A Comprehensive Guide To Lash Mapping

As a beginner lash artist, you might ask yourself many questions about mapping. What is lash mapping? How do you map eyelashes? Why is lash mapping is essential? Can you mix C and D curls? In this blog, we will answer as many questions as possible to help lash artists struggling with this topic.

A Quick Guide To Lash Mapping

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Let's start with the basics, and you need to map out your sets because it will allow you to stick to the map and create the exact look your client is asking. Think of it as if you are driving to a specific destination. You need a GPS ( formerly known as a map ) to tell you where you need to go. Without the GPS, you can end up somewhere else. Similarly, if you don't have a CLEAR map of the type of look you are trying to achieve for your client, you WILL get lost.

Importance of Lash Mapping

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Before mapping, you need to assess your client's facial features and determine what type of style will compliment their features. ( We do have an entire ONLINE course on mapping, where we teach you this in-depth ) If interested in that course, here is the link Lash Mapping Online Course 

Free Lash Mapping Guide 

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In this blog, we will discuss the lash mapping guide, why it is essential for lash artists, and lash mapping styles but before that, let's get to know what you need.

It is the simple part; you'll need some eye patches and a sharpie.

Apply the patches on the clients eyes appropriately 

Divide the client's eye into two quadrants, then again into two more, and lastly into two more. You will have a total of 8 quadrants. After doing this, you will add the lengths you plan on using for this specific client. Keep in mind the image below shows a detailed map. Not all maps will be this simple. As you start learning how to work with multiple layers, you will have more and more numbers and details on your mapping.

You can draw on the desired lengths and mapping before your client's arrival (if you already know the map you plan to use, for example, if this is a regular client, that always gets the same style ). * But generally, you will need to map out the set directly on the client's eye patches once you have applied them.

What does eyelash mapping mean

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Lash Mapping

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PRO TIP: Before the appointment, ask the client to give you a photo of their eyes so you can check out their eye shape and mentally try and offer them some styles that will be appropriate for them. It will save you a significant amount of time, and you will look and feel more confident and knowledgeable because you have done your research.

 

HOW TO DETERMINE WHAT WILL BEST SUIT YOUR CLIENT?

First, let's determine their eye shape:

Determine if your client's eyelid has a crease. If the upper eyelid is smooth, your client has a monolid, considered a primary eye shape.

Look at the outer corners of your client's eyes and imagine a straight, horizontal line extending from the outer corner to your client's pupil. If the line is above their pupil, your client has upturned eyes, and if the line is below their pupil, your client has downturned eyes, both of which are considered basic eye shapes.

Lash Mapping

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LASH MAPPING STYLES

You can then pick your lash map once you've determined your client's eye shape. There are several lash types to choose from; we've included a few lash maps examples below:

Here are some very common lash mapping styles you can try on your clients.

 

Lash mapping styles
These styles are a little bit more advanced, as they include working with multiple lash layers and utilizing refined curls like L and M curls which are not standard and require some unique training and skill.

 

Lash Mapping Styles

 

 

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Lash Mapping Styles

 

Cat: use the longest lashes towards the outside edge of the lashes to create the illusion of wide-set "exotic" eyes. If your client has Almond, close-set eyes, this is an appropriate choice.

 

Doll: Applying lash extensions in the same direction as the natural lashes will give you fuller, longer-looking lashes while keeping the natural eyelash pattern. Almond and Upturned Eyes will work perfectly with this mapping.

Doll eyelash extensions

 

Squirrel: To achieve this look, start short and gradually lengthen, with the halfway point being the most extended length, before shortening progressively again.

So a client with Almond, Close-set, Downturned eyes is perfect for this lash style.

Squirrel lash mapping

 

Open eye: Establish the illusion of wide, open eyes by using longer lashes in the midsection of the lashes. Almond and wide-set eyes go well together.

 

Kim K: One of the most common lash styles is Kim K. To achieve the Kim K look, spikes or the longer lengths are placed in different eye parts to produce a wispy set. Clients with Round and Almond eyes are both perfect for this lash style.

