Tightlining changed my life. Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but it has dramatically stepped up my eye makeup game for sure.
If you’re not in the loop, the art of tightlining consists of applying eyeliner to your upper waterline, which is the part of your eyelid underneath your eyelashes. While it may seem like such a minimal step, it can actually give your eyes a more professional and pulled together look.
Tightlining gets rid of the space between your lashes and the whites of your eyes. This ends up making your lashes look much fuller, and your eyeliner look more precisely applied. In the photos above, literally the only difference between the two pictures is that I had tightlined in the bottom version. See how it makes my makeup look more complete?
The easiest way to tightline is to lightly lift your lid by pushing up with your finger, and gliding liner under the lashes. You can of course also apply eyeliner to your bottom waterline, although doing both the top and bottom can actually make your eyes look smaller.
The real trick to tightlining is finding the right eyeliner to get the job done. You want a formula that will glide on super easily without having to layer for good pigmentation, so you don’t irritate your eyes. Waterproof is also something you ideally want to look out for, since it will last the longest.
Five of the best drugstore eyeliners for tightlining that I’ve found are:
2 // Milani Supreme Kohl Kajal Eyeliner
3 // L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner
4 // Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Eyeliner
5 // CoverGirl Perfect Blend Eyeliner
All of these have a really easy formula that doesn’t take a lot of pressure to apply. Each one has been able to last all day on me, which is hard because my eyes are known to be watery! Aside from tightlining, these also work well on the actual lash lines, whether you like a more precise line or you want a smoky eye look, so you won’t have to switch between too many products just to finish your eyes. I’m all about that multi-tasking life, so this point is really important for me.
You definitely don’t have to stick to black when tightlining; using different colors can be a cool way to make a look more exciting. In this tutorial, I tightlined using the L’Oreal Silkissime liner in gold, and it looked so cool! You can also use nude eyeliner, or a dramatic white, to make your eyes look bigger.
If you try out tightlining, let me know how it went in the comments below!