You probably line your lower waterline on a semi-regular basis, but if you’re like most people, tightlining isn’t part of your makeup routine. Perhaps you don’t even know what it means! To tightline is to line the upper waterline–that strip of skin underneath your eyelashes and above your eyes.
“Why do I need to put eyeliner there?” you’re probably asking. Here are a few reasons:
- It helps your eyes stand out more by creating contrast. As we get older, the skin underneath our lashes gets more exposed. Lining it helps eyes pop in a way that is subtle and natural.
- It gives the illusion of thicker lashes.
- It will help the liner on your lower waterline stay put. Yes, really! When it wears away, most of it is really just transferring to your upper waterline. If you already line this area, this won’t happen.
- It’s a great way to line your eyes if you have small lids or hooded eyes, because it takes up literally no lid space.
- If you want to rock a no-makeup look but secretly wear makeup, this is a great way to draw attention to your eyes, and no one will suspect your secret.
If tightlining is too uncomfortable for you because you flinch a lot when a pencil is coming at your eyes (guilty), here’s a trick–line your lower waterline, blink quickly and firmly, and repeat. The eyeliner will transfer to your upper waterline. Done!