You've probably heard a thing or two about tightlining, the makeup technique that sounds like a daring circus act, but actually creates the illusion of darker, fuller lashes. While lining the inner rims of your eyes, a.k.a. the waterline, might sound tricky, using the right tools is the key to success. You don’t want to just use any liner. A liner that suits a cateye is not a liner that suits tightlining. Want to know what works best? Here's a list of the best eyeliners for tightlining!


1. A Fade-Proof, Soft Texture Pencil

If you prefer applying liner with a pencil, then the best eyeliner for tightlining for you is a soft pencil that is fade resistant. It goes on smoothly and won't disappear from your waterline in the blink of an eye. Try Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero.

2. A Gel Eyeliner and Flat Liner Brush

If you're not a pencil person, the best eyeliner for tightlining for you is a gel liner. Try a gel eyeliner pot and apply with a flat liner brush. Or, as Jordy Poon, makeup artist at Rita Hazan Salon in New York City suggests, layer it on top of your pencil for a longer-lasting line. "The gel prevents the pencil from separating and intensifies the effect," says Poon.

Try Lancôme Liner Design Long Wear Calligraphy Gel EyeLiner in Black Fishnets with Giorgio Armani Eye Liner Brush.

3. A Fine-Tipped Liquid Liner

If you are a liquid liner diehard fan, there’s no need to veer out of your comfort zone. The best eyeliner for tightlining for you is a liquid liner with an extra fine tip.

Darken the lashes along your top lash line by drawing teeny-tiny dots in between each individual lash, says Poon. Try Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner in Black.

Best Eyeliners For Tightlining

Are you ready now to create the illusion of darker, fuller lashes? What do you think is the best eyeliner for tightlining? What's your trick? Share with us in the comments below!

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