Wispy lash extensions

 

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Cat eye lash extensions

You can do a cat-eye look with L curl lashes in the outer corners for additional lifting. However, you can also achieve this look with more standard curls like C, CC, and D. This mapping style is ideal for clients with downward-facing eyes as it will lift the eyes and give an illusion of nonsurgical lifting.

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Squirrel mapping

This client had wanted a little lifting on the outer corners; we managed to achieve it with the help of this type of mapping.

Lash mapping for this set, and this set is a Squirrel map. It works great for clients that have downturned eyes.

Lash mapping for beginners

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Volume Lash Mapping

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DOWNWARD FACING EYES

Downward-facing eyes tend to look droopy if they are styled incorrectly. There are some contraindications for clients with this type of eye shape. You want to avoid the squirrel mapping since it will make the eyes look droopy like sad puppy dog eyes. We want to avoid this at all costs.

Lash mapping guide

 

Try this mapping to elevate the client's eye and correct the visual dropping effect.

 

Lash mapping tips
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HOW TO WORK WITH A CLIENT WHOSE EYES ARE FAR APART?

  1. Avoid cat-eye and squirrel mapping since it will emphasize the distance between the two eyes, making them look further apart.
  2. Avoid long lengths and strong curls like D DD, L, and M on the outer corners, emphasizing the outer corners.
  3. Pick dolly eye mapping and or a natural mapping to remove the emphasis on the outer corner of the client's eye and improve focus on the inner corner by filling in the inner corners.
  4. Fill in the inner corners well, emphasizing the eyes are coming closer together and looking more balanced.
  5. Experiment with colors as this will emphasize the client's eyes and remove the emphasis on the eyes looking not balanced.

     

    How do you do lash mapping?

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    Why lash mapping is important?

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    Eyelash mapping guide: Avoid mistakes like this in lash mapping

    Lash mapping for beginners

     

    LET'S ASSESS THIS IMAGE:

    This image shows us why mapping is so essential. On the left, we did a Cat eye mapping, and it emphasized the eye facing downwards. Additionally, we used lengths 8-15mm C curl, which was too long, way too h, which looked really "droopy "and made the client's eye look very sad. ( puppy dog eyes ). The mistakes made here were: wrong mapping, wrong length, and possibly wrong curl.

    The right eye is what the client's eye would have looked like with the correct mapping "the doll eye would have been ideal and much more complementary for this client. "Additionally, shorter lengths 7-12mm, would have decreased the dropping of the lashes. A lifting curl would have been great, such as an M curl or L curl.

    This type of mapping places most of the emphasis on the eye's middle and away from the outer corners, elevating the look.

     

    Eyelash mapping guide

     

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    WISPY LASH MAPPING STYLES

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    Wispy lash map

    Here is another lash mapping of the Wispy lashes. You can do this with purple lashes for the-wisps.
    Wispy lash mapping styles

     

    Here is another map of a very natural lash mapping we created. You can recreate the same lash set for your clients, experiment with colors and curls, let your creativity flow.

    Wispy lash mapping styles

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    We used Wispy lashes with purple wisps to create this lash look.

    Wispy eyelash extensions

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    Here is another style of wispy lashes we have done. It is a more natural style, we start the inner corners with 5-6mm, and the most extended lengths used here are 10mm.

    Wispy Lash Mapping Styles

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    Here is another mapping of the wispy lashes. The base of the lashes is written in white. The wisps are in black. For this set, we used D curls.

     

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    Wispy lash extensions map

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    LASH MAPPING: L curl eyelash extensions

    The L curl has a flat base. I would recommend using this lash curl for clients who have straight lashes pointing downward. This curl will give your clients a dramatic/ exotic look, and most clients like it because it is unconventional.

    This lash curl looks best to those clients who have downturned lashes. L curl is a great one to help the lashes lift those lashes and on clients with hooded eyes.

    L curl eyelash extensions

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    L curl eyelash extensions

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    L Curl Lashes Lash Mapping

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    LASH MAPPING: M curl eyelash extensions

    The M curl is another curl from the exotic family of foxy trending curls.

    It's important to remember that this curl pairs beautifully with the C and CC curls.

