Tightlining: The Hottest Makeup Trend Explained

tightlining tutorial

The 90s trend is taking over the fashion industry, and it’s about time for the makeup trends to catch up. One of the hottest beauty trends that I spotted backstage at NYFW was tightlining. This waterline eyeliner technique helps to emphasize the inner upper lash line to create an illusion of a fuller lash line.

It’s a bit scary makeup technique to use as you have to apply a waterproof eyeliner underneath your upper lashes. But it’s worth it as it makes your eyes stand out.




Step-by-step Tightlining Tutorial:

  1. Primer

    Start with applying a primer. I used N7 Airbrush Away Primer, which is creamy at first sight but, after application, it transforms into a matte, silky, and weightless. The primer smells delicious and impresses with how it prolongs the longevity of the foundation.

  2. Foundation

    For foundation, I used a super hyped Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation in Ivory. It’s not the best foundation I’ve ever tried in my life, but considering the price, it’s impressive. Keep in mind that this satin-finish foundation transfers without proper powdering. Otherwise, it’s a spectacular product.

    Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation

  3. Concealer

    It requires some application skills, but if you are willing to invest in IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Light, you’ll be amazed by the level of coverage this product provides. All you need is a tiny bit of this creamy concealer—and you can wave your under-eye circles “bye-bye!”

  4. Bronzer

    I’ve never been a bronzer addict, but Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer completely changed my opinion on using a bronzer. It comes in neutral and not an orange shade that is suitable for pale girls like me. The bronzer takes seconds to blend and stays on your face for the longest time possible.

    Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer

  5. Blush

    Another surprisingly amazing discovery by N7 is the gorgeous Powder Blush in Peach Velvet. It’s pigmented and super blendable, beautiful colored and not patchy at all.

  6. Brows

    For all the #BrowGoals kind of girls: RUN to the closest pharmacy and purchase L’Oreal Brow Stylist Frame & Set!

    I’m not joking while saying that it’s way better than Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade. The gel comes with a super handy brush, which is so convenient to use while shaping your brows.

  7. Eye Makeup

    I decided to stick to a neutral makeup using my new favorite palette, IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette.

    I started by applying the shade Warmth onto my crease.

    Then, I added Sunset on the middle and outer corners and blended it thoroughly.

    The shade Love went on the inner corners.

    Followed by the Transforming Pearl that I applied both on the inner corners and under the brow.

  8. Mascara

    For mascara, I used all times favorite Clarins Supra Volume Mascara, which adds a tremendous amount of volume to my exhausted after lash extensions lashes.

  9. Waterline Eyeliner

    Talking about the eyeliner, I was very impressed with super affordable Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner. It was a bit hard to remove, but it was so worth it.

    My waterline eyeliner look stayed on an entire day without smudging. Which is perfect if you are planning on trying the tightlining technique.

    A). Before starting with tightlining, make sure to curl your lashes. I also prefer having my mascara on, so I see the final result as I go, but it’s totally up to you if you want to work with bare lashes.

    B). With your left hand, grab your upper lashes so you can go a bit farther into your inner upper lash line without looking up (otherwise, how do you know where to draw the line?).

    C). With your right hand, outline the inner upper lash line and between lashes where you have spare spots. The key here is to use a super soft waterproof line, which allows you to put the lightest pressure on your eyes and not irritate them.

    D). Moving towards tightlining, use the same waterline eyeliner to outline the lower lash line. When it comes to the waterline eyeliner technique, I prefer doing so before applying mascara because it’s easier to ruin the lower lash line makeup. So if you don’t have mascara on, such mistakes are easier to fix.

    Please keep in mind that the tightlining technique makes your eyes look smaller, so this technique is the most suitable only for people with protruding and round-shaped eyes like mine.

  10. Highlighter

    For highlighter, I used a new favorite of mine, Pixi Glowy Powder, in Santorini Sunset. It provides such a beautiful, even, and blinding glow. I love how it looks both in real life and in photos.

  11. Lip Oil

    To finish the look, I used my all times favorite Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 05 Tangerine. It provides such beautiful natural-looking coverage, and it helps to hydrate lips and keep them healthy.

I hope you enjoyed this eyeliner twist on otherwise natural makeup look. It takes a few minutes to put together. But thanks to the high quality of the products I used to create this makeup, it will last throughout the day. Please let me know in the comments if you tried any of the products mentioned in this post.

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  1. Erica Hanna wrote:

    Love your eyes. I remember this look back in the 90’s but never did it myself. I will be trying it out now however. ?

    Posted 7.14.17
  2. I remember everyone doing eyeliner like that back in the 90’s hahaha. I haven’t had a fondness for bronzers either. Too dark that is until I found the Too Faced Cocoa solie in the milk chocolate. It is light enough for me and my paleness and still be able to contour. P.s. it smells amazing too

    Posted 6.7.17
  3. Oh really? So sorry to hear about it!

    Posted 6.4.17
  4. Jennifer Schmidt wrote:

    I no longer Tightline My eyes would be irritated every time I did.
    PS Your eye color is amazing!

    Posted 6.2.17


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