Fan-tastic Lashes: How to Make Lash Fans

Hey lash lovers!  Welcome to the lash lounge, where we’re about to embark on a journey to demystify the art of crafting the perfect volume lash fan. If you’ve ever found yourself marveling at those Instagram-worthy lash sets and wondering, ‘how to make lash fans?’—you’re in the right place.

Whether you’re a lash artist seeking to refine your technique or a passionate DIYer ready to unleash your inner lash magician, this blog post is your backstage pass on how to make fan lashes. We’ll be delving into the nitty-gritty details, from choosing the right lashes and adhesives to mastering the fanning technique that will make your lash game strong.

Get ready to take notes, experiment, and elevate your lash game to new heights. We’re about to spill the tea on how to make lash fans that not only defy gravity but also leave a lasting impression. So, grab your favorite lash tools, cozy up, and let’s dive into how to make lash fans together. Ready, set, lash!

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How to Make Lash Fans. A question all lash techs ponder

What Is the Definition of a Volume Lash Fan?

A volume lash fan is a collection of synthetic lashes that are attached to a single natural eyelash. When compared to traditional lashes, lash fans are utilized in volume or hybrid sets to provide depth and fluff.

What characteristics make an ideal volume lash fan?

The initial factor to consider when learning how to make lash fans is symmetry, specifically the uniform spacing between each lash. It’s essential to recognize that the space between lashes varies depending on the fan size. For instance, a 2D fan will have a wider space between lashes, while a 3D fan will have a slightly smaller space, and a 4D fan will be even smaller.

The spacing between lashes in a fan indicates whether it’s narrow, normal, or wide. An asymmetrical fan opening can lead to a misaligned or closed fan, which is a concern for lash technicians. In a scenario like creating a 5D lash look, having three closed lashes in the fan can disrupt the symmetry and result in an uneven finish.

Moving on to the next element, the body of the fan should constitute two-thirds of the fan, while the base should make up about one-third. It’s crucial to taper the base of the fan to prevent splitting, inadequate attachment, and discomfort for the client.

The glue zone, situated at the base of the fan, is another vital aspect of creating the perfect fan. This 2mm section of the base should be dipped into the glue to ensure proper adhesion. Using less than 2mm of glue can lead to retention issues.

Lastly, in volume lashing technique, it’s important to select the lash thickness based on the client’s natural lashes to avoid damaging them with heavy or oversized fans.

And remember, each client needs a customized lash fan. Just like we tailor everything to suit our client’s preferences and natural lashes, the same applies to creating volume lash fans. There are various sizes and styles of volume fans, and it’s a collaborative decision between you and your client to choose the best one.

How to Make Lash Fans: Wide fan vs. Narrow fan

Consider the choice between a wide fan and a narrow fan. If your client prefers a light and fluffy look, opt for a wide fan. These fans are less dense, resulting in shorter and less impactful lashes. It’s crucial to communicate this to your client beforehand. When working with wide fans, be mindful not to leave the stem too short, as it can affect retention.

Ensure that the overall width of the fan doesn’t exceed 6mm (¼ inch). Fans wider than this can appear messy and make the application more challenging.

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Narrow fans provides a denser, more fluffy overall lash look

How to Make Lash Fans: Flat vs. thin bases

The versatility of handcrafted volume lashing’s style is among its most remarkable features.  As an artist, you have the freedom to select the base that best fits the style you want to achieve. 

Lashes with a thin base can be adhered to the sides, bottom, or even the top of the natural lash. This is the method to achieve a more organized appearance if that’s your goal. Furthermore, a natural lash can be completely encircled by a thin base volume fan, providing excellent retention.

It is only possible to lay a flat base over or under the natural lash. Although it has its own advantages, a flat base volume fan will not wrap the natural lash as much as a thin base fan does. If your client has scant natural lashes, the flat base lash fan can cover up the gaps by giving the lash line a darker look. 

In the event that your glue dries too quickly even before you begin wrapping the fan, you may be experiencing the problem of consistently having a flat base fan when your original intention was to create a thin one. Consider using a glue that will allow you an extra one to two seconds to finish the desired look. 

What are the different volume lashing techniques out there?

When it comes to crafting the ideal fan, you’ve got a bunch of lash fanning techniques to pick from! Just like when you’re learning anything new, it’s cool to experiment a bit and see which fanning technique suits you best. Check out our top 3 fanning techniques and how you can use them to nail those perfect fans for your clients!

Lonely Fan Method

Wondering how to make volume fans for beginners? The answer is the lonely fan method. The lonely fan volume lashing technique is when you separate the desired number of eyelashes from the rest, repositioning and sticking them further down the strip. Using the tip of your volume tweezers, gently roll the lashes outward to form an attractive fan. Securely grasp the fan, dip it in glue, and attach it to a natural lash. It’s the easiest and most beginner-friendly approach. This technique creates a flatter base, making it suitable for attaching lashes to the top or bottom.

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Lonely fan method is one of the easiest and most beginner-friendly approaches

Step 1: 

To begin, delicately pick up the appropriate number of lashes using your tweezers. It’s crucial to ensure that the lashes are tightly collected during this step. Once you have the lashes in your grasp, carefully separate them from the strip, keeping them organized and distinct from the other lashes on the strip.

Step 2: 

Place them back on the strip, but make sure they are positioned away from the rest of the lashes. This arrangement allows for better control and precision during the fan-making process.

Step 3:

With the point of your tweezers, gently press on the bottom of the fan to spread out the lashes. This step allows you to customize the fan to your desired volume and ensures that the lashes are equidistant from each other. Take your time during this step to achieve the perfect fan.

Step 4:

Once you are satisfied with the fan’s appearance, lift it up and dip only the bottom 1 mm of the fan into glue. Be cautious not to overapply glue, as it can lead to clumping and messy application. This careful dipping ensures that the lashes are adequately secured without excess glue, resulting in a clean and professional look.

Step 5:

Finally, you can either immediately apply the lash fan to the natural lashes or choose to store it for later use.

Rolling Technique

This technique works similarly to the Lonely Fan method, except you leave your chosen lashes in the group, use tweezers, and roll the lashes to the side to form a fan! 

This technique is excellent for connecting the fan to the side of the natural lash because it will produce a more “stacked” base.

Pinch Method

The pinching method involves lifting your lash cluster fully off the strip and pinching the bottoms together with your fingers at the root. 

It may seem straightforward, but there’s a bit of technical finesse involved to ensure you don’t end up with twisted lash bases. Start by selecting the lashes you want from the strip and holding them between your thumb and index finger at the first knuckle, using tweezers for support. As you secure the lash base between your fingers, gently release the tweezers’ grip and simultaneously pinch the base with your thumb. It’s crucial not to roll the base to prevent twisting, hence the name “pinching method.”

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how to make lash fans: Pinch Method

If you need to widen the fan, wiggle with your tweezers while maintaining the pinch with your thumb and forefinger. Once you achieve the ideal fan, firmly grasp it with your tweezers, dip it in glue, and attach it to the natural lash. While this technique may be challenging, mastering it is highly rewarding and mesmerizing to watch, making it worth a try.

This method creates a stacked base, making it well-suited for attaching to the side of the natural lash.


There you have it, lash buddies! We’ve spilled the tea on crafting killer volume lash fans, and now you’re all set to rock the lash game. Remember, it’s not about being perfect from the get-go—give yourself some room to experiment and find your groove on how to make lash fans. 

So, grab your tools, crank up your favorite tunes, and let those lashes fly! Whether you’re a pro or just starting out, enjoy the journey of creating beautiful fans that make eyes pop. Happy lashing, and may your lashes be long and your days be fab! 

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