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How to Tightline Your Waterline and Why You Should Do It

How to Tightline Your Waterline and Why You Should Do It

Tightlining may sound like an extreme sport, but it is a pro makeup technique that makeup artists have been using for decades. 

What is tightlining?

Known as invisible eyeliner, tightlining is when you draw eyeliner inside the lash linealong the waterline. It is an easy technique that offers definition and adds perceived volume to your lashes. By filling in the lash line as close to the root of your lashes as possible, you create a sharp contrast to your irises, giving the illusion of more open eyes. If you’re still wondering how to tightline and get the appearance of thicker and bolder lashes, keep reading. 

Another positive, if you’ve really caught on to eye makeup to suit your eye shape, this technique is extra effective for those with hooded eyes to provide a natural lift, giving the appearance of larger eyes. 

Tightlining Prep – Curl Your Lashes

Before you tightline it is best to curl your lashesBy getting a nice lash curl in beforehand, you’re opening up your eyes more. This will help you  see your lash line a lot clearer for an easier application.  

The Best Eyeliner for Tightlining 

Waterproof eyeliner is always the best option for tightlining. We recommend our Sport Waterproof Eyeliner, but there is no right or wrong choice when it comes to your preference. It is recommended that beginners use a pencil eyeliner with a pointed tip for a more precise application. If you’re looking to create a bold look, use a black eyeliner, however if you’re seeking a more natural approach, brown eyeliner may be best for you.

How to Tightline

  1. Using your index finger at the outer corner of your eye, gently pull your lids upward while looking at the ceiling. 
  2. Then, delicately using either your angled makeup brush or your eyeliner pencil, slowly swipe the liner onto the waterline. 
  3. Continue to fill in the gap on the waterline, going further along the upper waterline to give the appearance of thicker, fuller lashes. 


Krista Thurrott

Krista Thurrott

Writer and expert

When I’m not writing or perusing the beauty section, I'm usually applying skincare or trying a new eyeliner. Most confident in minimal makeup with a bold lip, I invite you to join me on my journey to find the perfect mascara and red lipstick!