Professional Q&A

How much should I charge clients?

Seasoned lash artists can apply at least 120 extensions in less than 2 hours for a full set. At this experience level, we recommend you charge at least $250 for full sets. If you are a junior lash artist and cannot yet properly place 60 lash extensions on each side in two hours, we recommend charging half of the minimum senior rate, or $150.

What are the differences between synthetic eyelash extension and real animal mink eyelashes?

Real mink eyelashes are made from real mink animal fur, while our Faux Mink lashes are made from a synthetic fiber that mimics the texture of real mink. After speaking with a mink farmer ourselves, we learned the unfortunate truth that minks are harmed to create real mink lashes, as the animals won’t tolerate brushing.  We made the ethical choice to create synthetic extensions to imitate real mink fur and love the results — our Faux Mink lashes have a feather light body but more predictable curl than real mink.

How do you attach one individual eyelash extension to one natural eyelash?

Using your non-dominant hand, insert fine point tweezers into the lashes and isolate one lash. Pick up an eyelash extension from the base so that it faces the same direction as your hand. Dip the lash gently into the adhesive, so that its base is immersed more than halfway. Use your tweezers to hold apart the natural lashes while you place the lash extension on top, beside, or under the natural lash. Adhesive dipping and placement time should be under 60 seconds.

How do you become a certified illumino lash professional?

We offer thorough, hands-on courses in both Classic and Volume extensions. To be Illumino-certified, you must take one of our workshops and pass both written and practical exams.

Can I wear mascara while wearing eyelash extensions?

Because eyelash extensions come in a range of diameters, it’s not necessary to wear mascara. To obtain a denser look, your lash artist may use a thicker diameter than your natural lash. If you still wish to wear mascara, we recommend a water-based variety. Waterproof mascara is not compatible with eyelash extensions because oil-based makeup removers used to remove it may loosen the eyelash adhesive’s chemical bond. Please refrain from wearing waterproof mascara, liquid eyeliner and or creamy eye shadow while you have eyelash extensions.