I’m here again to tell you about my FALL beauty favs! If it feels like I was just talking about my summer favorites, it’s because I was—summer turns to fall around here almost overnight. Or maybe we’re just all so excited for pumpkin spice and flannels that as soon as the temperature drops below eighty degrees we’re calling it fall and decorating for Halloween. EITHER WAY fall is coming and I am sharing my go-to beauty favorites this season.
1. FACIAL SPRAYS. I have two favorites for this time of year. Mario Badescu Facial Spray is my go-to for a fresh face with or without makeup. This rosewater spray wakes up my face and the clean ingredients leave my skin feeling guilt free. Milani Make it Dewy Setting Spray gives my face the glowy dewy look that is usually lacking during these dark and chilly months. Lash tip: I wear an eye mask or place two cotton rounds over my eyes before spraying to protect my clean eyelash extensions!
2. DEEP CONDITIONER. I recently discovered Amika’s Soulfood Nourishing Mask and I can’t quit it. This mask is perfect for the post summer months where our hair might be feeling dry and damaged, plus all the extra shine doesn’t hurt.
3. LIP BALM. I know I had a favorite chapstick in my last summer post but I can’t help it-- I’m a lip balm junkie, and Smith’s Rosebud Salve is another favorite. I keep this stuff in my nightstand at all times and something about the smell makes me feel extra cozy.
4.HAIR ACCESSORIES. scrunchies, bandanas, and bows are all the rage right now and such an easy way to spice up any hair style. Accessorizing is one of my favorite ways to transition into fall styles; I add a bandana to all of my pony tails. I found the cutest accessories here, here, and here.
5.CURLING IRON. The Babylisspro Titanium Iron is what curling iron dreams are made of. This is the most popular iron used in the salon and it is so easy to use at home too. Lately, I have been feeling inspired by all the new fall trends and I can’t wait to create new looks with this curling iron.
Introduce your self. Tell us about your self and a little about your business. We will get more in detail in the individual questions.
Hey! 👋 I'm Courtney! I'm from Pleasant Grove, Utah and have my Master Esthetics license. I've been married to the love of my life for 6 years and have two beautiful kids - Cruz (4) and Alivia (2) and another little girl coming very soon!
What sparked your interest in lashing and how long have you been in the lash industry?
I've been in the lash industry for almost 4 years coming up this fall! Honestly, I learned lashes while I was in esthetics school and was totally frustrated with how long they took and how I couldn't get them perfect (hello perfectionist!). As time went on I got more patient and opportunities opened up that made me realize this was what I was supposed to be doing. I've learned to love the detailed work and creative outlet it has given me as well as the flexibility to still be a mom!
What has been some of the best advice you have received since starting your business?
To never give up and to keep practicing and keep trying even if I felt discouraged.
What does your daily routine look like?
I'm a person that feels very comfortable with a scheduled routine or plan for the day but I've learned that as a mom that doesn't always happen. Most days seem like chaos trying to balance mom/wife duties and working. My little human alarm clocks usually wake me up in the early morning and our day starts right away with breakfast and trying to wrestle them to get ready. No matter if it's a day I work or not we are mostly gone from home. Either I'm working and the kiddos are playing at my aunts house or we are spending the day running errands, doing chores, trying to survive with the least amount of tantrums possible. 😅 I always try my best to get a healthy dinner on the table at the end of the day. I'm so lucky to have such an awesome partner that comes home from work and gives me time to myself to decompress and take some time for me whether it's the gym or even just being able to fold laundry in silence! After we put the kids down we usually spend the rest of the night trying to relax and spend time together either if it's watching our show or laying in bed talking and laughing.
What is something that you do, just for you?
I'm a huge advocate for self care. The things I do for myself that make me feel my best mentally and physically are exercise and eating well. Sounds cliche, I know! But there really is nothing that helps me release stress and boost my confidence more than going to the gym and lifting some weights. When I'm eating well and taking care of my body I feel energized and able to conquer anything!
What was one of your hardest life lessons, and how did you learn/grow from it?
I had a life experience last year that left me feeling broken, unloved and alone. Im a true believer that everything happens for a reason and all trials are meant to help us grow into the people we are meant to be. This particular experience gave me the chance to start from the bottom and learn to love myself and accept myself for who I am. To not worry about what people thought of me and to just try my best and let that be enough. I learned that I am worthy of love and it started with loving myself.
Do you have any tips for those in the industry looking to grow?
My best advice isn't for business growth but for personal growth in the industry which I feel like in turn can grow your business! Quality over quantity ALWAYS. It's better to perfect your art and let the timing follow than to hurry through a client and expect the quality to improve later. This goes for your clientele as well, don't sell yourself short. Know your worth and what you deserve. Set expectations for you clients from the beginning and don't let anyone bully you into something you don't want to do. The good clients will come and those who aren't willing to meet your standards or try to push your limits are not worth your time. There is always someone better who can replace them!
