Best Lash Extension Styles For Different Eye Shapes

Forget everything you've ever believed about lash extension styles. In the beauty world, we're constantly told that "one size fits all" applies to pretty much anything and everything — including our lashes. But just as we all have different face shapes, hair textures, and skin tones, we also have different eye shapes. And believe it or not, the best lash extensions for round eyes will be different from the best lash extensions for hooded eyes.


Instagram is flooded with photos of long, luscious lashes — but for most of us, not every lash extension style will work with the eye shape. If you want the lash extensions to frame your client's eyes in the most flattering way possible, you need a customized set to suit your peepers. If you're unsure which lash or style will make the eyes pop in the best way possible, check out this handy guide below.

Best Lash Extension Styles For Different Eye Shapes

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There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the best lash extension styles for every client.

The most important thing to consider is your clients' eye shape. For example, if you're using a thick volume fan on someone with hooded eyes, there's a good chance they'll end up looking like they have no eyelids.

Another consideration is the lash line. The length and thickness of your client's natural lashes determine how much space you have to work with when applying extensions. Lashes will fall out faster if the lash line isn't dense enough.


Remember: Lash extensions can be customized to suit every lash client's eye shape.

Lash extension styles

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Not every lash client's eye shape is ideal for every extension style. To get the best results, it's essential to choose the right lash look to fit the natural eye shape. Which lash extension styles work for which eye shapes? Read on to find out!

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ALMOND EYE SHAPE

Lucky you — all lash styles will look good on this eye shape! Opt for wispy lashes if your client wants a flattering way to make the eyes look more prominent. They'll add dimension and volume from root to tip. Alternatively, cat-eye lashes that go just past the outer corner of the eye can be utilized. If you want a more dramatic look, try a mix of lengths that includes 8mm lashes at the inner corners and 14mm lashes at the outer corners.

If you have a client that has almond-shaped eyes, you're fortunate! The natural shape allows for almost any eyelash extension, from soft and natural to bold and dramatic. Here's what to choose:

 

Natural Look: Apply lashes longer in the outer corners for a subtle enhancement.

Dramatic Look: Apply long lashes across the entire eye for a sultry finish.

Almond shaped eyes

 

The almond eye shape is the easiest to work with and can pull off any lash style. 

Try a J curl lash extension in a medium length for the most natural look. J curl lashes lift the eyes for a wide-eyed look. 

Try D curl eyelash extensions in an extra-long length for a more dramatic look. D curl lashes are thicker, longer, and look like the lashes you were born with.

If you want to take a look from day to night, you can add B curl eyelash extensions to the outer corners of the eyes. It will give your client that eye-opening cat-eye effect that looks amazing on almond eyes!

Lash Extension Styles Almond Eye Shape

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DOWNTURNED EYE SHAPE

Choose eyelash extensions with a more dramatic upward curl like C or D curls to create lift at the outer corners. Also, look for lengths that get longer as they move outward from your inner corners (e.g., 8mm at the inner corner, 13mm in the middle)

Generally, downturned eyes are more hooded than other eye shapes. The hood of skin at the eyelid can make it look like the eyes droop downward at the outer corners. If you have a client with this kind of eye shape, here's what you should choose:

 

Natural Look: Keep lash extensions shorter in the outer corners and longer toward the middle of the lids. It will help open up the eyes, making them look lifted and more awake.

Dramatic Look: If your client wants a very dramatic look, use longer lengths in the middle of the lash line, but make sure you keep them short on both corners. It will elevate and create an open-eyed effect.

 

Downturned eyes

 

A drooping outer corner characterizes the downturned eye shape. The perfect lash extensions for this eye shape are C and CC curl.

We recommend that you use longer lashes at the outer corners of the eyes to lift them and brighten your eyes. For those with downturned eyes, the inner corner should be shorter, and the length increase towards the tail end of the eyes.

The best way to get this look is by using multilayer lashes with a different length in every row (for example, 8mm-9mm-10mm).

Lash Extension Styles Downturned Eye Shape

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UPTURNED EYE SHAPE

When you have a client with upturned eyes, the outer corners of the eye tilt upward at a 45-degree angle or higher. As a result, you might notice more of the lower lash line above the iris than below it when looking straight ahead. Upturned eyes are similar to cat-eye makeup looks — except they're natural! For this reason, many people with upturned eyes want to enhance their natural cat-eye look with extensions that are longer and thicker toward the outer corner of the eye.

