It’s hard to imagine the beauty world before lash extensions existed. Thanks to them, we can roll out of bed and into the office looking wide-eyed and awake (even if we went a little too hard at happy hour the night before). They’ve democratized the full-lash club and given those of us not naturally blessed with sky-high lashes a chance to experience their joys, fluttering our eyes with the best of them. But anyone who’s had a bad lash extension experience can attest to the fact that it’s not a one-size-fits-all type of business. A good lash technician will look carefully at your unique eye shape and tailor your extensions around that, instead of choosing the same lash curl and length for all of their clients.
“Every client has unique eye characteristics that are best suited to certain types of styling, curl-types, and lash lengths,” says Courtney Buhler. As the creator of a company that specializes in lash extensions, she felt to us like the perfect person to speak on the best eyelash extension for your unique eye shape.
Meet the Expert
Courtney Buhler is a celebrity lash expert and the founder of Sugarlash Pro based in Edmonton, Canada. When she is not working in her studio, Buhler travels and shares her knowledge of lash health and extensions at events and classes.
Whether you’re an eyelash pro or an extension newbie wanting to know what exactly to ask your technician for, we’ve got tips that will be helpful to you below.
About almond eyes: “Almond eyes are about twice as wide as they are high and are the most common eye shape. Because almond eyes are considered the most proportionate eye shape, they can support nearly any lash styling.”
For the pro: “Use a cat eye on clients who want to elongate their natural shape or an open eye on those looking to brighten up their features.”
For the customer: “I would recommend you ask for a more standard C curl, which is not too curly or loose. You really have creative freedom here depending on what look you want!”
About hooded eyes: “Hooded eyes—or monolids—are eyelids without a crease. Hooded lids can appear very heavy, even ‘swallowing’ the lash line underneath it. You’ll want to open up hooded lids and break through a heavy lash line.”
For the pro: “I recommend L and L+ lashes. These specialty lashes have a flat base and severe curl that shoots out from under the lid, lifting the lash line, making the eyes appear bright and fresh.”
For the customer: “I would suggest asking for the longest lengths to be placed to a mid-outer eye and for your technician to use the curliest lash available. The curliest lashes available are a D/L/and L+ curl. This more dramatic curl allows for the eye to really open up!”
About round eyes: “Round eyes are very open and alert, but if styled incorrectly, they can end up looking surprised.”
For the pro: “To tone down the alertness, shorter lengths in a looser curl (like a B curl) should be used. This relaxes the eye shape, giving the appearance of [an] almond shape.”
For the customer: “If you have round eyes, you would ask for a less curly curl and the longest length toward the mid-outer eye. In lash terms, this is a B curl lash. This helps shape the eye to more of that almond shape.”
Next up, read our complete guide to fuller, longer eyelashes.