How to Apply Permanent Lash Extensions

Updated April 17, 2017

Permanent eyelash extensions are designed to help fill in sparse lashes that pose cosmetic concern. Mascaras and other make-up may not cut it when attempting to plump up natural lashes, leaving permanent lashes an ideal option. Permanent lash extensions are meant for professional application only. Always make sure that you provide a clean work area before applying lashes, to reduce bacterial contact with your customer's eyes.

Cleanse the entire face, including eyelids, with an oil free cleanser. This will remove skin oils that prevent lash adhesive from adhering to the customer's natural lashes. Make sure that contact lenses are removed before cleansing your customer's face to prevent irritation.

Apply adhesive tape to the lashes that are not part of the natural lash line. These are known as down lashes and require taping to prevent glue from becoming stuck to the skin.

Apply a small drop of glue to a sterile, clear surface for easy access.

Carefully separate the customer's natural lashes from one another with a pair of curved tweezers using your left hand. This will allow for easier application without running the risk of clumping extensions together.

Dip individual lashes into your glue with straight tweezers. Cover one third to one half of the lash with glue from the glass surface.

Apply individual lashes to the natural lashes, double checking that natural lashes are separated. Leave up to one millimetre between lash extension and natural lash root to avoid skin contact.

Allow glue to dry as you work, alternating from one eye to the next along the natural lash line.

Apply the last lash and then allow to set for 10 minutes before removing your adhesive tape. This allows for thorough drying of lash glue and prevents you from accidentally removing applied extensions.


Make sure to instruct your customer on proper aftercare of lash extensions.

Things You'll Need

  • Oil free cleanser
  • Synthetic lashes
  • Adhesive tape
  • Eyelash comb
  • Eyelash glue
  • Curved tweezers
  • Straight tweezers
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Sharin Griffin has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in health-related articles. She has worked in the health-care industry as a certified nursing assistant and medical technician. Griffin's medical expertise encompasses bariatrics and geriatric care, with an emphasis on general medicine. She is completing an associate degree in health-care administration from Axia University.