The tightline technique: Your waterline’s new BFF

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  • Friday, August 23, 2019
The tightline technique: Your waterline’s new BFF
The tightline technique: Your waterline’s new BFF

Only you. That’s the aim of the fresh-faced ‘no makeup’ makeup look. But what about eye makeup? How can you use eyeliner to enhance your eyes without looking too heavily made up?


In this eyeliner tutorial, we’re looking at tightlining. This simple eyeliner technique helps to define your eyes and make your lashes look fuller and thicker at the base, while still maintaining a completely natural effect. Tightliner involves using eyeliner on your upper and lower waterline, on the very inside of your eye. It’s a little tricky to get it right and may feel awkward at first, but the result is really useful for everyday makeup.


1. Choose your eyeliner


If you’re going to be tightlining, a cream or gel eyeliner is your best option. Liquid eyeliners or eyeliner pens don’t work well on the waterline as they are too wet and can get messy. We love Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion, a creamy black eyeliner with incredible waterproof staying power. Or, try L’Oreal Infallible Crayon in Back to Black - the gel formula of this product is highly pigmented, long lasting and is also waterproof.


2. Line your upper lashes

This is the most challenging part of the tightliner technique because it will feel strange to apply eyeliner to your upper lash line. However, it’s not actually difficult. Pull your eyelid up with your finger, and apply eyeliner beneath your lashes, on the lash line between your eyelashes and your eye (as opposed to on top of your eyelid). Use soft, short strokes to coat the waterline in eyeliner. Tip: angle your mirror so that you are looking down into it.


The tightline technique: Your waterline’s new BFF


3. Line your lower lashes


Use the same technique to apply eyeliner to your lower lashline. You will probably find this much easier on your bottom lashes. Remember to be very careful and gentle!


Complete the natural look with a coat of lash-doubling Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara and a slick of nude lipstick or lipgloss, and you’re good to go!


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