How to Tightline Eyes in 3 Easy Steps

Tightlining the eyes is nothing new to the makeup world. But to those still unfamiliar with this jargon, it’s simply a technique to make the base of your upper lashes look thicker and fuller. 

While some use black eyeshadow or tigthlining cake with a small angled brush, I prefer waterproof black eyeliner. I find that it’s easier to manipulate and is readily available. So for this tutorial, bring out your eyeliner and any makeup brush with a slim handle.

(1) Barenaked eyes

(2) With the tip of your brush, lift your eye to expose the inner portion of the upper lashes.

(3) Starting from the outer corner, line the root of your upper lashes, especially those tiny gaps in between the hairs.

(4 and 5) Tightlined eyes. Upper lashes looked more thicker than (1)

Complete your eye makeup or just add mascara and you’re set for the day!

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  1. August 3, 2012 / 10:13 am

    I've really been wanting to try this but I'm so afraid of poking myself in the eye!

    • August 3, 2012 / 4:43 pm

      I was too at first because the technique I see from others is to use their fingers when lifting the eye. Let me know if this works for you…xo

    • August 11, 2012 / 3:30 pm

      So I've successfully figured out how to do this! I actually use a really thin brush handle to lift my lid. I've been using TooFaced 3-Way Lash Lining Tool. It makes it really easy to dot in between my lashes.

  2. marion
    August 3, 2012 / 2:46 pm

    oh i didnt know its called tight lining.. thats what i do for a quick fix make up for a natural look.. but i prefer dark brown shades. blacks make me look matronic..

  3. August 3, 2012 / 2:54 pm

    I am going to try your method, I blink like crazy when trying to do this and it never works!

    • August 3, 2012 / 4:45 pm

      Let me know how it works for you. I tried opening eyes big and wide and also finger technique, I found this one more easy..xo

  4. August 4, 2012 / 6:04 pm

    This is great. I am going to try this one. Thank you!

    • August 5, 2012 / 12:38 am

      You're welcome Vivian and thanks also for visiting my blog

  5. August 5, 2012 / 12:51 am

    Hi Kath, I too did not know it was called tightline. I'm going to give it a try, thanks for 3 step guide.


    • August 5, 2012 / 1:52 am

      You're welcome Madison. Let me know how it worked out for you. Have a wonderful weekend.xo

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