This week we got talking with our beauty professional Jillyun McKinlay to get the low-down on the mermaid lash trend that is taking over everyone’s Instagram feed. We also have some juicy tips from Jillyun on how to build a successful independent business.
Jillyun McKinlay is a talented mobile makeup artist located in Mundaring, Western Australia. With Book Beauty Nearby’s theme of celebrating boss ladies, Jillyun is a perfect representation of the type of beauty professionals we want to support on our booking platform. Juggling being a mother of a crazy two year old and being a gifted and creative freelance makeup artist, Jillyun has accomplished a lot and with her unique services you can trust her to give you the coolest and trendiest mermaid eyelash extensions!
I first saw it on Instagram. One of the girls I followed had posted photos of it and I thought it looked really cool, so I decided to incorporate coloured lashes into my own services. To be honest, there are not a lot of suppliers who offer coloured semi-permanent eyelash extensions. I currently use Sugar Lash and Enchanted Spa to source my coloured lashes.
What are your most requested coloured lashes?
Rainbow came out a couple of years ago; I saw a couple of people doing rainbow lashes for festivals and events. I’ve had a client that was going to a festival and requested silver glitter extensions. They were awesome and shined in the sun, which gave a little bit extra to her outfit. But I found that people usually request their favourite colours for their eyelash extensions. My aunt’s favourite colour is blue, so I applied blue lashes on her.
Yes, they can be worn to the office. You can also get browns, really soft greens and blues that can accentuate the client’s eye colour yet still appear very subtle. I apply the coloured eyelash extensions to the outer corner which is where most people like the focus to be, this really draws the person’s eyes out and makes them look bigger. I also like mixing the coloured lashes with the black eyelash extensions as well, since it gives definition while still giving you natural-looking eyelash extensions that are wearable for every day.
Are coloured eyelash extensions more maintenance than regular eyelash extensions?
No, coloured eyelash extensions require the same amount of maintenance as regular semi-permanent eyelash extensions. You don’t have to worry about the colour running or fading.
What is your advice for people who are new to mermaid lash extensions?
Do a lot of research! Make sure you get lots of information from your lash technician as possible. Finding out information such as how the lash technician’s process works and their eyelash care would be helpful. Usually, people who are new to mermaid eyelash extensions go for the cheapest option, as they’re not sure whether they’re going to like them or not. Don’t go for the cheapest or most expensive method, instead choose a technician who can answer all your concerns.
Thank you so much Jillyun for taking the time for the interview! Share, like, and comment if you enjoyed this blog!
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