Lash Extension Brushes: All you Need to Know

Welcome to the exciting world of lash extensions! You've dived in and quickly realized applying lashes is more than just attaching them to your client's natural lashes. Now, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the variety of lash brushes available. Different tips, shapes, and functions – why so many? Don't worry, we're here to clear things up and equip you with the knowledge to conquer those lash brushes!

Different Lash Extension Brushes

To achieve flawless lash applications and healthy lash extensions, lash artists rely on a core set of 4 functional brushes, each with a specific purpose:

  • Spoolie: This brush resembles a mascara wand, but with softer, more separated bristles. It's perfect for separating natural lashes during application and fluffing them up for a natural, fanned-out look after the extensions are applied.
  • Micro Swab: This tiny, tapered brush is a lifesaver for precision cleaning. It can remove excess adhesive during application or gently cleanse the lash line of makeup before extensions are attached.
  • Applicator: This handy tool comes in various shapes and angles to help you isolate and pick up individual lash extensions. It allows for precise placement and control, ensuring a flawless lash application.
  • Cleansing Brush: Designed for lash maintenance, this brush helps your clients gently cleanse their lash extensions while showering or washing their face. It removes buildup and keeps their lashes healthy and beautiful.

Now, let's jump into the specifics of each brush:

1. The Spoolie


Every lash artist knows the power of a good spoolie (so-called mascara brush or mascara wand). This seemingly simple tool is a game-changer for both you and your lash extension clients. Here's why:

For Flawless Application

Separation Superstar: This translates to quicker application and a flawless, clump-free lash line. No more struggling with tangled lashes or uneven placement – the spoolie ensures a smooth foundation for stunning results.

Pro Tips for Your Clients

Happy Lashes, Happy Clients: Educate your clients on the importance of daily spoolie brushing. It gently removes debris, makeup residue, and tangles, keeping their extensions clean, healthy, and looking their best. Not only will this prevent irritation and discomfort, but it will also showcase the full potential of your lash artistry.

Dry is Best: Advise clients to avoid brushing wet lash extensions. Let them air dry completely before a gentle combing. Water can weaken the adhesive bond and cause the extensions to loosen prematurely.

The Morning Boost: Brushing Breakdown: Instruct clients to brush their lashes gently with a spoolie as part of their daily routine. Brushing in the morning helps lift and separate lashes, giving them a fresh, voluminous look. This is a great way for your clients to maximize the dramatic effect of their lash extensions and feel confident all day long.

Nightly Maintenance: Brushing before bed removes dust, debris, and any makeup residue that might have accumulated during the day. This promotes healthy lash extension growth and prevents irritation. By incorporating this simple step into their nighttime routine, your clients can ensure their lash extensions stay comfortable and beautiful for weeks to come.

By recommending a spoolie and proper brushing techniques, you'll empower your clients to maintain their lash extensions beautifully, maximizing their lifespan and keeping them coming back for more! You'll not only be providing a valuable service, but also establishing yourself as a lash artist who goes the extra mile for client satisfaction.

2. The Micro Swab


The micro swab, a seemingly small tool, packs a powerful punch in the lash artist's arsenal. This essential item offers unparalleled precision and control during various stages of the lash extension process.

Master of Details

Prepping Perfection: Before extension application, use a micro swab to meticulously clean and prep the natural lashes. Its tiny tip allows you to remove makeup residue, oils, and debris with pinpoint accuracy, ensuring a strong bond for long-lasting extensions.

Targeted Cleansing: During application, a micro swab becomes your go-to tool for removing excess adhesive. Its fine fibers gently remove any stray glue without affecting the newly placed extensions, resulting in a clean and flawless lash line.

the micro swab's precise application comes in handy when applying solutions or removing residue from delicate areas around the eye.

Pro Techniques:

Bendable for Flexibility: The bendable tip of the micro swab allows you to access even the most hard-to-reach areas around the lash line, ensuring a thorough cleaning or removal process.

Double the Power: For stubborn makeup residue or a deeper clean, consider using two micro swabs simultaneously. Gently sandwich the lash base between the swabs and work the cleanser back and forth for optimal results. Remember to be gentle and avoid pulling on the lashes.

