When you hear the word “tight-lining” you may think this is just another beauty tip that you should just blow off as a faddish makeup trick, but it’s actually an eyeliner trick pro makeup artists have used for decades.
The technique was made famous by industry luminaries Kevyn Aucoin and Laura Mercier, and is a technique where you draw eyeliner inside the lash line, and on the waterline. It provides an imperceptible definition and structure to the face by filling in any gaps in the lash line and creates contrast with the irises, according to celebrity makeup artist Suzy Gerstein.
“That contrast helps really define the eye without making it look made up. Done properly, it should not look like you are wearing eyeliner at all,” she told HuffPost in a recent article. “Your eyes should just look bigger and more twinkly, but to the naked eye it will not be obvious why exactly they look so amazing.”
Gerstein notes that the late makeup artist Way Bandy used this technique in his ’70s and ’80s makeup manuals before it even had a name. “Tight-lining is great for hooded eyes and other eye shapes that tend to look overly made up or droopy with a thick, visible band of traditional eyeliner,” she said. “The trick is also a fantastic way to intensify a smoky eye or anchor a wash of pale shimmery shadow.”
So how exactly do you tight-line?
Gerstein recommends positioning a mirror on a flat surface so you’re looking down into it. “Gaze down into the mirror with your chin angled upwards and eyes staring downwards to allow you to get into that sweet spot right in the lash lines. Using your non-dominant hand, pull gently up on the lid and use your other hand to tight-line,” she said. Watch the YouTube video from New Beauty Magazine experts.
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