Eyelash Extension Courses

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What is Eyelash Extension?

Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent fibers that are attached to your natural eyelashes to make your lash fringe look longer, fuller, and darker.

A Lash Artist or Lash stylist will apply individual lash extensions to each of the individual natural eyelashes one extension per natural eyelash using semi-permanent glue. The material varies from studio to studio, but lash extensions can be made of synthetic, mink, faux mink, or silk fibers. Most studios offer a variety of extension lengths, curl patterns, and tints so clients can customize their look.

What 3rd level courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in Eyelash Extension in the following subject areas:

  • Classic Eyelashes Extensions Course – Classic Eyelashes Extensions Course gives a Course Qualification of Level 4 Certificate. 
  • Foundation in Eyelash Extensions – A unique blend of theory and practical hands-on training. 
  • Online Russian Volume Eyelash Extensions Course – Learn the techniques of creating better, fuller-looking lashes.
  • Advanced Master class of Eyelash Extensions – Develop your skills and knowledge of eyelash extensions further.
  • Volume Eyelash Extensions – Learn a technique for creating voluminous and luxurious lashes.
  • Eyelash Extensions Novalash Classic – This course allows you to get Novalash Certified.
  • Individual Eyelashes Course – Learn how to apply for eyelash extensions and about the techniques and products in the process.

Studying Eyelash Extension in college

There are many courses in Eyelash Extension that take place over 1 year to 4 years depending on the course and modules selected. There are also part-time courses and night courses available so you can be sure to fit in your studies no matter what your schedule is like.

Courses will cover theory work through lectures, assignments, tutorials, and taught modules. Assessments will take place continuously with written examinations and practical assignments combined to achieve a qualification.

You could also consider work experience or a work shadow in the industry. By job shadowing and carrying out work experience assisting a professional in the field you’ll gain valuable insight, develop your portfolio, build a network of contacts and demonstrate your commitment to the profession. Observation is one of the best ways to learn skills and techniques.

Competition is tough and professionals are often employed on reputation and popularity. A good starting point is to get in touch with the contacts made during the study and particularly through work experience as these contacts will have an idea of your skills and work ethic and could help you to find a position through recommendations or maybe a useful reference.

Career options

After completing an Eyelash Extension course you will be able to get started in a career that uses specific knowledge of eyelashes and eyelash extension application as well as other basic beauty treatments.

There are plenty of opportunities available within the Beauty industry in various work environments such as salons, spas, hotels and resorts, cruise ships and even working from home.

Many beauty professionals follow their path and create a space where they can work from home. They are in charge of their hours and therefore in charge of the money they make.

Working hours will depend on whether you are employed by a facility with set business hours or if you are contracted to various facilities or companies. Hours are full time and a typical work week will be 37.5 hours a week, but you are likely to work at the weekend and in private practice, your hours will reflect the needs of your clients.

Related jobs include:

  • Lash Artist
  • Lash Stylist
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Media/theatre make-up artist
  • Fashion make-up artist
  • Cruise ship beauty therapist
  • Spa therapist
  • Senior spa therapist
  • Nail Technician
  • Salon Manager
  • Salon receptionist
  • Salon trainer
  • Massage Therapist
  • Product distributor and trainer

Further study

After completing a course in Eyelash Extension you may choose to pursue further study in a specialist field to increase your knowledge base and skillset. Postgraduate study can also be used as a means to change career focus or to gain professional qualifications required to practice in certain career areas such as cosmetology, hairdressing, or other beauty therapies.


Are there different types of eyelash extensions?

Lash artists typically use three different kinds of eyelash extension materials: mink, silk, and synthetic.

Most lash studios have their preference for the type of lash extension they use and won’t always ask you if you have a preference. So if you’re vegan or allergic to cats, be sure to specifically request that mink lash extensions are not used on you.

No lash extension type lasts longer than the other, but mink and silk lashes tend to have a more natural look, while synthetic lashes can be thicker and darker, which is better suited for those who want a bolder look. 

Within these three categories (mink, silk, and synthetic), there are varying degrees of length and curl to choose from. Typically your lash artist will use multiple lengths and curl strengths to create a wide-eyed effect, with longer lashes being placed towards the outer corners of the eyes and shorter lashes placed on the inner corners.

What is the eyelash extension application process like?

Eyelash extensions are carefully applied one at a time using specially formulated semi-permanent glue that will not irritate or damage the natural lash. Typically 80 to 140 eyelashes are applied per eye.

Using tweezers, your lash artist will dip the end of each extension in the lash glue and then apply it to your lash. In most cases, one eyelash extension is applied per natural eyelash; however, more voluminous looks can require multiple extensions per individual natural lash. The application isn’t painful, but it is a long process often taking 1-2 hours for application.

Where can I study Eyelash Extension?

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Did You Know?

· Like our eyebrows, the tiny hairs on our eyelids keep dirt, sweat, water, and other unwanted debris out of the way. 

· Eyelashes fall out daily, anywhere from one to five will drop out each day. And at three months, an eyelash’s growth cycle is much shorter than the hair on your head — which is one reason why they don’t grow very long.

· There’s a big difference between your upper and lower lashes. The hairs on your top lid are much fuller than your lower lash line. They’re almost twice as full with about 200 to 300 lashes while your lower lid only has about 100.

· Tiny mites live in your eyelashes. Called Demodex, they remove dirt and debris and help clean your lash follicles.

· Early eyelash tools have been found in Ancient Egypt, but the modern mascara as we know it was created in 1913 in France by Rimmel. However, mascara didn’t become popular in America until Maybelline created their first formula, which was a mixture of coal and Vaseline.

Mariza Halliday

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