If you’re interested in the beauty industry and looking for a new career, becoming a lash artist might be the best option for you! You can flaunt your creativity with beautiful lash sets, not to mention the high financial incentive.
Here is a step-by-step guide to start your journey in the lash industry.
Licensing & Certification Requirements
Licensing requirements depends on the state you plan to perform services. For example, in the State of Nevada, an estheticians license is required to perform any lash extension services. If you would like more information on licensing, look at our other blog post explaining the requirements by state. Requirements are subject to change, so please confirm with your state representative before making any decisions about starting school or becoming a lash artist!
Lash Certification and Training
While many states do not require lash training and certification, we highly recommend to take a class to properly perform lash extensions. You can always self-teach yourself, but nothing compares to taking a class from a professional to ensure you are properly doing lash extensions. If you live in Las Vegas, you can join our lash classes!
Setting Up Your Station
In order to make this a long term career, you need to find what kind of station set up works for you ergonomically. Many lash technicians get injured and develop body pain throughout their career, so you want to ensure you are working as comfortably as possible. There are many different lashing beds and recliners you can choose for your clients, chairs and stools for you to sit on, and various eyelash extension lamps to choose from as well.
Choosing the right supplies is important. You want high quality adhesive and extensions so your clients have optimal retention. You don’t want your clients to come back every time for a lash fix! It saves you time and money. Carpel tunnel is a common problem amongst lash artists due to poor quality of tweezers. Choosing the right tweezers will save your hands, wrists and forearms.
Once you have all your required licensing and lash certifications and learned the basics, either through a class, or self-taught, it’s time to practice your skills. You can advertise yourself as a beginner lash artist that is taking models on social media! We always recommend brand new lash artists to spend at least a month working on live models before taking any paying clients!
Once you feel confident in your lashing abilities, it’s time to look for a job or start your own independent business! You can either apply at a salon, or you can try working as an independent artist!
WARNING Working as an independent lash artist can be difficult when first starting as you need to learn all the skills of a business owner such as marketing, bookkeeping, maintaining inventory, etc, while you are still mastering your lashing skills and building your clientele.