Black Magic~the ins and outs

You’ve just purchased Black Magic Lash Adhesive, so how do you use it?

Storing Black Magic:

Once your Black Magic arrives, store it UNOPENED in the fridge until you are ready to open it for the first time and use it!  Black Magic is good for up to 1 year in the fridge.  Once you open your Black Magic, it is good for anywhere from 4-7 weeks.  You will know when it is time to throw your Black Magic away once either the bottle is empty, or if the consistency becomes too thick/ goopy when you try to squeeze out a fresh drop. This is a sign that your bottle has been opened and exposed to the humidity of the air too much and that it needs to be thrown away and replaced with a fresh bottle!

Once opened, store Black Magic at room temperature (in a cooler room) in a dry and airtight environment with silica.  Storing Black Magic in the Plumerian Black Shield container with color-changing silica is best to maintain the freshness of your adhesive and protect it from excess humidity in the air.  Silica packets aid by absorbing the humidity from their environment, but is only functional until it has become saturated with humidity.  Our color-changing silica packets change from orange to green once they have become saturated with humidity, letting you know when it is time to order some fresh silica to keep your adhesive fresh at all times.


Opening Black Magic:

For starters, you need to open your Black Magic lash adhesive! Depending on how a particular adhesive batch was processed, some are sealed with a sealant product just inside the tip of the nozzle and some are sealed with an airtight sealing of the lid itself and do not have any sealant product inside the tip of the nozzle. Once you unscrew the lid of Black Magic you will be able to tell if a sealant product was used if you are unable to squeeze out a drop of adhesive straight away.

Once you unscrew your Black Magic adhesive lid, take one of the pins provided in the packaging with your adhesive and use this to pierce the inside of the nozzle to break through the sealant product and open up the spout of the nozzle so that the adhesive can be expelled.  This pin may LOOK like a sort of lid, but please do NOT use the pin for any purpose besides initially opening your adhesive bottle or to unclog it if it becomes clogged.  This pin will NOT create the air-tight seal that Black Magic requires to stay fresh.  Always screw on the original lid to Black Magic as soon as possible after each new drop is expelled during the lashing process.


Shaking Black Magic:

So now your Black Magic is OPEN! What you must do next is to vigorously SHAKE your adhesive for approx. 60 seconds.  When we say vigorously, we mean vigorously!  You should be able to hear the adhesive slosh back and forth from the top to the bottom of the bottle and it should sound very loose/ watery when shaken, as Black Magic has a very thin consistency.


Using Black Magic:

Next, unscrew your lid and tip your bottle over and very gently squeeze the sides to allow the desired 1-3 drops to drip out and on to your work station.  Then, bring your bottle upright once again and use an adhesive wipe to wipe around the nozzle if any excess adhesive spills over the edges at this time.  Then firmly screw the lid back on and store your adhesive in an air-tight environment.  The Plumerian Black Shield is a great storage container to keep your adhesive away from excess moisture in the environment.

So how often do you use a new drop of Black Magic as you lash? Will 1 drop be enough for a lash fill, or even a full set!? ABSOLUTELY NOT!  Sorry guys, a drop of this adhesive will just not last that long.  Black Magic has a very fast curing time of 0.5-1 second and a very thin consistency.  The time before needing a new adhesive drop will depend on the humidity in your lash room.  As a general rule, the higher the humidity, the more frequently you will need to use a fresh drop.  The lower the humidity, the less frequently you will need to use a fresh drop.  As a general timeline, expect to replace your adhesive drop every 7-15 minutes. How will you know when to change it?  Do we set a timer every 10 minutes and change it then? NOPE! You need to gauge based on the properties of the Black Magic drop.  Is the drop starting to feel “sticky” when you dip your lash fan into it?  Are your bases starting to become a little boxy and not so tight and rounded anymore?  Is your drop starting to appear slightly more opaque (dull) instead of shiny black?  These are all subtle signs that you need a new adhesive drop! The moral of the story is- don’t cheap out on your adhesive! This will only make your job a lot harder and could also end up negatively impacting your client’s retention.


Environment for Black Magic:

What environment does Black Magic thrive in for lashing? Temperature-wise, Black Magic likes 18-30 degrees Celsius and Humidity wise, Black Magic likes 40-65% humidity.  Don’t know the temp and humidity in your lash room?  We highly suggest getting a small battery-powered humidity reader that also displays the temperature in your lash room.  These are often $10-15 or less and easily purchased on Amazon.  Trust us, the thermostat and humidity reader for your home will NOT accurately determine the precise conditions within the lashing room in your house.  We recommend getting a separate unit for this.

