If you are a makeup newbie, you may be wondering, “What the heck is tightlining and why is everyone talking about it?” I’m here with the answers. Tightlining is an eyeliner technique in which you line your upper waterline to enhance your eyes and create a fuller, wide-eyed look. By placing the eyeliner right into the lash line of your top lashes, you create an illusion of dark, dense lash roots.
This trick has been used backstage by professional makeup artists for years now, and it’s the secret to slaying any eye makeup look. After all, it’s called ‘invisible eyeliner’ for a reason. Read on to find out how you can master the art of tightlining to make your peepers pop.
Why Should I Try Tightlining?
If you are someone with hooded eyes or eyes that tend to look droopy with that visible band of traditional eyeliner, tightlining is great for you. It is also an ideal technique for all you low-maintenance gals who don’t like looking too made-up and only want subtle definition.
And if you love a good old smokey-eye, this trick is an incredible way to intensify the look.
Here’s a simple tutorial to guide you through the process of tightlining and leave you with bigger, more twinkly eyes.
How To Tightline Your Eyes
What You Need
- Eye primer
- Angled eyeliner brush
- Black gel liner or black eyeshadow
- Eyelash curler
Step By Step Tutorial With Pictures
Step 1: Prep Your Eyes
Before you begin, make sure your hands and face are squeaky clean. Apply a pea-sized amount of eye primer all over your lids. This will ensure your eyeliner stays in place, and your makeup does not fade through the day. Allow the primer to dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Cover Up Any Dark Circles
Choose your favorite concealer in a color that is no more than one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. Dab the formula over your dark circles, allow it to sit for a moment (your body heat makes it easier to work with), and gently blend it out. You can use a bit of translucent powder to set the concealer.
Step 3: Tightline Your Upper Waterline
Dip a damp, angled eyeliner brush into a black eyeshadow or a gel liner. Make sure the bristles of your brush are coated with just enough pigment.
Hold your upper lid in place with the help of a Q-tip, raise your chin and look back a little. This will help you see what’s going on. Alternatively, you can look down in a mirror and push the shadow in between your lashes.
Hold your brush vertically and wiggle its tip gently into the top waterline. Remember, your objective is to make your lashes appear fuller and lush – so, apply the liner anywhere you have lashes.
Step 4: Define Your Lower Lash Line
Repeat the previous step on your lower lash line, pushing the pigment underneath your lashes. Start from the outer corner and tightline only about half to two-thirds of your lashline. This tiny step helps your eyes look way bigger.
Step 5: Clean Up Any Mess
Use a Q-tip dipped in a water-based makeup remover to clean up any smudges or errors. Once your liner has set, curl your lashes and apply a generous coat of volumizing mascara. Lush lashes all the way!
Here’s what the end result looks like:
Now that you understand how tightlining works and how easy it is to do, you are probably filled with awe. Yup, this super subtle tweak to your eye makeup can change everything! Whether you want to just try out this technique or fully commit to it, these tightlining tips are bound to come in handy for you.
5 Tips To Tightline Like A Pro
1. Choose Your Eyeliner Wisely
Tightlining involves applying eyeliner close to your eyeball, so make sure you choose a waterproof formula. You can choose between a pencil eyeliner, a cream, or even a gel formula. For a more natural look, try to use a color that matches your eyelash color.
Note: Steer clear of liquid eyeliners. They aren’t meant for tightlining.
2. Focus On The Roots
Tightlining is all about your roots. Make sure you get the eyeliner as close to the roots of your lashes as possible.
3. Gotta Curl Those Lashes
Ladies, tightlining is kind of incomplete without the curl. You need to curl your lashes well if you want to open up your eyes and achieve the maximum tightline effect. And don’t forget to add mascara.
4. Don’t Pick Anything But Waterproof Products
Always, always go for a waterproof eyeliner. This will ensure your tightline stays put throughout the day, no matter how watery your eyes get.
5. Take Care Of Your Lashes
Your lashes are precious. Tightlining can cause the lashes to fall out if you aren’t careful while applying eyeliner or curling your lashes. Apply some castor oil or a lash serum before you hit the bed to maintain the health of your lashes.
The beauty world is presently obsessed with the ‘no-makeup’ makeup look. And tightlining is a true winner out here for its unique ability to create the illusion of darker, fuller lashes and adding natural definition to your eyes. What do you think about this ‘invisible eyeliner’ technique? Is it something that you see yourself doing? Let us know in the comments section below.
Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions
How do I safely remove my tightline eyeliner?
Use either a cotton pad dipped in some eye makeup remover or a Q-tip with some Vaseline on it to remove the liner from between your lashes.
Is tightlining bad for your eyes?
No, tightlining is not bad for your eyes. However, it’s a little risky if you are not careful with your eye pencil or brush, considering they can slip into your eye and cause damage. You only need to be careful, and it gets easier with practice.