Tightlining may sound complex, but it’s essentially as simple as applying eyeliner to the base of (or in between) the lashes instead of drawing an obvious band across the top lash line. Because it focuses on the roots of the lashes and fills in any gaps in the lash line, it makes lashes appear fuller, while subtly accentuating your peepers. Before you jump to it and run the risk of stabbing your eye out with your favourite kohl pencil, here are some pointers:
Do curl your lashes
Start by using an eyelash curler to really open up your eyes and enhance the effect of tightlining. You can also curl your lashes again after you have applied liner, but make sure it’s dry first to avoid smudging.
Do make the skin taut
Position a mirror on a flat surface and look down into it. Use your non-dominant hand to gently pull up the skin of your lid by the eyebrow and use your other hand to really get the product into the roots of your lashes.
Don’t do traditional, do waterproof
Whether you prefer kohl, gel or liquid liner, one thing’s for sure – a waterproof formula is the way to go because it’ll prevent the liner from migrating down your cheeks come midday. Our eyes tend to tear up and, because the liner sits right in the waterline in the case of tightlining, you’ll need to invest in a waterproof product. We love the budge-proof Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencils because they were formulated especially for this kind of precision liner work.
Hold the liner brush (dipped in gel) or the tip of your kohl/liquid liner vertically and move the tip from side to side into the top waterline. Start from the outer corner and wiggle as you move to the inner corner of your eye. Focus on all the areas where you have lashes, filling in any gaps between them. If you have a shaky hand, create little dots between your lashes for a similar, lash-boosting effect.
Don’t go overboard
Remember, it’s always easier to add more liner afterwards than to try remove excess product. The point of tightlining is to make it look like you aren’t wearing any eyeliner, but if you do accidentally overdo it, use a cotton bud dipped in a little makeup remover, such as L'Oréal Paris Gentle Eye Make-up Remover, to clean up any smudges.
Tightlining is a great way to cheat your way to luscious-looking lashes and wide-awake eyes without adding the weight of excessive product. Finish with a few coats of Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara and you’re ready to wow