How to Tightline Eyes


Applying eyeliner can be very difficult. Unless you have very large eyes, it’s tough to get the perfect application. Tightlining is a new trend in eyeliner application that can be seen on the runways and in fashion magazines. With the proper tools and instruction, you can incorporate tightlining into your daily makeup routine.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat eyeliner brush
  • Cake eyelier
  • Mascara
  • Eyelash curler
  • Eyeshadow
  • Foundation

How to Tightline Eyes

Apply your foundation. Prior to putting on your eye makeup, you want to apply your face makeup. Apply concealer, foundation and blush. Lightly dust your face with powder to set the makeup. You do face makeup first because it creates a perfect canvas to work with.

Apply your eyeshadow. Apply your eyeshadow base and then apply your eyeshadow. Contour your eye. Apply a wash over the lid and a darker color in the crease. Lightly highlight the brow bone.

It’s time to tightline. Grab your flat liner brush and dip the end in water. Take the wet brush and lightly swirl it on the cake eyeliner. The consistency of the eyeliner should become thick but slightly runny. If it is still pretty dry, apply a little bit more water to the brush and repeat the process. Once you have the correct consistency, it’s time to tightline. Close one eye and slightly pull the corner of it. Dab the flat liner brush into your lash line. Do not draw a line on your lash line. The key to tightlining is dabbing the eyeliner into the lash line. Move along the lash line so that the entire top eyelid is lined. Line your other eye following the same procedure. Allow both eyelids to dry completely before continuing on to the next step.

Clean it up. Since you are basically applying wet eyeliner, it is likely it might smudge a little bit. Carefully dab any imperfections so that you have an even application. If you happen to mess up your eyeshadow, touch it up at this time.

Apply mascara. Once your eyeshadow and eyeliner are complete, it’s time to finish up your eye makeup. Curl your eyelashes and apply mascara. Allow the first coat of mascara to dry. Apply a second coat of mascara. If you want some extra curl in your lashes, allow the second coat of mascara to dry and then curl your eyelashes again. Be very careful because when your eyelashes have any type of product on them, they are more prone to breakage. You’re done. Take a look in the mirror and admire those beautiful tightlined eyes!

Tips & Warnings

  • For one on one instruction on how to tightine, visit your local Laura Mercier counter.
  • Remember to not use too much water when mixing the cake eyeliner. Otherwise, your eyeliner will smudge badly.

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