Welcome to the world of eyelash extensions, where the possibilities are endless! If you're someone who loves to enhance their natural beauty, then you're in the right place. This guide will take you on a journey through the art of lash mapping, exploring the six common eye shapes, and showing you how to choose the perfect lash curl for your clients.


As a lash artist, you know that no two clients are the same. Each person has a unique eye shape, and this is where the magic happens. With the right technique, lash extensions can create the illusion of bigger, brighter, and bolder eyes. Whether your client wants a natural, subtle look, or a dramatic and bold statement, eyelash extensions can achieve it all.


In this guide, we'll break down the different eye shapes, and explain how you can use them to create a customized look for each client. We'll explore lash mapping techniques that help you determine the perfect lash style, and we'll guide you through choosing the ideal lash curl to complement each eye shape.


So, get ready to take your lash career to the next level. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, this guide is here to help you master the art of eyelash extensions. Let's dive in!


Eyelash Extensions: Lash Curls


As the lash industry continues to grow, there are more lash curl options available than ever before. Whether you're an experienced lash artist or new to the field, it can be confusing to navigate all the different types of lash curls.


In this guide, we'll be discussing the various types of curls available in the lash world and which curls are best suited for each client. Ultimately, the curl you choose will depend on a variety of factors, such as the client's eye shape, lid type, and preferred style. It's helpful to ask your clients to provide inspirational photos so you can get a clear idea of the look they're hoping to achieve.


Here's a list of the different types of lash curls and their respective benefits:


  • B Curl: This soft curl is great for making naturally straight lashes look more accented. It can also be used for the inner eye area to create a subtle effect.
  • C Curl: The C curl is one of the most popular lash curls due to its versatility. It helps to give an extra lift, making it perfect for most clients as it suits most eye shapes. For clients with downward or heavy downward lashes, a C curl can help give a more lifted look.
  • CC Curl: This popular curl is great for achieving a more dramatic appearance. It can be used on clients with both straight and curly lashes. While a C curl is closest to natural lashes, a CC curl is a good way to slightly enhance naturally curly lashes. It's also the best way to add volume to natural lashes that are curled on their own.
  • D Curl: The D curl is super curly and is great for creating a more rounded curl and extreme effect. It's perfect for doll eyes, especially if your client has straight lashes. A D curl also helps widen most eyes and enhances the shape of your client's eyes. This type of curl is especially good for clients with small eyes who want to widen and brighten them.
  • DD Curl: This newer curl is curlier than your average lash extension and is perfect for clients with downward-facing eyelashes. The D curl can help transform downward and straight lashes into the widened doll-eye look. This type of curl is typically used for creating volume and mega-volume looks for clients who prefer dramatic lashes.
  • M Curl: The M curl is very similar to an LL curl and is great for downward-pointing lashes, straight lashes, hooded lids, and deep-set eyes. It's a perfect curl style for widening straight eyelashes and has an upward-facing curl for a dramatic effect.
  • LL Curl: The LL curl is perfect for clients with downward-facing lashes or straight lashes. It's designed to lift up naturally straight lashes and has a slightly curly tip. The LL curl can be used for both classic and volume sets and can help widen the look of the eyes, making it a great choice for clients with deep-set or hooded eyes.


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We've included a diagram below to help illustrate the differences between each type of curl.



Remember to consider your client's unique features and preferences when choosing a lash curl. By doing so, you can help them achieve the perfect look they desire.


Pre-Made Fans: 


Pre-made loose fans are a popular and convenient option for lash artists who want to save time and still achieve a full, voluminous look. These fans come pre-made in a variety of sizes and can be easily picked up and applied to natural lashes, allowing you to work more efficiently and reduce application time. Megan Thomas Lashes offers a range of pre-made loose fans in D curls, ranging from 3D to 12D, to help you achieve the perfect level of volume and curl for your clients. Our pre-made fans are made with high-quality materials and are designed to create a natural-looking yet dramatic effect, giving your clients the luscious lashes they desire. With Megan Thomas Lashes' pre-made fans, you can save time and increase your productivity while still achieving beautiful, high-quality results.


