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How-To: Tightline

Tightlining!  Qu'est-ce que c'est you say?  It's one of those no-makeup-makeup tricks that makes your lashes look over 9000% fuller!  I didn't mean for that to sound like a mascara tagline.

Most people line on top of their lash line so when you look down, you can see where they've applied the kohl.  This technique is a slightly more subtle version -- it also helps those with limited lid space to conserve room for more eye shadow, since you won't be able to see the eyeliner on top of your lid when you close your eyes. [See Image #3]

In the photos above, you can see the immense difference it makes on Tod -- I used a black pencil for the purposes of this tutorial, but you could easily attempt this with a brown pencil for a slightly more natural look.

In terms of product textures, I prefer a pencil for this step, but I've also played with gel liners -- liquid tends to look too harsh and you end up drawing a thick line to connect the tiny dots you create at the base of your lashes.  It's beyond my capability.

How-to: Tightline your Waterline

Step 1:  Pull up your eyelid to expose the waterline

Step 2: Apply the eyeliner along the base of the lashes.  It doesn't have to be a perfect line; in fact, a series of dashes along the base of the lash will look more or less the same - no need to be neat!

Step 3: If you've done it right, it should look like you have ultra thick lashes, but no liner on the lid.  You can clean up any smudges with a Q-Tip.  Don't wipe them away with your fingers like I'm occasionally guilty of doing - the skin around your eyes is too delicate!


  1. Wow, you look like a blonde Natalie Portman. That's uncanny.

    1. This is my model/roommate, Tod! I'll let her know, she LOVES Natalie Portman!

  2. Ha I'm one of those people who love eyeliner and aren't afraid to show it LOL Occasionally when I want to be really subtle, I only line my waterline and between my lashes tho :) It does help make my pathetic lashes look better!

    1. Honestly, I don't even bother with lengthening my lashes anymore, I just want them to be thick and this is the easiest way to go about it!

  3. Ah, I tightline so rarely, but this reminds me of what a big difference it actually makes! I just have to get over the willies of having to pull up my eyelid like that ;)


    1. If you don't like pulling up your lid, just look down and run the eyeliner on your lashline, looking away from the pencil at all times! You can always clean the lid after :-)

  4. I cannot tightline to save my life,I am truly awful.Hahahaha this was helpful though,learn more everyday!(:


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