Fresh is Best: Always use a clean micro swab for each eye to prevent cross-contamination and infection. Dispose of used swabs hygienically and never reuse them.

3. The Disposable Applicator


Don't let the "disposable" part fool you – the disposable applicator is a powerful tool in any lash artist's kit. Here's why:

Precision with a Punch:

Think of the disposable applicator as a super-sized micro swab. Its key advantage lies in its:

Lint-Free Performance: Made from lint-free material, this applicator glides smoothly past extensions without snagging or leaving behind any unwanted fibers. This ensures a clean application and prevents irritation to your clients' eyes.

Firm Finesse: The applicator tip offers the perfect balance of firmness and flexibility. It's strong enough to effectively clean between lashes and along the lash line, removing debris and makeup residue with ease.

Optimal Size: The applicator's tip size is specifically designed to distribute lash cleanser evenly throughout the lashes, ensuring a thorough cleaning process.

Efficiency at its Finest:

Cost-Effective Champion: Disposable applicators are a budget-friendly option, allowing you to provide a hygienic and effective cleaning experience for each client without breaking the bank.

Pro Tip:

While disposable applicators are designed for single use, some lash artists choose to disinfect them with appropriate solutions and reuse them for a limited number of clients. However, prioritizing hygiene is paramount. Always use your best judgment and ensure proper sanitation practices are followed.

The Lash Cleansing Brush


The lash cleansing brush might seem like a simple tool, but it's a gentle giant when it comes to caring for lash extensions. 

Deep Clean Champion:

Unlike cotton swabs or towels that can snag on extensions, the lash cleansing brush boasts soft, specially designed bristles. These bristles reach deep between natural lashes, effectively cleaning the bases of extensions from every angle. This meticulous cleaning removes makeup, oils, and protein buildup, promoting healthy lash growth and preventing irritation.

Longer-Lasting Lashes:
By gently removing debris and buildup, the lash cleansing brush helps your clients' lash extensions last longer. This translates to happier clients who can enjoy their beautiful lashes for weeks to come.

Perfect Partner:
For optimal results, recommend pairing the cleansing brush with a specially formulated foaming lash cleanser. The combination of the brush's gentle touch and the cleanser's effective formula creates a luxurious and thorough cleaning experience for your clients.

Retail Powerhouse:
By educating your clients on the benefits of the lash cleansing brush and its partner cleanser, you'll be offering valuable aftercare advice and creating a lucrative retail opportunity.

Importance of Choosing the Right Lash Extension Brush

When it comes to lash extensions, proper aftercare is essential for maintaining their beauty and health. And the right brush plays a key role in that! 

Gentle Separation: Unlike mascara brushes, lash extension brushes have softer, more spaced-out bristles. This prevents snagging or pulling on the extensions, which can cause damage and premature fallout.

Targeted Cleaning: Lash extension brushes come in various shapes, like spoolies (mascara wand look-alikes) and micro swabs. Spoolies help gently separate lashes and remove debris, while micro swabs offer precise cleaning around the lash line and for removing excess adhesive during application.

Enhanced Longevity: By using the proper brushes for cleaning and maintenance, you can minimize irritation and prevent lash loss, ultimately extending the lifespan of your extensions.
Remember: When recommending aftercare brushes to your clients, avoid those with harsh bristles or metal components that could damage the extensions.

How Often Should I Clean My Eyelash Brush?

To maintain healthy and hygienic eyelashes, it is important to clean your eyelash brush regularly. Here is a simple step-by-step guide:

  • Remove any excess residue from the brush bristles using a clean tissue or cloth.
  • Fill a small table or cup with warm water and add a gentle detergent or baby shampoo.
  • Dip the brush bristles into the soapy water, making sure to saturate them completely.
  • Gently swirl the brush in the water, allowing the soap to break down any remaining residue.
  • Rinse the brush under running water until all the soap and residue is removed.
  • Pat the brush dry with a clean towel, reshaping the bristles if necessary.
  • Leave the brush in a well-ventilated area to air dry completely before using it again.

By following these steps and cleaning your eyelash brush regularly, you can prevent the build-up of bacteria and ensure the longevity of your brush.