Eye Pads: Why do we use them? Using Eye Pads can seem like such a small step, but they are definitely crucial during a service.
Just like eyeballs, pads come in many shapes and sizes. This is why it’s recommended to stock up on a variation of shapes, sizes, textures and even materials of eye pads. Some artists prefer longer thinner pads, while others prefer them to be a tad sticky. Generally the two main types of eye pads are Lint Free Eye Pads, or Collagen Eye Pads. In the end, this comes down to personal preference and what works for your client. Since collagen eye pads offer a treatment, they give you the opportunity to offer them as an up-sell for your client.
Why We Use Them:
- To section off bottom lashes: Placing a pad over the clients bottom lashes will help to avoid the issue of any top lashes accidentally getting stuck to the bottom ones. At the beginning of a service, turn on your overhead bright light and ask the client to look upward with a neutral expression. Line the eye pad up with the curvature of the lower lash line- place the pad gently on top of the lashes!
- To protect under eye skin: The skin underneath the eye is some of the most sensitive skin on the body, due to its thinness. The eye pads allow us to touch the under eye without directly coming in contact with the skin while isolating a lash with tweezers.
- To make work more visible: White eye pads offer a great contrast against dark lashes, making isolation easier. Black eye pads are also available for clients who have very blonde lashes- this will help isolation as well.
Pad Placement Check: Check your under eye pads often during a service to make sure the pads have not slipped closer to the eyeball than intended. Make sure your client knows that it is encouraged to mention any discomfort around the eye as discomfort is not normal during a service. The eye pad should cover all the lashes on the bottom later, without sitting on the water line. Don’t be afraid to adjust and replace the pad throughout services, or even use a bit of Micropore Tape to tape the pads in place.