To Swipe or Not to Swipe?

To swipe or not to swipe? This is a question we get often.

At The Bella Show Sandra Duarte (Lash 411) and Zach Chipman (founder of Bella) answered this question!

Live Q&A Lash Panel:

Posted by Bella Lash Eyelash Extensions on Saturday, September 30, 2017

Watch the full video here!

The question

“If you swipe or paint the glue on, do your clients come with loose spaces (the extension is loose on parts of the natural lash)?

Sandra’s answer (1:58- 3:45):

When you paint the adhesive, it starts drying. As soon as that adhesive makes contact with anything it starts to dry immediately. If you shimmy or swipe, there starts your dry time. So, if you have a 2-3 second glue, you swipe and “uh!” 1 second just went by, you swipe it again and there is your 2nd second. By the time you place it, that glue is already half way dry. The base is going to come off, it might still be connected at the shaft. If you then brush the lashes and there are loose pieces it’s because you disrupted the bond. Once you dip the adhesive you need to immediately place it right onto the lash.”

Zach’s answer (3:45-4:50):

“When we have the adhesive, a coat that bonds to the lash we have a full cured adhesive that is made of a bunch of polymers. Bonding that to the lash, we want to get the best bond possible, like Sandra said, once you start that shimmy, once it gets contact with anything we are giving the polymers a place to begin the crystallization process, we are giving them the initialization in the polymerization process.

We don’t want to start that process until we have that lash set in place so we can have the best bond possible. It’s giving it the full cure time with the lash sitting still and in place that’s going to get the best retention.

So that’s actually something that’s changed when we first started in the industry. We talked about the shimmying too, and now the science and technology is progressing and we’re learning more about the industry and how things are working, we learned that, that’s just not the proper way to do it anymore. Sandra is exactly right we don’t want to do the shimmy. We want to get the full curation process on the lash we want to start it and have it stop while on the lash.”


The conclusion? DO NOT SWIPE! In order to get the full bond and best retention immediately place the lash!


5 thoughts on “To Swipe or Not to Swipe?

  1. Christina says:

    This makes so much sense! And how I’ve been applying for the past few months now. It was hard at first to break the swipe habit lol. Took a good week.
    Thanks for the reassurance!!

  2. kim moscara says:

    I was trained by Minkys. they did teach me to swipe. now I will try to break the habit. my clients lashes seem to have a clump of adhesive when they come back. Thank you

  3. Ana says:

    I like how you explained it in your video. Very interesting. While extensions look great and everything, you shouldn’t neglect your natural lashes. Use a growth serum or a conditioner to maintain their health and strength.

  4. Kimberly says:

    I think it depends on the glue. Shimmy I have found helps create more texture for the glue to lock into. I find lashes fall off sooner when dipped and placed…


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