Upturned eyes

 

If the client has upturned eyes, they have a pretty prominent brow bone and high cheekbones. To get the most out of these natural features and make the eyes pop, try lash extensions with more length and volume on the outer corner of the eye. This style will open up the eyes and complement their natural shape.

Client requests for this eye shape tend to be for volume lashes because of the naturally happening lift in the extensions.

A great tip for this lash style is to use a thicker base on the outer corners to create additional lift that will enhance the cat-eye effect.

Lash Extension Styles Upturned Eye Shape

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Volume lashes tend to work well with this eye shape because you can get away with a lot of thickness without making the eyes look too heavy or weighed down. Just be sure the client wants a fuller lash look, and know that the number of lash extensions you apply will depend on how full the client wants to go. Try using more D-curls than C-curls if you're working with classic lashes.

 

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HOODED EYE SHAPE

People with hooded eyes tend to have hoods or folds over their eyelid creases. To avoid losing any length in the lashes, try lash extensions that are longer on the outer corners of the eye, which will give them a subtle lift.

For clients with hooded eyes, make sure you have plenty of short lengths. This eye shape has a bit of an extra fold of skin at the crease of the eye, so it can be hard to see longer lash extensions. Lengthening and opening up the eyes is ideal for this eye shape, but you don't want to apply too many long lashes, or they can weigh down the eyelids and cause them to close! A great style for this eye shape is alternating lengths — using a few long lashes on each fan — so that there's still some length but doesn't look overbearing.

 

Hooded eyes

The key to great lash extensions for hooded eyes is to create dimension. You want to make sure you have enough length in the center of the eye and lift at the outer corners.

If you are making "big" fans, you want to ensure that your fan is shaped like a V or U.

If you are making traditional volume lashes, you must keep in mind that you should use more of a C-curl lash than a B-curl lash. The C-curl will help bring more lift and give the illusion of a lifted lid.

This eye shape usually can tolerate 15mm–16mm length with ease and will not look overdone.

 

Remember, it's all about creating more space on the top lid. If your client wants a more dramatic eye, apply closer together (more volume). If they want a more natural enhancement, then space them out accordingly!

Lash Extension Styles Hooded Eyes

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MONOLID EYE SHAPE

A monolid eye shape is slightly different from a hooded eye as there isn't any visible skin on the eyelid. The eyelid is surrounded by a crease that is not visible from the outside. However, since there isn't any definition on the lid, lashes can be challenging to apply to get that perfect look. When using lash extensions for a monolid eye shape, your best bet would be to use eyelash extensions with curl, thickness, and length to create a defined look.

You should avoid using straight or flat lashes as they will not have enough curves for this eye shape.

Monolids eyes

 

Just because your client doesn't have a crease doesn't mean she can't have gorgeous lashes! Lash artists working on monolids can achieve a similar look to double eyelids by adding length and volume to the outer corners of the eyes. Opening the eyes at the outer corners creates an illusion that gives the eyes depth and makes them pop.

For clients with monolids, I love using a mix of 8mm and 12mm lashes. The shorter lashes are added to the inner corners of the eyes to create depth and definition. While the longer lashes are added towards the outer corners of the eyes for a winged effect.

Many people with this eye shape think they can't wear eyelash extensions, but they can! You have to be careful about the thickness and length you choose. Because there is no crease, you don't want to go too long because your lashes will bend back and not look as pretty. I recommend a C curl or B curl with 8mm-12mm length.

You can also do volume lash extensions on this eye, but you need to make sure that the lash fans aren't too big (2-3D is fine). Again, make sure that your lashes aren't too long because they will bend back and look funny on this type of eye.

Lash Extension Styles Monolid Eye Shape

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CONCLUSION 

Getting eyelash extensions is a beauty game-changer. It's like getting a full face of makeup in one step that takes less than two hours to apply. Once you're hooked, you'll never want to go back to mascara.

But even though everyone wants longer, fuller eyelashes, not every lash client's eye shape is ideal for every extension style. For instance, the "Cat Eye" style may look beautiful on some clients but can overwhelm others. To get the best results, it's essential to choose the right lash look to fit the natural eye shape.

 

 

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