Beauty aficionado or not, every girl should master this makeup technique for gorgeous looking eyes and lashes. Tightlining helps make your lashes appear fuller naturally and generally makes your eyes pop. It’s a simple makeup move that will become your secret technique for gorgeous eyes.
What Is Tightlining?
Tightlining is a technique where eyeliner is placed on your upper waterline, at the base of your to fill in the gaps between the lashes. It’s also known as invisible eyeliner and is a more subtle way of lining your eyes while giving some major definition.
What Do You Need to Tightline?
- An eyeliner of your choice. You can tightline with any type of liner – pencil, gel or liquid.
- A flat eyeliner brush if you’re using gel liner.
How To Tightline Your Eyes:
Step 1: Using your non-dominant hand, gently lift up your eyelid and use your pencil/brush or liquid liner along the roots of your lashes in dabs or strokes to fill in the gaps between them. If your eye starts watering, wait for a few seconds and then start again.
Step 2: Try not to blink for a few seconds to avoid it smudging. Use a q-tip to clean up any smudges. There should be no spaces between your lashes, they should appear fuller, darker and thicker.
Step 3: Curl your lashes and apply mascara.
Step 4: To tightline the lower lashline, simply line along the waterline.
Image: Mizzu Cosmetics on Instagram
A Few Things To Help Tightline
You can tilt your head backwards and angle your chin or gaze down into a mirror on a flat surface like a table so you’re looking down into it. This way you have a perfect view of the area you need to line.
Make Short Strokes
Line the roots of your eyelashes in short movements and not in one long movement to avoid irritating the eye. It is a very sensitive area after all and you don’t want your eyes to start watering.
Leave The Inner Corner
Begin tightlining from the outer corner and moving inwards. Avoid filling in the inner corner as that can make your eyes appear smaller. However, if you have wide set eyes then you should line it there to help them appear closer together.
Image: Slashed Beauty on Instagram
Products To Try
Kohls and pencil liners are a good idea as their texture is soft enough to not poke you in the eye. Black or brown eyeliners that are long-lasting and waterproof are ideal. If you prefer using a gel liner, use a small brush and avoid getting too much product on it as you want it to look as natural as possible and if you want to go liquid, then a felt tip pen is great for better precision.
Our top picks are…
Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil (Rs. 185)
Lakme Absolute Eye Artist Liquid Liner (Rs. 450)
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (Rs. 1,626)
Remember this technique could require a bit of practice, but once you master it you’ll want to do it always. It’s perfect for making your eyes look gorgeous and fits in perfectly with the no-makeup look.
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Published on Oct 30, 2015