Lashing Basics: A Beginners Guide To Isolation

Maintaining the structural integrity and health of the natural lash is essential when lashing—making isolation our natural lashes’ new best friend.

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We like to say that isolation starts and ends with the golden ratio: one extension to one natural lash. Whether you're creating a classic, volume or hybrid look, it’s critical that all natural lashes are isolated as lash extensions are adhered. By isolating the natural lash you’re ensuring that it remains undamaged during its natural growth cycle and can properly shed. It also ensures as natural a look, and as comfortable a feel as possible for your client.


To start, you’ll need one (or two!) of your preferred isolator tweezers —we’re BIG fans of our Curve Isolator. Ideally, the perfect isolating tweezer should be sharp, allow for maximum visibility, and have just the right amount of tension to keep hands relaxed. You can shop our full lineup of isolators below to find your perfect fit!


Once you’ve secured your tool(s) of choice, you’ll begin to comb through the lashes, allowing your lead tweezer to gently open and expose lashes section by section. You’ll use the second, supporting tweezer to assist with combing and to further isolate an individual lash by pushing back the lashes on either side. Of course, this is easier said than done. Lashes grow in layers and different directions making isolation a technique that takes time, practice and patience to perfect.

More of a visual learner? Check out our Lashing Basics: Isolation tutorial below to see this technique in action.

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As with everything, don’t forget to practice, practice, practice! Mastering the art of isolation is one of the first steps to creating beautiful, healthy sets of lashes. And don’t forget to tag us on our IG to share all of the fabulous looks you create for your clients.

Want a deeper dive into Isolation? Check out our online and in-person education lineup here.