It’s true, there are TONS of tweezers for lash extensions. They break up into sub-categories, though, so I’m going to focus on those sub-categories to make sure you are fully acquainted with them, before diving deeper! So, of all of these tweezer options, what tweezers are the best tweezers to use, and in what situations do you use them?
1. Isolation Tweezers
What are they? These are the most straightforward and, in my opinion, 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.
What are they used for? Isolation duh. These babies will keep your work clean and simple. They allow the artist to separate and ISOLATE each individual lash that they intend to extend, preventing any adhesive from migrating to other lashes.
When are they used? ALWAYS! Whether the artist is applying classic or volume, they will absolutely always want to use isolation tweezers.
Are there different variations? Yes, slight variations of curves are available to cater to specific artist preferences.
2. Straight Tweezers
What are they? Straight tweezers are 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.
What are they used for? They allow the artist to easily pick up and place individual extensions on each isolated natural lash.
When are they used? Straight tweezers are most commonly used for classic lashes (one lash extension to one natural lash).
Are there different variations? There are variations of straight tweezers. They mostly range in size and length, which is based on artist preference.
3. Volume Tweezers
What are they? These babies will make an artist the most money so listen up! Volume lash extension tweezers are long and always have some sort of curvature at the tip that tapers to a point!
What are they used for? The curvature at the tip of volume tweezers allows artists to pick up and grip multiple lash extensions at one time.
When are they used? 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!
Are there different variations? There are variations of volume tweezers. Two of the most common volume tweezers are J tweezers and L tweezers.
3.1 J Tweezers and L Tweezers
What are they? They are 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.
What are they used for? 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.