Not only do lashes come in different lengths and thickness they come in different curls. Different curls create different looks. There are curls for every look and every eye shape. Most clients’ natural lashes will not necessarily match the curl of the synthetic lash. The Curls include J, B, C, CC, D, L, and L+.
J CURL | The most natural lash. This lash has a very slight lift off from a straight line and resembles an average natural lash.
B CURL | This eyelash has a slightly greater curl than the J Curl. This lash would be used for a more natural look.
C CURL | This is a very popular choice for curl as it compares to eyelashes being curled with an eyelash curler. This is a great go-to lash for client’s that don’t know what they want or if your unsure on what to use for their eye shape. This curl flatters and lifts most eye shapes but can really make a hooded eyelid pop.
CC CURL | Growing in popularity, CC curls are a perfect medium between C and D curl. These lashes are so versatile on their own but they can also be easily mixed with C or D to create different styles.
D CURL | The curliest and most dramatic curl. From a sideview, D curl has the greatest curve compared to the other styles. This curl differs the most from a natural eyelash and it helps to open deep set eyes and monolid eye shapes. D Curl is another very popular choice among clients and artists.
L CURL | The L family is the newest curl. L curl lashes have a straight base and then curls straight up. They are very beneficial when you are working with single lidded eyes.
L+ CURL | This Curl is very similar to the L curl as it also has a very straight base but with a more defined angle as it curls straight up. This curl actually resembles the letter L.
I have gathered and linked a few of my go-to summer beauty products that I can’t live without! These are tried and true products that I have used all summer long and I hope you love them as much as I do!
1. Glow Drops! Makeup Revolution’s liquid highlighter has been my favorite makeup this summer. Summer time is all about minimal makeup and these glow drops are the perfect addition to a sun kissed face. I use a drop or two mixed with a moisturizer or face primer, apply all over the face and call it good. They are so budget friendly and a little goes a long way. As we transition to the fall months, I continue to use these under my foundation for a subtle glow.
2. Chapstick! I am a chapstick addict and use it all year long, but in the summer months I make sure I’m using one with SPF. Lately I have been obsessed with Sun Bum’s sunscreen lip balm, It has saved me this summer! I used this lip balm during a trip to Hawaii and after a few days everyone’s lips were burned and flaking except mine! They have so many options and they all smell amazing. I’ll be using my coconut flavor through the fall to hold onto summer as long as possible!
3. The Wet Brush! I recommend a wet brush to every one! We love this brush at my house so much that me and my husband each have our own. Not only is this great post shower, but I take this out camping, to the pool, and on the lake. It makes detangling the hair so easy!
4. Flake Away! Soap and Glory’s Flake Away Body Polish is exactly what it sounds like—it exfoliates dry flaking skin. I used a whole tub of this after my vacations. We all hate peeling, dry, flaking skin after a sunburn and this helps so much!
5. Lux Lash Wash! Obviously! I love how simple this wash makes cleaning my lashes. The summer months can be hard on lashes with extra swimming and outdoor activities so using a product that is extension safe is so important! I Know after a day in the mountains my eyelashes are covered in dust and the first thing I do is use my Lux Lash Wash!
Managing Client Expectations
When managing client expectations consultation is key. It is important to understand what the client’s desired look is. A few questions to consider would be: Are they getting eyelash extensions for an event or for every day wear? Do they prefer simple or dramatic? Do they curl their eyelashes? Do they wear glasses? Asking questions will give you an understanding of what the client is expecting. It is our responsibility to manage these expectations honestly. An assessment of the client’s natural lashes will allow you to make an informed decision about how much the lashes can support. It is essential to be on the same page before the service begins. Be honest with the client if their assessment does not allow their expectations to be met while also being clear about what options they do have.
Other things to consider when managing client expectations include the client’s lifestyle and budget. Reiterate your previously discussed prices before the appointment to avoid any miscommunication. If your prices vary between classic and volume make your client aware of the differences before deciding on a lash type. A client’s lifestyle can directly effect their retention. A more active client or a client that wears extra makeup may experience different retention than a client who doesn’t. Again, asking questions will help to manage these expectations. There are questions to ask regarding lifestyle such as, Do you take regular medication, do you have allergies, what type of skin routine do you use, are you pregnant, or how active are you? As lash artists we cannot guarantee their lash retention will always be the same between fills, but asking questions, educating your client on lash cycles, and recommending after care will help to manage client expectations. You know what they say, “It never hurts to ask.” Happy lashing!
