Taming of the Shrew ... eye pads
Many eyelash specialists have a hard time using eye pads. At times, they don’t stick well, don’t stay in place, or even slip off and get into the eye. A lash artist often replaces pads with tape just to get rid of the excess gel. However, it actually helps just a bit while other problems add up to make it worse. Today we will talk about those tricky eye pads and how to prevent issues with them before they mess up your work.
Problem 1. Your eye pad gets into the eye, and the gel inside it swells. Why it is bad: it causes a corneal burn — the biggest mistake working with eye pads. How it happens: either your eye pad is initially applied too close to the eye waterline, or even correctly applied eye pads would constantly get into the eye because of the client’s eyelid shape. How to avoid it: Place an eye pad so that you can clearly see the base of the lower lashes when lifting up your customer’s closed upper eyelid. Make sure you constantly check the eye pad position during the whole appointment. The moment it starts getting into the eye even a little — pull it back. If the pad starts to puff up, remove it, get rid of excess gel and carefully reapply it back.
Problem 2. Your eye pad slides down, and the lower eyelashes stick out. Why it is bad: the lower eyelashes stick together with the upper ones. How it happens: incorrectly applied patch creates air pockets between skin and the pad, which leads to a bad grip. Patches may also slip down if you constantly press them with isolation tweezers. How to avoid it:
• Take your time when applying patches. It will be more convenient if you place an eye pad slightly displaced to the temple and stretch it a bit to the eye corners to remove the air pockets.
• Pay attention to your isolation tweezers. In most cases, their tips should not touch the eye pad.
• Check the eye pads regularly. It’s always better to detect 2 or 3 lower lashes stick out or even glued together at an early stage, than to find 20 lower lashes already firmly glued to the upper ones.
Problem 3. Your eye pad fails to stick in place... Why it is bad: You cannot work like this!!! How it happens:
• very elastic lower eyelashes so to say “push” the eye pad up;
• a client has bulging lower eyelids;
• oily skin or make up traces can also be the reason why the patches do not stick. How to avoid it: choose the appropriate type of eye pads for each type of eyelids — thin or a bit thicker. Combine eye pads with tape, but do it wisely! Incorrect tape use may lead to discomfort, pain, and even expose eyes to fumes which can cause chemical burn.