As a lash tech, you’ve probably encountered clients with a specific lash look in mind that doesn’t exactly suit their eye shape or facial features.
This can be a tricky situation for both beginners and experienced techs as you don’t want to risk losing a client or having them walk out of your salon not really loving the result.
So, the best thing to do is to present them with the most flattering options for their specific eye shape. In this blog, we take a look at how you can find the best style of eyelash extension for big eyes. Let’s get started!
What Do We Mean by Big Eyes?
There’s no standard against which you can measure an eye and say with confidence that’s definitively a big eye.
You have to eyeball it (pun intended) and determine whether the size of your client’s eyes is proportionate to their other facial features. Take celebs like Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis, and Zooey Deschanel as examples of the extraordinary beauty of big eyes.
So, if your client’s eyes seem large, but so do their lips and nose – they would be considered average. But if they have thin lips, a slender nose, and eyes that stand out – then they’re considered big.
All in all, the only important factor is how much your client’s eye size stands out from the rest of the face.
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Best Styles of Lash Extensions for Big Eyes
Let’s take a look at which style of lash extensions best suits eyelash extension for big eyes, but bear in mind that eye shape is just as important as eye size!
If you want some extra guidance, you can find a short overview of different eye shapes towards the end of this article.
Classics or natural lash extensions can look great on any eye shape or size. Usually, just half a set is used and the goal is to achieve the your-lashes-but-better look. So, if your client is looking for just a subtle improvement, natural lashes should be your go-to suggestion.
Cat eye lashes are the longest near the outer corners of the eyes, giving the same effect as winged eyeliner. This look is great for anyone wanting to look more sultry, but especially for those with big, round eyes as it has an elongating effect.
Squirrel lashes are one of the most flattering styles and are very similar to cat eye lashes, but the longest lengths aren’t placed at the very end, but a little closer to the iris. You can apply the same rule here too since it can make big eyes seem smaller.
Which Styles to Avoid When Choosing Eyelash Extensions for Big Eyes
The determining factor in choosing a lash set that best fits your client isn’t just the size of their eyes, but also their eye shape, eye color, and even the state of their natural eyelashes.
If their eyes are significantly larger when compared to the rest of their facial features, you may advise them to not pick a set that will open them up even more, like doll eye lashes or anime lashes. Or, if the eyes are large but narrow, advise them to choose something that will even them out.
Either way, talk to your clients, be mindful of their wishes, and help them make the best decision considering both the eye size and the eye shape.
Determining Eye Shape to Find the Best Eyelashes for Big Eyes
To recommend the best lash extension style for your client, you need to know not only their eye size but also their eye shape. Let’s take a look at the different shapes of big eyes:
This type is the most common and is very easy to work with. You’ll recognize a pair of almond eyes because they’re oval and have narrow corners. Typically, the iris touches both the upper and lower eyelid, and the eye crease is clearly visible.
Round eyes are, as the name suggests, significantly more round than almond eyes. The corners aren’t as narrow, and the iris might not be touching the lower lid, leaving a visible white space.
The crease is also visible, although somewhat less than with almond eyes.
Upturned eyes are placed at a slight angle, in which the outer corner is higher than the inner one.
This is also pretty common, but can sometimes be harder to spot. If you’re unsure, use a pencil or other straight object to check whether the corners align or if one of them is higher.
Downturned eyes are similar to upturned eyes, just in reverse – the inner corner is the higher one. You can use the same method we mentioned above to determine whether this is your client’s eye shape.
Having hooded eyes means that the eyebrow and surrounding soft tissue are sagging and covering the upper eyelid. This type is probably the hardest to work with, so here’s our guide on the best lash extension styles for hooded eyes.
The most distinct feature of monolid eyes is that there is no crease – the lid isn’t broken up by it, hence the name. This feature will be the most common among your Asian clients, although people of all races can have it too.
To summarize the discussion on which lash extension styles are best for big eyes, we’d like to reiterate that there’s no correct answer.
There’s a lot more that goes into making that decision, and you should base it primarily on the client’s eye shape. Practice makes perfect, so make sure you work with different sets to be able to customize a look for each individual client.
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