I’m Courtney! I’m a lasher, dog mom, and romantic comedy lover. I have been in the beauty industry since 2015. While in cosmetology school I was always “the lash girl.” I was drawn to lashes and I haven’t looked back since. While I still dabble as a hair stylist and I love all things beauty, doing eyelash extensions is my passion. I love the lash world, I love getting to meet amazing women, but I especially love giving people the confidence that I know lashes give me.
When I’m not in the salon you can find me browsing the isles of Target, rewatching New Girl episodes, or spending time with my husband. I married my high school sweetheart and together we love spending time anywhere off-road, eating take out at home, or listening to 90’s hip hop in the car. My life is simple but happy, and I am lucky to get to do something I love every day.
1. Don’t be so hard on yourself! If you are offering lashes at a discounted price because you are a either a beginner or working on your speed, then that is enough. Breathe through the hard times. Believe me, they aren’t over. Stay positive and set goals!
2. Choose 3-5 people you give discounts to. Giving discounts out to everyone is a slippery slope and can get out of hand. Giving your mom, mother-in-law and your eight sisters/sister-in-laws can add up to a lot of money and time on your end.
3. Have a set cancelation/no show policy in place before you get a huge clientele. I get it, stuff happens. I am single mom and sometimes my sitters just don’t end up working out like I had planned and hoped for. BUT if someone repeatedly no shows you or cancels day of, charge them a fee. People need to learn to respect your time just like you should respect their time.
4. Take care of yourself. This one is has been the hardest one for me and probably will always be. (it is the momma bear in me). If you can’t afford it, then look for someone to trade with. (massage therapist, nail girl, hair girl) the great thing about our industry is you have a valuable skill that people want and is great for trading!
5. My last tip would be to never stop learning! The beauty industry is forever evolving and I love it. I have taken countless lash courses and I learn something new every single time. You would be amazed what you can learn from following people on social media and youtube! ***Every Friday at 4:00 pm Lash Essential does a Insta Live – they give great tips on ever aspect of your business!
Things to consider when finding your lash artist & when to find a new one:
•\tAre they a licensed Esthetician or Cosmetologist?
This is important because licensed practitioners are taught proper safety and sanitation through licensed programs.
•\tWhat lash company/brand of lashes do they use?
Yes, some brands are way better quality. (Psst, Lash Essential…) A great way to get a referral for an artist is to contact a lash supplier and they can give you the name of someone in your area.
•\tDo not skimp on price.
Lash artists that truly care keep up on up-to-date technique and products, and have spent thousands of dollars on education. They are worth every penny!
•\tWhen you go to your appointment, take notice of if they are clean.
It is probably not a good sign if there is dog hair all over where you are going to lie down for an hour.
•\tGetting lashes SHOULD NOT HURT!
I want to shout this from the mountaintops! Yes, the fumes can get strong and it may sting here or there. But if you feel like you are being tortured,RUN!
•\tWhen you leave your appointment, your lashes SHOULD NOT HURT!
No, you do not need to get used to that tight or poking pain after a lash fill. This could be happening for a variety of reasons. (i.e. Gluing the extension to the lid, poor isolation, putting too heavy of a lash on a natural lash that isn’t strong enough to support it, etc.) RUN!
Lashes make summer a breeze, especially not having to worry about mascara running
down your face. That being said, they do tend to be a little more high maintenance –
follow these tips to care for them.
1. As always allow at least 24 hours for the bond to fully cure. Keep them dry, avoid
steam/humidity, and maybe skip the gym for one day. (Plan ahead: if you are
going on vacation it may not be the best idea to fit in your lash appointment 12
hours before your vacation.)
2. The need for cleansing will increase naturally during the summer months due to
more oil production, sweating and harsh chemicals from pools. Never let
chlorine dry on lash extensions. Run and rinse your lashes with tap water or your
poolside ice water. (Goggles are great for protection as well.)
3. Spray tans are my favorite: my go-to over a tanning bed or baking in the sun.
However, spray tans can weaken the bond of your lashes and make it extremely
difficult to get lashes to bond at your fill. Cover your face for spray tans or try a
mousse/lotion sunless tanner instead. My favorite sunless tanner is St. Tropez
Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse, found on Amazon or at Ulta.
4. USE THE SUNSCREEN! Protect your pretty faces. Go for the sunscreen lotion
instead of the spray. Pay close attention to migration of the product so it doesn’t
sneak down to those perfect lashes. The suns UV rays are wicked strong and can
potentially break down the bond. I suggest wearing some sunglasses that have
UV protection to help.
5. BBQ – my favorite summer time smell! Be cautious when opening those BBQ
grills that are hot enough to singe your lashes (especially our soft and fluffy
volume lashes). It is never easy to fill lashes when someone has singed them.
They can melt together, which makes it difficult to separate and cause them to
snag when brushing them out.
Due to these factors, most people naturally need to get fills more frequently during