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How do I get certified to do eyelash extensions in Illinois?

In the state of Illinois, there are steps to take to be a legitimate lash artist/lash tech.

Read below to find out what you need to do in order to start your lash artist journey.

  1. ENROLL IN ESTHETIC SCHOOL: Esthetician licensure in the state of Illinois is regulated by the Illinois Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding, and Nail Technology Board. To become a licensed skin care professional, Illinois requires completion of a licensed esthetics program consisting of 750 hours of training and successfully passing the written and practical examinations for esthetician licensure.

If you are an aspiring lash artist in Illinois who wants to start your career in the esthetics industry, finding a reputable school with a dynamic esthetics program is a great first step!

Training hours required from a licensed esthetics school/program: 750

Renewal CEU hours: Estheticians are required to fulfill 10 CEU hours every 2 years, and Instructors are required to fulfill 20 hours every 2 years.



4. FIND A REPUTABLE LASH COURSE: This is huge! With all the options out there it is so important to find a reputable course. We pride ourselves on our course because we are licensed instructors and know how to run a class, stay on track, and hit all our course objectives. We include two full days of in-depth theory since this is the fundamental you need to move on to volume techniques. Our class also includes refresher courses which allow you to come back on model day to practice more! No other courses do this. Our course also includes an exclusive discount on Lash Affair products. We will allow you to take our lash course once you are enrolled in an esthetician or cosmetologist program.


Who can do lashes in Illinois+ Indiana+ Michigan + Wisconsin?

Illinois- Cosmetologist, Esthetician

Indiana- Cosmetologist or Esthetician or trained by a recognized program. Indiana's rule for eyelash extension specialists stipulates that nonlicensed estheticians and cosmetologists wishing to perform the application of eyelash extensions to the public in Indiana must obtain a certification of training for the application of eyelash extensions from a program recognized by the Indiana Department.

Michigan- Cosmetologist, Esthetician

Wisconsin- No Regulations

How much do lash artists make?

Eyelash extension technicians make an average salary of $46,269 per year, $3,856 per month, or $890 per week in the United States. The wage for lash techs in the United States is $22.24 per hour. The top earners (90th percentile) make $104,000 or more per year.

Can I learn Lash Extensions without a class?

Becoming a certified lash tech requires training, of course. But don't worry, eyelash extension training is the best decision you can make when choosing the right course. This is somewhere you do not want to skimp on. Education will create a confident artist. There are people who will charge cheap for a course but will only skim over theory. You do not want a course like this. You will end up having to take a second course which is a story we hear from students time and time again. You want the fundamental information that will leave you feeling confident in starting your journey.

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