    The CC curl lashes have been used for the inner corners in the picture below. It is done to achieve a softer look for the inner corners.

    M curl eyelash extensions

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    WISPY MASCARA LOOK WITH L CURL LASHES

    Wispy Lashes Mascara Look With L Curl Lashes

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    LASH MAPPING WITH CURLS

    It is an excellent example of how to experiment with curls.

    Lash Map
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    • The C curl is softer, which can be used in the inner corner.
    • The CC curl can be used in the eye's middle as it is slightly more curly.
    • The D curl is used on the outer corner as it is a more intense curl and will provide a lifting effect and add more drama.
    • You can also use an L or M curl on the outer corners for a lifting effect.

       

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      LASH MAPPING: COLOR LASH EXTENSIONS

      Lash Mapping For Color Lash Extensions

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      WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LASH CURLS?

      For the right curl, we provide various lash curls and lengths. We want to educate each of you on the lash curls you can offer to your clients. 

      Lash curls

       

      B LASH CURL

      This lash curl will give you the added lift while still staying fairly natural. Almost the same specification as the J curl. This has just a bit curlier. The result will still be a natural look.

      B curl is suitable for clients who want to look for something extra but still want to look natural. 

       

      C LASH CURL

      This lash curl is perhaps the most popular. It generally suits most clients because it provides the lift of a lash curler to open up the eyes. This is recommended on the slight curlier natural lash, and as a result, it will have a much stronger bond and lasting retention.

      The reason why most clients prefer this is as it is much curlier and it has popping effects. As for me, C curl is my go-to lashes. That is just so perfect to work with. 

      C curl is for your clients who are eyeing a dramatic look—added so much attitude to the look. It opens up the eyes. Well, C curl works best!

       

      C+ LASH CURL

      C+ is much more curled than C, and it can also be called natural curl. It is suitable for absolutely everyone.

       

      CC LASH CURL

      CC curl is our hybrid curl. It is an excellent mix between the C and D curls. 

       

      D LASH CURL

      D curl is used to create full dramatic looks with lashes. This curl is perfect for clients looking for more lifting and great to use with the doll eye mapping.

      This lash curl adds more lift than the C curl for added definition and sweep. This curl is not recommended for straight lashes and hooded eyes as it is a bit curly and might hurt your eyelids. The curliest and considered to be giving you that dramatic look. This curl would look better on the younger clients than the mature ones. 

       

      L LASH CURL

      The L curl has a straight bottom that transitions to and sits flat on the client's natural lash, ideal for moonlit eyes and clients with very sharp natural lashes.

      This lash curl is best for clients with straight lashes that tip downward. This curl gives you a dramatic effect that most clients adore.

      This lash curl is best for clients who have downturned eyelashes. L curl is also great for lifting those lashes and those with hooded eyes.

       

      L+ LASH CURL

      This curl resembles the L curl with its sharp base but slightly curvier bend than the L curl.

       

      M LASH CURL

      This curl is so new and exotic that clients are asking for it more and more. It emphasizes the client's eyes the perfect way if used correctly. 

      They are specially designed for an "OPEN EYE" look, with naturally straight and down. Clients with straight or downward-pointing natural lashes are ideal candidates for the M curl series. 

       

      J LASH CURL

      This curl is the most natural-looking, it's flat at the base, and the least curled of all the lash curls. The lash curl will lengthen your natural lashes but won't curl them significantly. This lash is perfect for individuals who want a more natural appearance. Because it looks too natural, it isn't used very often.

      It is recommended to be used on straight lashes to ensure longer retention. So, if your clients opt to have an eyelash extension that looks so natural, the J curl is for your girl. 

       

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      CONCLUSION

      Specific eye shapes and features will appear very differently on each client. There is no one-size-fits-all situation. Being a lash artist truly is an art. Lash mapping is an excellent way to build a lash extension set customized to your client's features.

      Lash mapping also saves you time by allowing you to build the perfect variety of lash extensions in less time and go back to your lash mapping at any time.

      No matter how long you've been lashing, the skills of correct lash mapping are essential to providing perfect lash extensions to your clients.

       

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