You’ve seen his designs on the likes of BEYONCE’, RIHANNA, LALA VASQUEZ, and FERGIE, just to name a few. Now, meet the man behind the eyelash looks of your favorite starlets, eyelash designer and aficionado JA’MAAL BUSTER.
Whether you’re and over-the-top glammed out beauty queen, or a more natural type of girl, Ja’Maal’s the pro on achieving your very own eyelash look. Juicy recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the eyelash guru to discuss all things eyelashes, and Ja’Maal gives insight on what you should be mindful of when wearing lashes.
The mastermind behind JA’MAAL BUSTER LASHES dishes on how he became the go-to person for eyelashes, and why his designs are one of a kind, as well as the must-haves for all women.
JUICY: How did you make a career of focusing only on eyelashes?
JA’MAAL BUSTER: I initially got into eyelashes via a hair stylist that was doing a wedding. One of the girls there had cancer and lost all her eyelashes to chemotherapy. The stylist applied the eyelashes on her and I liked the response that he got from giving them to her. The other women getting prepared for the wedding saw them, and wanted to get their eyelashes done too. He said to me, ‘You know,I really don’t have time, Ja’Maal, can you help? And I responded “Well, I really don’t know what to do, I just watched you.” He showed me again, and I did it, and I found my niche.
JUICY: A niche turned into a business?
It was something that I enjoyed doing, and it was really great, and it looked amazing, and a lot of the women that were there at the wedding were calling me after the wedding was over, for me to do their lashes, because they liked them. So I kind of just began to grow a small business from it. Most of them were my friends, so, I would always help them with their lashes and so forth. I thought about taking it further, so I opened up a salon in Dallas, Texas which is where I’m from, that was basically dedicated to eyelashes, and I just put that in the branding, and it grew overnight.
JUICY: We’ve seen your eyelash designs on numerous starlets, who is your favorite celebrity that you’ve worked with?
JB: Wow. You know, I have so many that are my favorite. I think RIHANNA is definitely one of my favorites, because she’s ever-changing. There’s always a different lash look that fits for her era that she’s in. And you know, she’s’ so beautiful. My second would be, probably LALA VASQUEZ ANTHONY. I really enjoy working with her, she has great spirit, and great energy, and just one of the most beautiful sets of eyes I’ve ever seem; the color of her eyes are amazing. My lashes always look wonderful on her. Last but not least is BEYONCE. I love to see Beyonce’ wear my lashes because she’s so dedicated to them, that she only wears my lashes. Whenever she sees me, she always says, ‘I have on your lashes boo!’ She actually knows how to put her lashes on herself with my tool and everything – it’s just so amazing to me.
JUICY: Do you design the eyelashes you work with?
JB: Most of the eyelashes in my collection are eyelashes that I have designed in factory has made exclusively for me, and sent only to me. I alter them, tell them what I like about them and what I want to be different.
JUICY: What goes on in the design process?
JB: I sit down with my graphic artist, we sketch in Photoshop or Adobe, and it becomes an image. It’s just kind of like designing clothes. That’s why I believe that my lashes are a little bit more between fashion and beauty, versus just being beauty or cosmetics. It’s very rare that you’re going to find a lash from another brand that I carry. I alter a lot of things, I try to make my lashes be very light-weight for my clients, and offer specific designs so my lashes are unique.
JUICY: You mentioned ‘light-weight eyelashes,’ how do women avoid the “Lamb Chop” look?
JB: You can’t always want something that they see another woman with, it may not work for you. There is a type of woman that the lamb chop lash look works for. I wouldn’t want to see a soccer mom wearing the same lashes that WENDY WILLIAMS would wear on her show every day. That’s who could do like the lamb chop look. The lamb chop look lash will look great on Wendy. She’s a bigger woman, and she’s on television. The everyday woman can’t always have the same looks that the stars have. I think that’s the problem that a lot of people want what stars are wearing when they’re performing, they’re ready for the stage, on camera, and on TV. You’re in everyday life; you need to find a lash that features your lifestyle, or that goes with you.
JUICY: Some women experience lash loss when wearing, and removing false eyelashes. What are some tips for maintaining healthy eyelashes?
JB: The problem with that is that a lot of women are miseducated about wearing false lashes, or the procedure of taking care of them. They don’t realize how high-maintenance wearing lashes can be. Some women find themselves getting these lashes, but they really don’t want to keep up the maintenance. There are several different types of lashes, and adhesives, you can use that make them last longer. You have to find the right adhesive, and understand how to take care of them, they’re not all the same. And they have to be removed properly.
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