Wednesday Wink – All About Gel Pad Styles


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.

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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.


These tapered gel pads by Glad Lash have advanced collagen hydro-gel for use in eyelash extension application, and are extra thin for maximum comfort.

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.


The Comfort Fit Lash Pro Gel Lint Free Patches have a barely-there feel for clients while still maintaining strength throughout the application process.

Silicone Pad

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.


This self-adherent, extra soft silicone pad is hypoallergenic and free from any active ingredients – making them perfect for all skin types.

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?

Maryann Matykowski

Maryann has an accomplished, 30+ year background in the beauty industry. As a cosmetologist she opened her first salon in ’83. Maryann has specialized as an educator since 2006, and is now Master Trainer/Training and Education Coordinator here at Glad Lash Academy. Maryann knows what it takes to create successful salon businesses and is here to share her experience with you.

Disclaimer! Opinions expressed on the Glad Lash Blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Glad Lash Inc. Content is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered professional advice. You should always seek professional advice before making decisions that could affect your business or clients.

5 thoughts on “Wednesday Wink – All About Gel Pad Styles”

  1. V.G. says:

    Awesome tips. Thank you so much for the great info you publish. I enjoy the read.

  2. Trina says:

    I have done Permanent Makeup for nine years and am considering incorporating lash extensions into the mix. What are the lashes that a conservative person would prefer that looks the most natural?

    1. GladLash says:

      Hi Trina, for more information about our products please contact us at support@gladgirl.com or 888-688-9621. Thank you.

  3. Cristal Hernandez says:

    Can you use gel pads that are infused like with collagen or aloe?

    1. Glad Lash says:

      Hi Cristal,

      Great question! Almost every gel pad has some kind of “gel” on them for better adhesion. Some gel pads claim collagen infused and others just call them gel pads.
      Just be careful, you don’t want the gel pads to ooze over the edges. This can leak into the eye and cause burning and irritation. So try a few brands out until you find one that works for your clientele.
      I love the Glad Lash mini gel pads. These are my favorite.

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