash extensions to create an eyeliner effect. This technique is a game-changer, and the beauty is in its simplicity - you only need your lash extension kit, some skill, and a dash of creativity.

Volume lashes, also known as Russian lashes, are the perfect tool for this eyeliner effect technique. Why? Because they allow you to create a lash fan with a fuller body, perfect for mimicking the thick, dense look of eyeliner. Now, let's dive into how you can achieve this stunning look.

Eyeliner lash extensions set

Work by @aisha_lashes

Selecting the Right Volume Lashes

This technique is all about using shorter-volume lashes. While the length can vary based on your client's preference and eye shape, generally, 6-8mm extensions work best for the eyeliner effect. Using short lengths creates density right near the lash line which is what gives that traditional eyeliner look. Our Mayfair Lashes or Chelsea Lashes are perfect for this look. Mayfair are faux mink lashes so are the best choice for a softer, fluffier look, whereas Chelsea lashes give a silkier, denser look. All of our volume lashes come in a large range of diameters so you can cater to any client, whether you need to create 2D or 6D fans!

Creating a Lash Fan

Hold the base of the volume lash extensions with your volume lash tweezers and gently pull them away from the strip, creating a lash fan. The lash fan should be wide enough to cover the lash line and mimic the effect of eyeliner. The beauty of using volume lash extensions is their versatility. You can create as thick or as thin a lash fan as you need.

Lash fan created with volume lash tweezers

Lash Mapping

When using short lash extensions to create an eyeliner effect, you can follow whatever mapping will best suit your client, however, the most popular lash mapping for this look is cat-eye. So, start with the shortest lash extensions in the inner corner, and gradually move towards the longest length of the set as you move along the lash line to the outer corner. Once you reach the last quarter of the lashes, gradually reduce the length of the lash extensions. This may seem counterintuitive, but it gives the desired look whilst also ensuring the smaller natural lashes at the outside of the eye are not under too much pressure.

As with any cat-eye look, it’s best not to use this technique on clients that have very small, or wide-set eyes, as it will only accentuate that and will often make the eyes look heavy as opposed to bright and open!

Applying the Lash Extensions

Apply the lash fan to your client's natural lashes, starting from the outer corner of the eye and working your way in. Be sure to apply the lash extensions as close as possible to the lash line for a more natural-looking effect. A pro tip here: when you're applying the lash fan, angle it slightly upwards. This gives the illusion of a flick at the end, similar to a cat-eye liner look.

Eyeliner effect lash extensions using volume lashes

Work by @aisha_lashes

Finishing Touches

This technique works great with both classic and volume lash extensions. However, our Chelsea Lashes, given their density and sleekness, are particularly suitable for creating a rich and vibrant eyeliner effect.

In conclusion, creating an eyeliner effect with lash extensions is a technique every lash technician should have in their repertoire. It's a simple yet effective way to make your client's eyes pop and give them a look that's both natural and eye-catching.

Remember, the quality of your tools can make or break the final look. At London Lash, we pride ourselves on providing top-quality lash extension supplies from beautifully fluffy volume lashes to the best lash glue. So, whether you're just starting your lash technician journey or looking to upgrade your tools, you'll find everything you need with us.

With these tips, you're ready to offer your clients the innovative, eye-catching look they desire. Go ahead and experiment with this technique, and don't forget to share your work with us.