I briefly covered the Tightlining technique in my introduction here and as promised, here is a tutorial on how to achieve Tightlined eyes.
Here’s what you will need:
|L-R: Water Spray, Mascara, Flat Eyeliner Brush, Liner suitable for tightlining.|
You don’t need a water spray as you can just use a tap, but I find it much more convenient to just spray the brush rather than having to pop to the bathroom each time the brush needs dampening.
You don’t actually need mascara if you’re not a mascara fan, but for me I like to finish the look with one coat to bring the eyes out further.
Flat Eyeliner Brush
I use this Laura Mercier Flat Eyeliner Brush as it’s been designed to be used as a Tightlining brush. The type of brush you need is a firm, flat ended brush that is fairly dense.
I also use the Laura Mercier Cake Eyeliner as it has again been designed for this purpose. However, there are plenty of other alternatives including Bobbi Brown’s Gel Eyeliner which I first used before purchasing the Laura Mercier cake. For the purpose of this tutorial, I’ll be referring to the Cake.
Cake eyeliner interacting with the water.
If you’re using the cake, you need to dampen the brush. Either run it under a tap or spray it with a water spray on both sides. Then use the brush to dampen the cake. You want to get the consistency right; so it needs to be fairly rich but not so thick that it’s like boot polish. However, the best thing about using this cake is that you can alter the consistency to suit your needs; for example, I use more water when I want a natural line and less water (or I’ll mix the water and eyeliner more rigorously) when I want more definition.
|Tightlining the inner corner; notice it looks like I’m lining the upper eye, which I’m not, I’m just lining very closely to the waterline underneath the lashes.|
The best way I’ve found to apply the eyeliner is to use a hand mirror and look down into it, but at a slight angle; hopefully that makes sense! You then smoosh the eyeliner into the underside of you upper lashes. I tend not to fill in the upper waterline (although you can do that really easily with this technique and it looks gorgeous) as I like to keep things as natural looking as possible. You can either take the line all the way to the inner corner of your eyes for added definition, or just to the outer edge of your lashes to make them appear fuller. The trickiest thing for me is getting the consistency and quantity of liner I have on the brush to the right amount so that it doesn’t then imprint on to my lower water line – not that this is a bad thing as it looks really lovely on the lower lash line too – so if you do end up doing this then it’s very easy to remove it with a cotton bud, just do this as quickly as possible before it sets. Then dampen the brush again and repeat the process on the other eye.
That’s really all that is involved! It’s a slightly tricky technique to master but it doesn’t take loads of practise and I think it’s more about what you personally prefer. You can experiment to find the best technique that works for you and also experiment with the amount you use and the consistency you like best.
|Left eye has been Tightlined all the way to the inner corner, whereas the right|
eye has just been Tightlined to the end of the lash line.
|Finished look after mascara has been applied. Note the little extra that’s imprinted on to the|
lower lash line of the left eye; I think it’s a really pretty effect, intentional or not!
Hopefully this all makes sense and proves useful and please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try my best to answer them.