All of the following modules will explain detailed procedures for live human models/clients. The information provided is to show how to perform eyelash extension application on an actual client, not on a mannequin. However, before practicing on your models, we highly suggest first performing all procedures on your mannequin head or other hard surface for practice. This is to improve your speed, dexterity, process, and safety to ensure the best possible outcome with live clients.
Prepping Your Mannequin
It is not necessary to use a mannequin head to practice, however it does include the added benefit of learning to lash approximately the same way you would on a live client (i.e. the concavity of the eye socket, avoiding hitting the nose when moving from one eye to the next, bracing your hands on the forehead correctly, etc.).
You can alternatively set up your practice lashes on any hard, heavy or unmoveable surface. It will be easier to see what you are doing if that surface is light in color, and slightly rounded or convex.
The practice lashes themselves are lined with pre-applied adhesive so they can stick to any non-porous surface. This adhesive is pigmented black and can leave residue on certain materials. For that reason we have included directions on how to prep your mannequin to keep it clean and blemish free.
In the following video, you will see the placement of transpore tape to protect the mannequin from discoloration. The strip lashes will self-adhere to the transpore tape. Because of the shape of the mannequin eye orb, the strip lashes will sometimes face downward, resting on the undereye area. To remedy this, transpore tape is used on top of the base of the strip to lift the lashes upright, and an eye pad is placed below to protect the under eye area and to mimic real world application.