“For me, it is not about what side is better – it is always going to be about consistency. If I know one side needs work, I am going to keep training until I see the results that I want, until I achieve the results that my clients desire. Good lashes take time and I am going to continue to hone my craft until I can enhance the beauty surrounding your eyes.”
- Dianne Hong, founder of Shades Lashes
Behind the Lashes
Shades Lashes was founded on the belief that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, that the true essence of beauty is, and continues to be, diverse. What makes each of us unique are our distinctive features.
For me, lashing is a way to compliment who you are. It is a way to showcase your confidence and your persona. Our artistry and technique are intended to enhance the depth and captivity of your eyes, shading away any imperfections that you may see. My goal is to empower both your beauty within and throughout.
Shades of Experience
I have been intrigued with make up and fashion for as long as I can remember. In 2008, I graduated from the Marvel Beauty School having studied aesthetics and then moved on to work for one of the largest retail stores in North America, Aritzia. While there, I was fortunate enough to work with women of all ethnicities and assist customers in embracing various different styles. The way these women carried themselves, the stories that they shared, the vulnerability that they showed, all broadened my understanding of what constitutes "beauty".
I found that whether it be our clothes, our hair, or the make up that we wear, every little detail was important to how we wanted to present ourselves. It is meant to compliment who we are. If I could just help someone with just one aspect of this, I was content. That is when I discovered lashing...
- February 2016 – The Beauty House – Classic Eyelash Extensions
- December 2016 - Borboleta - Advanced Course
- May 2017 - Lashmakers - Volume Master Class – taught by world renowned artist Elena Asher
- December 2017 – Maven Artistry - Volume Master Class - had the privilege of learning from one of the most skilled educators, Trina Dial
- May 2018 – Bordeaux – Mega Volume Class and Bordeaux Trainer Course – under the tutelage of Nelly Soimina; now a Licensed Bordeaux Trainer
Beyond the Extensions
Over the past few years, I have learned that what makes a great lash artist is not just one’s technique but rather, the combination of technique and tools. I strongly believe that the best tools are needed to deliver the best results. And while there are a lot of great products currently available, I wanted to make my own contribution to the lash world.
I am happy to announce that after some extensive research and development, Shades Lashes has a few products meant to enhance the lashing experience. Every item showcased has been personally tested and tried before being placed on the market. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them!
Also, having had the privilege of learning from some of the most high-profile lash educators across the globe (mentioned above), this has inspired me to become an educator myself.
Currently based in Toronto, Canada, I would like to pass along the knowledge that I have acquired to those who may be curious about a career in eyelash extensions. I hope to one day become as inspiring as the mentors I have met.