Beauty 101: Tightlining

ByCaitlin M.

Whether you're an eye makeup pro or still struggling to master a perfectly lined look, eyeliner is probably one of the tougher products to master. That's why we're tackling tightlinging. If you're not familiar, it's a beauty technique that can help you achieve stunning, wide-awake-looking eyes in a flash. Get the full details on tightlinging and how to master it so your eyes pop. Every. Single. Time.

The scoop: Tightlining means lining underneath your top eyelashes on your upper waterline. This technique fills in any gapes between your lashes, removing the little "white" line you typically see when applying liner. 

Why it’s necessary: This technique is ideal for anyone who wants to create an "invisible" eyeliner look or fill in any sparse areas around the lashes. It also works wonders for creating that subtle, natural makeup look that will have everyone asking, "Is she or isn't she wearing makeup?" The closer you get to the roots, the more natural it looks and the more your eyes pop!

How to do it: It only seems difficult! To tightline, reach for your favorite liner. Although waterproof is best (you are getting pretty close to the eye so watering is common the first go around!), you can really get by with whatever liner type—gel, pencil, or crayon—suits you. For this particular look, however, it's best to avoid liquid liner. When it comes to actually applying the liner, look down and gently pull up your lid so you can have some wiggle room when you start applying. (No liners in the eyes please!) Carefully run your liner across the inner waterline making sure to push liner color up into the lashes. Finish by curling your lashes and swiping on mascara. This will fully amp up your lash look!

Shop the trend:

Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner ($22, Sephora)

smashbox jet set water proof eye liner

Influensters boast this waterproof gel formula goes on easily and has lots of control—a quality you're going to need with tightlining. They also love how it lasts all day. No smudging or watering here!

e.l.f. Cosmetics Angled Eyeliner Brush ($3, Walmart)

elf cosmetics angled eyeliner brush

But an eyeliner is only as good as it's brush. This one from e.l.f. gets rave reviews from Influensters thanks to its precise tip, angled arch, and affordable price.

*Reviewer favorite: Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($24, Sephora)

Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

Intimidated by a gel pot liner and brush? You can get the gel look with the traditional ease of a crayon thanks to Marc Jacobs Beauty. Reviewers love how easy this liner goes on, doesn't smudge, and lasts all day. Sounds like a winner to us!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner review

IT Cosmetics Tightline Waterproof Black Mascara Primer Duo ($24, Ulta)

Waterproof Black Mascara Primer Duo

And in case you're really looking for an all-in-one option, IT Cosmetics created a fine-tip mascara wand that coats lashes and deposits product at the root of the lash for a long-lasting, waterproof look. Use the product as a liner too thanks to that precision-tip edge for a real win-win.

Have you tried tightlining? What are you favorite products to use to try the trend?

About the Author
Caitlin M.
Senior Editor at Influenster. Runner. Music lover. All things nachos. Follow me on Instagram: @caitlinsmiller