Do you find your humidity level is too low in your lash room?  Is it taking too long for Black Magic to dry and/or are you finding that you are frequently needing to un-stick lashes from neighboring lashes that are boding together while you lash? This can very easily be rectified by getting a humidifier for your lash room! We are located in Calgary, Canada where the humidity gets down to as low as 15% in the wintertime.  So we get it!  A humidifier is a MUST!  We turn ours on for 1-2 hours on HIGH prior to a client coming for an appointment.  This timing will vary depending on what humidity you are starting with and the humidity level that you love to work at the most that you are aiming for!

Is humidity too high? This will be less possible when using Black Magic.  Black Magic LOVESSSS humidity and we have personally used Black Magic in as high as 70% and find that it really thrives in these high humidity conditions.  However, if you find that your humidity really is too high, then you can consider getting a de-humidifier.

Temperature range is always a question we get and have difficulties answering due to the adaptability of Black Magic!  Assuming that you are lashing in a HOUSE and not in the freezing outdoor temperatures in Canada or the scorching outdoor temperatures in Australia, assume that your temperature will be fine.  We have lashed in conditions that are anywhere from 17-35 degrees Celsius with minimal impact on its performance.  As you get up into the higher temperatures, you may notice that your adhesive drop will get tacky or sticky more often than usual, perhaps up to twice as often you may need to use a new adhesive drop while lashing.


Aftercare of Black Magic:

So now you are done lashing, so now what? Do you nanomist?  So here’s the deal with nanomisting, we have done tons of sets with and without the use of nanomisting following a set and have found there to be no added benefit to using a nanomister following the completion of a set.  In fact, we find it is actually easier to incorrectly use a nanomister than it is to correctly use one.  Correct use is to hold the mister 30cm away from your client’s face and lightly mist from above.  The idea is that this added moisture will activate the curing process of the adhesive quicker.

However, when we hold the mister 30cm away, it is difficult to physically SEE the mister particles reaching the lashes (even though they are).  So what do we naturally do? We move the mister much closer to our client’s lashes, thinking this will be more effective.  But often this leads to shock polymerization of the adhesive which can cause it to become brittle, thus leading to poor retention of the extensions to the natural lash.  And the worst part is that we can’t even tell that we are doing this… So our recommendation? Is to skip the misting, Black Magic already cures fast enough to not need this added step that is all too often done incorrectly.

What about getting the lashes wet right after application?  I’m sure we all saw those Instagram videos trending last year with the post-lash appt lash baths! There is just something that seems so wrong about getting a perfectly fresh and fluffy lash set all wet and clumpy, so we can’t say we are advocates for this practice.  We would say it is safe for a client to shower after a couple of hours post lash appt, as Black Magic would be more than cured by then.

Lash Removals

This photo represents a full lash removal in progress using Black Magic Eraser ~ our lash adhesive remover…

No matter what the reason for your client wanting all of their lash extensions removed, there is a very simple procedure for removing them.

Step 1 ~ Apply microfoam tape beneath your client’s eyes, over their bottom lashes. Refer to our “Why use Microfoam Tape” blog for information on how to do this.

Step 2 ~ Use 2 micro swabs and scoop enough of your lash adhesive remover to generously coat around the base of the lash extensions. Avoid getting the adhesive remover on your client’s skin and remind your client to keep their eyes tightly closed during the entire removal process.

Step 3 ~ Wait approx 10+ minutes before attempting to remove any extensions. Allow the adhesive remover time to break down the adhesive!

Step 4 ~ Use the 2 micro swabs to gently grasp the extensions and slide them away from you and off of the natural lash. If any extensions give resistance and pull at your client’s lash line, leave them for a few minutes longer before trying again.

Step 5 ~ Once you have removed all the extensions you can, if there are any stubborn ones left, you can re-apply some Black Magic Eraser and wait an additional 3-5 minutes before using the micro swabs to slide them off.

Step 6 ~ If there are any extensions STILL being stubborn, at this stage you can use your tweezers and use the isolation tweezers to grasp the natural lash at the base, and use the volume tweezers to grasp the extension and peel it downwards and towards you (in the manner of peeling a banana).

