What is the correct way to dip your eyelash into the adhesive?
Since a lot of lash artists have questions regarding their client’s retention, I figured I would make a post regarding one of the factors that can affect your client’s retention the most. How you use your lash adhesive.
Freshness of glue
One of the key things to consider is to make sure that your glue is FRESH, after about 20-30 minutes ( depending on your humidity and temperature ) it’s best to neutralize the adhesive drop and make a new drop.
The reason for this being, after about 20 minutes the glue starts drying out, and will not bond as efficiently to your client’s lash. This can have a negative impact on your client’s retention.
Size of the glue drop
Another aspect to consider is the size of your adhesive drop. Make sure your glue drop is large enough. There will be enough working surface area for this glue to be effective.
Remember as soon as you drop your glue drop, it starts to polymerize. This means that the outer diameter of your adhesive is already useless.
You need to get what is in the middle of the drop as it is the freshest adhesive, and this is what you want to be working with.
Neutralize the fumes
Furthermore, you need to make sure you neutralize all the other adhesive drops with water after 30 minutes, that are in close proximity to your fresh glue drop.
Otherwise, your fresh glue will polymerize faster than necessary due to the fumes of the old glue drops nearby.
Mistakes to avoid
Do not try to work with a glue drop that has started to dry out, if the glue consistency has a stringy texture, it means it is no longer good, neutralize it and make a brand new glue drop.
Do not dip your lash fan on the top or bottom of the adhesive drop. This is the glue that has already started to dry and is suboptimal to work with. You need to dip your lash fan in the middle of the glue drop in order to get the glue that is the freshest consistency to work with.
Don’t forget to shake your adhesive prior to putting out a new glue drop. It’s ideal to shake your adhesive for a minimum of 1 min. There are great adhesive shaker wands you can purchase to save yourself time.