Have you ever done a set and when the client finally opens their eyes, the look just isn't exactly what you were going for? We can do all the designing beforehand and mapping of our sets before we begin, but sometimes it just doesn’t translate well on the eye itself once it’s executed.
The reason being is, everyone’s eyelids are shaped differently and sit higher or lower or protrude outward or are more sunken in than we have anticipated. Or maybe like my model in the examples photos I have in this post, they already have extensions on and the styling is different than the one you’re going to aim for, so it will take some time to transition the shape, over 1-2 fills usually.
Whatever the reason is, it’s sooooo beneficial to not only take ‘after’ photos of each and every set or fill you do, but to analyze those photos afterwards. I absolutely believe that in order to become better at anything, you should have a healthy level of self criticism. Holding yourself accountable, pushing yourself to be better and to constantly evolve is how we grow and perfect ourselves. Looking at your photos helps you see things with a different perspective and provides you the opportunity to evaluate the result long after the client has walked out the door, after only briefly being able to check them out.
Another positive to doing this, is that when you determine how you’d like to do things differently next time and have come up with a plan, sharing that with your client is something that will make a significant impact on them. Can you imagine how great it would feel to walk into an appointment and hearing your service provider tell you that they took some time to review your photos and they really think it would be more flattering to make these certain tweaks in order to get you an even better result this time? And to hear your thoughts on it and take that into consideration as well? A great hairstylist does this, why shouldn’t lash artists?
So, here’s what I recommend you do…
Snap pictures of your final results, both of your client laying on the bed, as well as standing up. It’s also a great idea to take a photo of the gel pad or keep a note of the mapping you did. You’ll use these to help you become a better artist by addressing your shortcomings and things you need to improve on, as well as figuring out how you can achieve your desired shaping and styling in future appointments if that’s something that didn’t come out exactly like you would have liked.
Here’s some examples:
Examine their photo and note any areas you could have done better on. Is there a more sparse area that you didn’t put as much time into? What can you do differently next time to ensure that doesn’t happen? Can you be more intentional with the pattern of your placements? Meaning, placing a few in each zone and doing one whole pass through one eye of that routine and then doing the exact same thing on the other eye and repeating it back and forth. Was it the inner corner and that area is more challenging for you? Can you do those first so you make sure they get done and full before you move on to easier portions of the eye? Are some lashes a little wonky in their placement and your eye is being drawn towards those few extensions that are aiming the wrong direction? Maybe you don’t see the lashes much from the front so you’d like to try a tighter curl next time to give that extra lift their eyes may need.
Whatever it is, being intentional with critiquing your own work and making it a point to improve is what will help you to develop a really strong skill set!
You’ll also want to examine their photo and determine if there’s anything you want to do differently next time with their shaping. For instance, maybe on your gel pad design you had wanted the area of emphasis (the longest length portion) to be in the middle, but when they opened, it was actually more towards the outer edge. Now you can make note that you’d want to move that zone however much over on the gel pad you determine is needed to achieve the longer lengths being in the middle.
Next time you see your client you could say something like, “Hey, I was looking at your photo and I really think it would look so pretty on you if we gave you more of a doll/open eyed look. I was going for that last time, but they ended up being a little longer more towards the outer portion of your eye. How do you feel about me moving your longer lengths closer towards the center of your eye? I think it would really make your eyes pop!”
Just knowing how much effort and care you put into their result will mean so much to your client and really validate their decision to choose you as their lash artist. I know if I were that client, I’d be telling all my friends about how I have the best lash girl!
Here’s an example of the photo of my model I recently did, who came to me with lash extensions on:
Her area of emphasis was more towards her outer eye, and I thought it would be pretty to bring her length further in and really accentuate the peak of her brow. Like this:
Because I was transitioning her look from her previous fill, I was able to see that my attempt at reshaping her lashes wasn’t completely successful as we still needed to bring down the length on the outer portion of her eyes, but that would happen over time. Another thing I was able to notice though by having her pictures to review, was that I also could have gone longer on her area of emphasis now that I was able to see how well her eye handled those 13mms at the longest. It's just a great way to be able to become aware of ways to improve and deliver your clients the best results possible!
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