How to Become an Eyelash Stylist


Eyelash extensions have become a really popular option for those who enjoy treating themselves to some pampering, and don’t want to deal with fake lashes, mascara, and eyelash curlers daily. In fact, these lashes can last anywhere from four to eight weeks, so as a lash tech you get to help your clients look and feel better, and know that business will have regular, regenerating business.

Eyelash Stylist Licensing and Certification

While lash stylists in some places are required to hold a cosmetology or esthetician diploma, this is not required in the UK. However, whether licensing requirements exist in your area, the role still requires training.

Though becoming a lash stylist may seem like a fun, even easy job, there are important safety protocols and knowledge that you must have to do this job. Eyelash stylists use chemicals and sharp tools around a very sensitive and important area of the face. If something were to go wrong, you’d risk facing legal recourse, not to mention loose customer faith and loyalty.

As a precaution, it is important to look into liability insurance, and insurers will require proof of qualification. Luckily there are courses available to train you in proper lash extension application.

Lash Stylist Training Programs

There are many ways you can become a qualified eyelash stylist. How you decide which is right for you should be based on a few things.

Each course will provide a description of what it entails and what qualifications are necessary if any. If you are a beginner, you may need previous experience in other cosmetics or ethetics training and/or work. One of the critical components of these training is the health and safety aspect, so review multiple courses to get a sense of the standard, and make this a priority in your choice.

You also want to ensure that the course you are taking is accredited by a body such as the Beauty Guild, and these will qualify you to work from home. If you want to work in a salon, you should look for courses that will provide you with a Vocationally-Related Qualification (VRQ) and National Vocational Qualification (NVQ).

Following the completion of your training, you will need to spend time practising your skills. However, training doesn’t end there, and you should consider additional courses to refine and perfect your skills. You can learn more on

Length of Training & Certification

Lash extension training is incredibly fast, as compared to many other cosmetic and esthetic jobs; in some cases, you can complete your course in under 24 hours. However, it can take much longer to become a certified eyelash technician.

It can take many months to master the art of lash extensions, and in many cases, you are required to complete additional assessments before you are allowed to start charging clients. Case studies are common practice and you will need to demonstrate your skills to family and friends.

Whether you’re thinking of becoming a lash stylist to add to your list of services, or you want to go all-in, this can be rewarding work that allows you to connect with people and make them look and feel beautiful. However, the importance of safety and training cannot be understated.

Written by Megan Taylor
Megan is a beauty expert who is passionate about all things makeup and glam! Her love for makeup has brought her to become a beauty pro at Glamour Garden Cosmetics.