Step 7 ~ Once ALL extensions have been removed, its time to clean that remover off of your client’s lashes. If you attempt to use a cleanser and water and remove the Black Magic Eraser from your client’s lashes while they are laying down ~ chances are VERY high that the remover will seep into their eyes, creating great discomfort and a burning sensation (don’t forget that adhesive remover is strong enough to break down lash adhesive… take it from us and our personal experience… that stuff does NOT feel very good if it gets into your eye!!).

~ We recommend actually leading your client (with their eyes closed) to your lash sink that should be nearby. Remove the microfoam beneath your client’s eyes at this time and give them a face cloth and a lash cleanser and have them actually wash their own eyes. In the 397402 times we have had clients remove Black Magic Eraser in this manner, we have had ZERO cases where they got the remover in their eyes. Remind them to use the face cloth and rub their lashes firmly as adhesive remover can sometimes be stubborn and want to cling to the bases of their lashes.

VOILA! Your client’s lashes have been removed! This entire process typically takes anywhere from 20-45 minutes and will not damage your client’s natural lashes in any way.

Be cautious if you are planning to apply a full set of extensions following a full removal in this manner. If your client has sensitive eyes, doing a full removal and then a full set can be quite irritating and that is a long time for them to be laying with their eyes closed. The sclera (or whites) of their eyes can commonly become reddened and/or sore ~ but not to worry, this will resolve without any intervention within 24-48 hours and is NOT indicative of an allergic reaction.

Want to try out our Black Magic Eraser ~ lash adhesive remover??

Lash Retention 101

Have you been struggling with lash retention?


Give this article a read to make sure you are doing all the right things to ensure you are getting the best retention you can!

A new client comes to see you. Whether it’s a full set or a fill, we recommend that you always WASH your client’s lashes with an eyelash cleanser before you begin! Tinyyy Bubbles contains ingredients that aid in removing your client’s stubborn makeup and is pH balanced so it is gentle on the eyes.


So how do you cleanse your client’s lashes? Dispense a few pumps of Tinyyy Bubbles into the lid of its container. Next, use a small fluffy brush and scoop the cleanser out of the lid and gently massage it into your client’s lash line where the extensions adhere to the natural lash.

Then, use Re-Nu which is a contact solution and tip your client’s head to the left and to the right and pour the solution over each eye to rinse all the cleanser off. Make sure you are holding a facecloth to your client’s outer eye region so that the Re-Nu can run over the eye and on to the cloth! Pat the lashes dry following.


Re-Nu contact solution can be purchased at any superstore or pharmacy and functions as a PRIMER for the lashes. The thing about adhesives is… they love to bond to a humid base. By rinsing/ saturating the lashes with Re-Nu prior to application, you add humidity to the lashes, which Black Magic just LOVES to bond on to! This creates a strong ionic bond and will assist in giving your client great retention!

Be aware of companies trying to sell you fancy eyelash primers. Many of these primers have ingredients containing alcohol which will DRY out the natural lash. Adhesives like moisture remember? So using a drying primer will not do your retention any good…

Now that we are ready to lash, make sure that your environment is optimal. Do NOT ever do lashes with a ceiling fan running over your workspace. This overhead circulation of air will only work against you as it will dry the adhesive at the end of each of your extension fans prior to their application on the natural lash. Unfortunately, the extension WILL usually still adhere to the natural lash (giving you a false sense of hope!), but the bond will be very weak and your extensions will likely fall off within a week or two.

Be aware of any other circulation of air in your lash room as well. If it is very hot in your room, consider having a fan or air-con that is positioned in such a way that you can not actually feel the flow of air at your work station.

Also, try to control the humidity in your lash room. The smaller the room, the easier it will be to control your environment. The most optimal lashing humidity level is ~45-65% when using Black Magic. if your environment is outside of those parameters, consider using a HUMIDIFIER or DEHUMIDIFIER. Black Magic has been trialed personally by us in environments as low as 25% in Canada and as high as 68% in Australia. In lower humidity levels, you may find that the lashes want to stick to each other, so it is important to keep checking and ensure all are perfectly isolated at all times until they have time to cure.

In order to keep your Black Magic working as optimally as possible, make sure that you are placing a new drop-in your adhesive tray bubbles every 10-15 minutes. You will be required to place a new drop more often the higher the humidity levels are in your lash room as humidity CURES the adhesive faster. An UNOPENED bottle of Black Magic is good in the Fridge for 1 year and opened at room temperature for 4-7 weeks! Make sure that you always put the original LID back on your Black Magic that it came with on- the little orange cap in your box is only meant to de-clog the opening of your adhesive but should NEVER be used as a lid!


