There’s no question that lash artists can’t use just ANY tweezers to lash. Yet there are so many lash extension tweezers out there, from different brands and quality tweezers, to different sizes and shapes! There aren’t many resources that break these products down for artists who are new in this industry.
Tweezer options, what tweezers are the best tweezers to use, and in what situations do you use them?
- Isolation Tweezers. These are the most straightforward and, the most important! They are straight tweezers with a slight curve on the underside that allows the artist to place them against the client’s brow without having them extend and rest on the lid of the eye. They allow the artist to separate and ISOLATE each individual lash that they intend to extend, preventing any adhesive from migrating to other lashes. Whether the artist is applying classic or volume, they will absolutely always want to use isolation tweezers. Slight variations of curves are available to cater to specific artist preferences. Straight Tweezers. Generally what artists start out with. They are literally straight…tweezers… yep. Just straight. They are long and narrow with a tapered point at the end. Most commonly used for classic lashes (one lash extension to one natural lash).
- Volume Tweezers long and always have some sort of curvature at the tip that tapers to a point! The curvature at the tip of volume tweezers allows artists to pick up and grip multiple lash extensions at one time. Volume tweezers are used specifically for volume lashes (multiple lash extensions to one natural lash). They make it easy to create a lash fan and to manipulate multiple lash extensions at a time! There are variations of volume tweezers. Two of the most common volume tweezers are J tweezers and L tweezers.
- J Tweezers and L Tweezers named J and L because of the curvature at the tip. L tweezers taper into a 120-90 degree angle at the tip, which closely resembles an “L”. J tweezers taper to more of a curved 150-120 degree curve closely resembling a J. L tweezers are generally used to pick up five or more lashes at a time, as they give the artist more surface space to grip the lashes (along the “straight” of the “L,” refer to 1:15 in the video below for visual reference). J tweezers are used for five or fewer lashes as they have less surface space to grip (refer to 1:25 in the video below). Many artists choose to use one or the other because of comfort, though, rather than quantity of lashes.