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What is Waterlining?

What is Waterlining?

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Last week it was all about creating a natural pop to your eyes with tightlining. (If you missed our Beauty 101 on how to expertly line your upper lid, you can catch it here!) This week, we're teaching you everything you need to know about it's close eyeliner cousin: waterlining. 

The scoop: This technique is used on the bottom water line of your eye, on the skin between the lashes and the eye. (Many of you probably already do this!)

Why it's necessary: Just as tightlining is meant to draw attention to your peepers, waterlining makes a high-drama, sexy look that's—you guessed it—all about the eyes. This look is great for filling in sparse spots in lashes, creating a super smoky eye, and even playing around with fun eyeliner color.

How to do it: This might take a little bit of practice, but we promise it's not hard! Just be sure you're armed with a waterproof liner to start. Although you can give this a go with a pencil or liquid liner, just remember the key is in application. Stick to small strokes directly applied to the pink, watery part of your eyelid that touches the inside of your eye. Be prepared for some watery eyes! Just take it slow and make sure to cover the line completely so it looks consistent.

Shop the trend:

tarte emphasEYES Eyeliner ($19)

 tarte emphasEYES Eyeliner

The fine point of tarte's eyeliner pencil makes this a good option for getting nice and close to the waterline. And the precision of this tip make it a good option for waterlining and tightlining!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($20)

urban decay 24/7 glide-on eye pencil

With an average rating of 4.5 stars, Urban Decay's legendary 24/6 Glide-On Eye Pencil is a popular choice for eye lovers. The smooth application and creamy formula are some of the top qualities Influensters love about this top eyeliner. Plus, the color choice allows you to get creative with your look!

NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil ($4.49)

nyx jumbo eye pencil

Bargain beauties love this find. The jumbo crayon might look like a strange option for liner, but you can actually easily line the waterline with this blendable tip. Plus, you can smoke it out to get a sultry smize! And the price tag is just right, meaning it's totally acceptable to stock up on these colors.

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara ($4.49)

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

Although eyeliner is the star for this look, no makeup look is complete without mascara. Maybelline's double-ended wand contains two brush heads: one for long, lush top lashes, the other for delicate lower lashes. And the formula is waterproof, so your look will last and last!

Have you tried waterlining? What are your go-to liner products? Share with us in the comments!

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