Now that you are prepared to start lashing, make sure that you have isolated your chosen natural lash BEFORE dipping the lash extension in your Black Magic lash adhesive. This way, your lash fan will not have time to cure prematurely prior to placing it on the natural lash, given that it’s cure time is 0.5-1 second.

Hold the extension fan so that it dips straight into the adhesive drop perpendicularly. Dip the extension in 1-2mm and lift straight out with an even motion so that no BEAD forms at the end of the extension. If you end up with a bead, dip your fan into the adhesive again and withdraw it slower so that the bead slides off.

Do not SWIPE your extension on anything prior to placement on the natural lash- place it on the natural lash straight away! (which should already be isolated and ready). For example, do not do the common (and incorrect) practice of swiping the extension on your client’s under-eye pads (microfoam tape) prior to placement. By swiping the extension, the adhesive will be drawn off the fan in an uneven motion, leaving small (and not visible) areas of patchy dryness. This will also cause your fans to appear adhered to the natural lash but cause them to fall off within a week or two because of this weak (and UNEVEN) bond.


Once you have placed your extension fan on the natural lash… DO NOT MOVE IT! Do not slide or wiggle or move that lash fan anywhere. By manipulating the lash fan after placement, the movement is actually breaking down the bond that the adhesive was going to have with the natural lash! Again- it will seem like your fan is stuck on there because superficially it will be… but your retention will only be a week or two as these fans will prematurely fall off 🙁

Be cautious about nano-misters following lash application! If held too close to the freshly placed lashes, it can cure the adhesive TOO fast and weaken the bond of the extension with the natural lash. We don’t use nano-misters following application as we don’t find it to really benefit retention at all so it seems to be an unnecessary step that can only damage your retention if used incorrectly.

Now that you are done lashing, we suggest as aftercare for their lashes that they WASH their own lashes daily with their regular face-wash routine. Instruct them to use an OIL FREE makeup remover if they have had makeup on.

Follow these simple lash application rules and along with the help of Black Magic… you too could have retention as fabulous as the photos you see below!


Why Use Microfoam Tape?

Have you done a client’s lashes and had the sclera of their eye get RED following application?  It may look like this…

This happens when you use traditional collagen pads… But why? Because collagen pads…

  • Are not actually sticky
  • Shift when your client moves or talks
  • Are irritating to the majority of people
  • Need to be additionally secured with excess tape

So why should you make the switch to MICROFOAM??  Because microfoam…

  • Is LATEX FREE
  • Is non-irritating to EVERYONE
  • Won’t shift or slide when your client moves or talks
  • Is a lot cheaper than collagen pads

How do I apply microfoam?

  • Cut a 1.5-2 inch piece of microfoam tape
  • Start at the inner corner of the eye
  • Gently pull down your client’s skin on the inner aspect, so that the inner lashes lay down flat and stick the microfoam tape down
  • Keep one finger on the tape at the inner corner of the eye to keep it in place
  • Gently stretch the microfoam tape across your client’s eye to the outer aspect
  • Use a finger from your opposite hand (not the hand already bracing the inner corner in place) to pull down the skin on the outside corner of the eye (this functions to “straighten” the eye so the microfoam can lay flat)
  • While holding the tape in place still, ask your client to close their eyes and lift the tape on the outer aspect of the eye just enough that you can lay it back down flat without it cutting in to their outer corners at an angle

There are some important things to remember when applying microfoam…

  • Be sure to not have any part of the microfoam tape on the conjunctiva of your client’s lower lid.  This will make their eyes water!
  • It is best to initially place the microfoam tape too LOW and use small pieces of micropore tape to cover the lashes that you may have missed

So what are the microfoam options?

  • 1 inch Microfoam Tape
    • Cut off 2 inch pieces
    • Each roll contains approximately enough length to make 100 sets of 2-inch eye pads
  • 2 inch Microfoam Tape
    • Cut off ¾ – 1 inch pieces
    • Each roll contains approximately enough length to make 200+ sets of eye pads
  • 3 inch Microfoam Tape
    • Cut this tape 1 inch in to create a 1 inch roll as well as a 2 inch roll within each other
    • Cut off the appropriate 1-2 inch pieces
    • Each roll contains approximately enough length to make 100 sets of eye pads from the 1 inch roll, AND 200+ sets of eye pads from the 2 inch roll- giving you 3X the amount of product than previously available for less than 3X the price

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