Every lash artist, lash lifter and lash tinter will use some sort of under eye protection when working their craft. The most common tool is the Under Eye Gel Pad. We commonly refer to this protection as a “gel pad”. However, some of these pads actually don’t have gel on them. They can be more like a sticker.
Let’s take a look at a few different styles…
The Full Gel Pad
Used to cover the complete lash line, when placed on the lower lashes they create a barrier so the top and bottom lashes do not stick together from the lash adhesive. This style seems to be the most commonly used for lash extensions and lash tinting.
These pads can be used under the lash line with tape to prevent the lower lashes from becoming stuck to the upper lashes, if you prefer this method.
Options for Smaller Eyes
For smaller eyes that can’t accommodate a full-size gel pad, you have a few other options. There is the tapered gel pad…This fits better on those who have smaller eyes. A good option when a full-size can be a bit too bulky toward the inner eye. This tapered pad fits a bit better when you have limited space in the eye area, or on a client with high cheekbones. The pads will lay a little flatter on the cheek.
Another great option is the mini gel pads. This is my personal favorite. They are smaller, they have less gel on them, and are great for smaller or close-set eyes. They have less bulk and fit a little tighter than the full-size pad. I use these under the lower lashes with tape. They are not big enough to cover the complete lash line on most clients.
Lastly, there is the silicone pad. Not technically a “gel” pad, this silicone product is meant to be reusable. It’s a great tool in lash lifts and lash tinting. The added benefit is that they can be thoroughly cleaned, sanitized and reused. I keep this style on hand for emergency purposes. Some clients have sensitivities to gel and this is a great solution. They will stick with no adhesive, gel or tape due to the tacky nature of the silicone.
I would suggest you keep a few different pads on hand so you have options for all the various eye types and situations. You will spend less time trying to adjust the gel pad if you have the correct size and shape. What are your favorites to work with?