5 Things To Know Before Becoming A Lash Artist

October 23, 2021

Lashes are everywhere! And as trendy as it is, we don’t see it going away anytime soon. The world of eyelash extensions is growing by the second, and now is the perfect time for you to join! If you’ve ever considered becoming a lash artist, here are a few things you should know beforehand:

You’ll Need A License

Applying eyelashes is a skill that requires proper training and practice. Most states require a state issued license to perform the service. In Texas, we have a one of a kind specialty cosmetology license specific to lash extensions technicians. This license is a 320 hour commitment that requires both a written + practical hands-on exam. However EVERY state varies in the law, and we recommend checking your state for the requirements! 

Do your research on your state's requirements prior to enrolling in any course or school.

Certifications are not regulated.

Remember that certifications are NOT state or organizationally accredited, they are tokens of continuing education.  Earning a certification does not mean you can legally perform lash services without a license.  

Taking a class + earning a certification is a great way to enhance your skills and invest in your education to provide your clients with outstanding service.

You Will Be Working With Sensitive Areas

As a lash artist, you will be working on a client’s eyes, which is a sensitive area of the body. To avoid causing discomfort or injury to your client, you will need to have a steady and soft hand in order to be comfortable working in close proximity to the eyes. It’s also important to have a good understanding of proper sanitation and infection control practices to protect both yourself and your clients.

Performing Lash Extensions Can Take A Physical Toll 

Applying eyelash extensions requires you to be seated or crouched for long periods of time, which can be physically demanding. As lash artists, we often experience eye strain, neck/back issues, and overall burnout from the physical nature of the craft.  Learning to manage your boundaries, investing in proper equipment, and knowing your limits is key to being successful long-term.

Staying active, stretching, and investing in self care is a must.

You Can Earn 6 Figures

While working part time?! It’s true! If you price your services right and nurture loyalty with clients, you can absolutely earn 6 figures a year. But let’s be clear… it takes time and work. Building up your confidence as an artist doesn’t happen overnight but every time you have a satisfied client, you’re one step closer to earning 6 figures.

Nurture new clients who are a good fit for your business and encourage them to refer people they know.  This will help build your dream clientele of clients who respect + support your business, all while making your dream salary.

Lash Extensions Take Time To Master  

It’s so common when you start as a new artist to struggle with things like retention, client management, and getting your speed up.  Remember to take it one step at a time! The more you apply lashes, the more comfortable you will become with the process. 

Be patient with yourself, and remember that mastering lash extensions takes time and practice. You may make mistakes or encounter challenges along the way, but with practice and experience, you will become more confident and skilled in your work.

A tip for success: don’t use your paying clients to practice. Schedule time to do models to build your portfolio, practice new skills, or try new products. 

Are You Ready To Get Started?

Joining a new industry while taking a new career path can be a challenge, but don’t let it discourage you from pushing through the obstacles to build a thriving and successful career! At DFW Lash University, we value curating an outstanding student learning experience from start to finish. Contact us for more info and with any questions or concerns you may have! We’re excited to help you pursue your dream career of becoming a lash artist!

Stay tuned for more tips from DLU for a successful career in the lash industry.