4 Tips for the ULTIMATE Lash Lift

When it comes to lash lifting, it’s like baking a cake. You’re probably thinking how on earth is baking a cake similar to lifting someone’s lashes? Think about this - when you’re baking a cake, if you leave out the flour, you aren’t going to get an edible cake. If you leave out a step or don’t follow the instructions, you’re most likely not going to get a beautiful lash lift.

In the world of lash lifting, there isn’t one specific thing that makes or breaks the results. There are multiple factors that come in to play to get those dramatic, jaw-dropping afters. So what are they?! Let’s dive in!


Choosing the correct size rod or shield will play a big role in how your lash lift will turn out. How you can determine which size to use is by measuring the clients lashes before you glue the rod or shield down to their eye. Simply place the rod/shield against their eyelid and scoop their lashes up to see where they reach. The goal is about 3/4 up on the rod or shield. If they are reaching the half way mark or below, it’ll be a more natural lift. If they reach clear over the rod or shield, they can appear over-curled.

Take extra care when lifting the lashes onto the rod or shield. How they appear on the rod is how they will stay! You will want to use your preferred tool to carefully place and isolate the lashes so they are straight up, not criss-crossed and going the same direction, making sure they aren’t at an angle. Why is this important? Well, lash lifting is permanently redirecting the lashes and locking them into their new shape. If you have criss-crossed lashes on the rod, once you place your lift and setting lotions, they will be locked into that criss-crossed shape.

Product placement is KEY in achieving the ultimate lash lift! You want to place the product 1mm from the base and half-way to 3/4 up on the lashes, always avoiding the tips. Remember, it’s extremely important to get the product as close to the lash line as possible, without touching the waterline. In order to achieve that dramatic lash lift from the base of the lashes, you need correct product placement.
A little tip I like to teach my students is pushing the product into the lashes vs having it sit on top. What do I mean by that? Take your application brush and gently push the lotion so it is pressed into the lashes instead of just applying a light coat on top.

As you might have seen on my social media and other blog posts, I’m a big advocate for less is more when it comes to processing with Elleebana. When determining your processing times, keep in mind the clients lash density. How thick are their lashes? Length really doesn't have anything to do with this - so investigate the thickness of their lash instead. Here’s a quick little timing guide that you can refer back to.

Thin Lashes: 4-5min lift lotion / 3min setting
Medium Lashes: 6min lift lotion / 4min setting
Thick Lashes: 7-8min lift lotion / 5min setting

Just a little pro tip - you never want to exceed 10min for the lift lotion or 5min for the setting. This can lead to over-processed lashes.. yikes!

As always, if you have questions about the service, a product or would like to sign up for my online training, don’t hesitate to reach out. I am always here to answer any questions you may have and support you continuously throughout your Elleebana journey!

XO, Shelby

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  • It’s great that you mentioned that You would want to use your preferred tool to place and isolate the lashes carefully, so they are straight up, not crisscrossed, and going the same direction, making sure they aren’t at an angle. My sister will have a lash lift treatment at the salon, and I am thinking of getting one also. I’ll share this with her and see how it goes for her. Thanks! https://eyeconiclashstudio.com/

    Levi Armstrong

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