Tightlining; it’s the eyeliner hack that has spawned hundreds of tutorial videos already and though the name doesn’t necessarily sound too glam, it’s likely that you’ve actually been tightlining your eyeliner this whole time.

So what actually is ‘tightlining’? Well, it’s a savvy eyeliner technique that make-up artists have been using since the 80s, tightlining is just like waterlining (drawing your eyeliner along your eye’s waterline), but just on the upper lashes instead.As the liner is on the inside of the lashes (and often squidged between the gaps too), it’s hidden from plain sight, giving the impression of fuller, thicker eyelashes and wider awake eyes, without any obvious make-up.

The trick is especially handy if you have small or hooded eyes which can look a bit OTT with heavy liner, or if you need a quick way of intensifying your existing eye make-up to better define your eyes.

So how do you do it? We’ve broken it all down, step-by-step.


Hold your pencil, pen or brush with the hand you have most control with, and using the other gently lift your lid upwards, so that you have better access to the inner lashline. Then, gently go for it. It’s a good idea to stop and start if you find that your eyes water, or that you need to blink. Line a little, stop and blink, then line a little more.The real beauty of tighlining is that you can keep building the look until you’re happy, without things getting too much too quickly. If you want it to be an especially subtle look, try just applying the liner to the outer corners, rather that all the way across.

Clean up any smudges with a cotton bud dipped in a gentle eye make-up remover, and you’re good to go!

Source: Marie Claire
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