How to Tightline your Eyes
Tightlining is one of my favourite eye-lining techniques. It gives great definition but still looks subtle and natural, plus it also makes your lashes look thicker. It is great for all eye shapes especially those with hooded eyelids because it doesn’t take up any lid space. Not to mention it doesn’t require a precision application unlike winged eyeliner. It is also a great technique to use before applying false lashes as you won’t end up with a gap in between the band of the false lashes and the base of your natural lashes.
Tightlining is done by applying your eyeliner in between your eyelashes instead of above them.
You will need: Either a flat eyeliner brush with gel eyeliner (I like Essence Gel Eyeliner) or a three dot liner like Too Faced Three Way Lining Lash Tool (a budget friendly version is ELF Essential Triple Tip Waterproof Eyeliner Pen but try and wear the tip down a bit on the back of your hand first otherwise it will be too firm and hurt your eyes!) To finish off the look use a mascara. I’m using Maybelline The Rocket Mascara (I find the formula a touch clumpy but it still gives great length & volume. My other favourites are: Benefit They’re Real, Smashbox Hyperlash and Covergirl Lash Blast Clump Crusher)
Using a gel eyeliner and a flat brush:
Step 1: Start off with your clean eye. I prefer to do my eyes before my face makeup and for the tightlining technique I do my eyeliner before my eyeshadow.
Step 2: Take your flat liner brush with gel eyeliner and gently lift up your eyelid so that your lash line is exposed. Then with your brush gently “push and wiggle” it in-between your lashes.
Step 3: Your lash line should be more defined, I find with the gel eyeliner technique some liner can end up on your eyelid so take a cotton tip with some eye makeup remover to clean off any mistakes if necessary. You may also need to clean off any eyeliner from your waterline with a cotton tip or it will transfer to your lower lash line.
Step 4: Add a good coat of mascara remembering to wiggle the wand back and forth at the very base of your lashes so you catch every lash.
Using a 3 dot liquid liner:
Step 1: Start off with your clean eye.
Step 2: Either lift your eyelid up so your lash line is exposed or look into a mirror and align the liner so that you can easily dot in between each of your lashes.
Step 3: Continue doting the liner in-between your lashes until you get to the inner corner of your eye.
Step 4: Your lash line will now be more defined and your lashes will look thicker. You may need to clean off any eyeliner from your waterline with a cotton tip or it will transfer to your lower lash line.
Step 5: Add a coat of mascara and you’re done!
Which method works best?
Both techniques will produce around the same result; however the gel eyeliner will generally give a thicker result.The product is quite thick so it will stick to your lashes; this means that when you apply mascara you will get an even thicker looking lash. The three dot liquid liner method will give you more precision and will allow you to get in between the lashes better. I find that the three dot method is much easier to use than the gel eyeliner and is basically fool proof.