Tightlining is that mysterious eyeliner technique everyone talks about, but few can really explain. So mysterious in fact, it’s often called invisible eyeliner. Truth be told, that moniker actually refers to the ever-so subtle appearance of a tightlined eye. Tightlining is championed in the beauty world for its ability to create the illusion of fuller, darker lashes and add definition to the eyes, all the while maintaining a no-makeup feel. Today the illusive technique remains illusive no more.

You can use any gel, cream or pencil eyeliner (the consistency of liquid is generally too wet for this technique); we used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero. The brush is the important part. You need an angled or flat eyeliner brush. You’ll want one with bristles that are soft, yet sturdy because you need to be able to control the brush. Try Giorgio Armani Eye Liner Brush or Laura Mercier Flat Eye Liner Brush.

tightline eyeliner tutorial
1. Use your finger to lift up your eyelid so you can see the base of your lash line. That’s where you are going to be depositing the pigment. Quick Tip: It helps to position your mirror so you are looking down slightly during the application.

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Then fill your brush with eyeliner and press it directly onto the waterline. Using short strokes wiggle the brush back and forth to really work the product in to the underside of your lash line. That’s it! You’ve filled the gap between your lashes and liner. Either apply liner on top of the lash line for an all-around flawless eyeliner application, or simply curl your lashes and be on your way–looking every bit the natural beauty you are.

Have you tried tightlining your eyes?
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