5 Best Drugstore Eyeliners for Tightlining

    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 can give your eye makeup a much more professional and pulled together look. Click through for my top tips on how to tightline and the 5 best drugstore eyeliners for the job! | Slashed Beauty

    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:

    Tightlining can give your eye makeup a much more professional and pulled together look. Click through for my tightlining tips & why these 5 liners are the best for the job! | Slashed Beauty

    1 // NYC HD Automatic Eyeliner
    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!



      • I’m 62 as well and my mom showed me how to do this at 16. She had been doing it for years. It ‘s not such a new thing. Only thing new is different formula liners

    1. Really nice job and great your article post i like your article nice information i never apply eye liner properly but i follow your eyeliner tutorial i apply proper thanks for sharing.

    2. I have been trying to get this down. Since I learnt not to flinch, blink excessively and hold still while doing my eye makeup, it really helped. I now use the ELF pushup eyeliner brush and that works pretty well since the sharp tip of pencils scare me. For the waterproof problem, Linda Halberg suggested waterproof mascara but it kinda irritates my eye. The gold looks fab on you 🙂 -Sadaf

    3. I cannot, for the life of me, gun to my head, tightline. Not only do I look like a complete idiot when doing it, I ALWAYS manage to stab myself in the eye. The 2 times I didn’t blind myself, it was a hot mess. You could still see my skin and as soon as I blinked a couple times, the eyeliner went all over my bottom water line.

      • Don’t worry, Isa, it took me FOREVER to finally get it down and I swear I still look like a crazy person when I do it 😛 One way that I like to do it if my eye is feeling super twitchy is by angling the pencil up under my lashes, basically closing my eye and then running the pencil back and forth. Give it a try!


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