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Do You Need A License To Become A Lash Artist?

The absolute first thing you need to know when starting your own beauty business is what the required certifications are in your state. Correct licensing is so important for all aspects of your business, from purchasing insurance to registering your business. The overall process can seem intimidating for new lash artists, so today I wanted to break down the basics of what you need to know to keep your business above board. 

First of all, licensing and certification are two completely different things. A license is a legal designation given once certain requirements have been met (like an education program, certain number of hours of experience, and an exam). Typically you get licensed through State Cosmetology, Aesthetics, and/or Barbering Board. 

Certification has fewer requirements, and is usually acquired in less time. Certificates of Completion are provided by private lash educators once you complete their training program, and you can start lashing once you have completed one of these programs. The Certificate of Completion confirms that you have learned all the material, and have met the specific course’s completion requirements such as case studies, model work, etc. Some training institutes do however have enrollment requirements, and could include previous cosmetologist or esthetician license through the Cosmetology/Aesthetics/Barbering Board.

You will find that most places have few restrictions regulating lash educators, and relaxed standards for artists. This is why searching for an experienced lash educator offering comprehensive courses is so important. 

A few things to consider:

  • How long is the course? (Beginner courses are typically 2-3 days long, but longer is even better)
  • Is the curriculum in-depth? (Covers a wide range of topics such as: products, allergies, eye conditions, health and sanitation practices, cyanoacrylate science, proper lash bonding, troubleshooting common issues, client consultation, eye mapping techniques, extension and product knowledge, etc.)
  • Is there support after taking the course?
  • Is there an assessment?
  • How long has the instructor been performing eyelash extensions? What are the qualifications that make them a strong instructor? (Keep in mind that many artists are great at lashing, but are not as skilled at teaching.)
  • Is there a full kit that includes quality products from reputable brands?
  • Is there a practical portion for hands-on practice on a live model?
  • Does the instructor or training program have good reviews from lash artists you know?


My biggest piece of advice when it comes to your education, certification, and licensing is not to rush into it. Take your time doing research, getting reviews, and figuring out what you need to conduct business in your state. You want to make sure that you don't end up paying a huge fee to find that the training program fell short. Spend time looking into everything that you will need to kickstart your new career - whether it be licensing, certification, insurance, business license, etc. If you need help sorting all of this out, I'm here for you! You can book a business call with me anytime using this link


I also recommend checking out ASCP for all your business insurance needs. This link gets you 20% off your membership!


For more lash artist resources, be sure to also check out this blog



Eve Mitchell - July 12, 2022

It’s good to know that in order to become a lash tech, you might need a cosmetology degree. My daughter is hoping to become a cosmetologist. I’m hoping that she can find a good program for it.

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