Eye Styles and Eye Shapes


Now we know about eyelash curls, let's put this knowledge into practice for our clients. Let's talk about eye styles, shapes and lash mapping. 


As a lash artist, you'll encounter a wide range of clients, each with unique eye shapes. Some may even have a combination of different eye shapes. Before you start lashing, it's important to evaluate the client's eye structure and position to determine their eye shape, which will help you recommend the best lash style for them.


The most effective way to determine your client's eye shape is to ask for a photo ahead of their appointment. When assessing the eye structure, you need to check if the lid has a crease and whether it's visible.



There are six common eye shapes: monoids, round eyes, almond eyes, downturned eyes, upturned eyes, and hooded eyes.



Clients with no crease on their lids have monolids.

Recommended Styling: Cat, Doll, or Squirrel. Curls: If the lashes are straight and down-pointing, use a flatter base curl like M or L. Otherwise, a CC or D curl will also work with a Cat, Doll, or Squirrel styling.

If your client has a crease, their eye shape will be one of the following:



Clients with a visible crease on their eyelid and a touch of white separating the iris from the top and bottom eyelid have a round eye shape.

Recommended Styling: Cat and Squirrel. Curls: Use shorter lengths in a softer curl and elongate towards the outer corners to create a slimming effect.



Clients with a visible crease on their eyelid, with the iris touching both the top and bottom of the eyelid, have an almond eye shape.

Recommended Styling: Almond eyes suit a variety of lash styles. Curls: C Curl helps give an extra lift and curl look. CC Curl is a very popular curl for a more dramatic appearance but can be worn day-to-day.



Clients with outer corners of the eyes that turn downwards have downturned eyes. To confirm, imagine drawing a straight line across the client's eye. If the outer corners turn down beneath the line, then they have downturned eyes.


Recommended Styling: Squirrel is best for this eye shape. Use an open or lifting style that will help take focus away from the downturned outer corners. Curls: Use a strong curl if the lashes are really straight. Concentrate the length in the area you want to lift or heighten.



Clients with outer corners of the eyes that flick upwards have upturned eyes. To confirm, check if the outer corners turn upwards above the line.

Recommended Styling: Use a Cat Eye style or Squirrel style, depending on the desired look. Curls: Use a soft curl, adding length towards the outer corners and shorter inners.



Clients with a crease that's not visible because it's hidden under a flap of skin have hooded eyes. This eye shape is common as we age and the skin loses elasticity.


Recommended Styling: Squirrel. Curls: Use strong curls with length to lift and raise the lashes from underneath the lid. An L curl is ideal for clients with hooded lids or downward-pointing lashes to create a glamorous lash lift look. Top tip: tape back the lid to get as close to the lash line as possible.


Eyelash Extensions: Lash Mapping


Lash mapping is an important technique used by professional lash artists to determine the best way to apply lash extensions based on a client's individual eye shape and natural lashes. By analyzing the client's eye shape, natural lash pattern, and other factors such as brow shape and bone structure, lash artists can create a personalized map for the lash extensions that will enhance the client's natural beauty and create a stunning, customized look.


During the lash mapping process, the lash artist will examine the client's eyes to determine the ideal length, curl, and thickness of lash extensions to use. They will also determine the placement of each lash extension to ensure that the extensions are applied in a way that complements the client's natural lashes and eye shape. This is important because every client is unique, and their lashes require a personalized approach to ensure that the final result is both stunning and comfortable.


The lash mapping process typically involves creating a detailed diagram or map that outlines where each lash extension will be applied. This helps the lash artist stay organized and ensures that the final result is symmetrical and balanced. Lash mapping is a crucial step in the eyelash extension process, as it sets the foundation for the rest of the application and ensures that the client leaves with a set of lashes that are both beautiful and comfortable to wear.


Overall, lash mapping is an essential technique for any professional lash artist who wants to provide the best possible service to their clients. By taking the time to analyze the client's natural lashes and eye shape and creating a personalized map for the lash extensions, the lash artist can create a customized look that enhances the client's natural beauty and leaves them feeling confident and beautiful.

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