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What Is Tight-lining & Why Do It?

Hey everyone! As I’m sure you’ve all noticed by now, I am a HUGE fan of a beautiful dramatic cat eye… But what about those days where you don’t want such a bold effect?

For example, when you’ve down a beautiful natural eyeshadow job and want something simple to show it off? Or you feel like a heavy eyeliner look will make your eyes look a bit smaller? This is when tight-lining your eye comes in to save the day.

Tight-lining is a method that allows your eyelashes to look thicker and darker without looking like you have applied lots of heavy eyeliner! 


But how do this differ from applying eyeliner in the typical way? Well most people, including myself, will apply their eyeliner above the lash line. Tight-lining has the same basic process, except you apply the product below the lash line and wiggle it in between every single last. This can make the lash line look like you have thicker, more concentrated lashes, and with that can make your eyes look bigger!


Here are the basic steps to having a successful tight-line:

  1. Sharpen your pencil, or clean your brush of choice (don’t want any nasty germs up in your eye)
  2. Place the tip of the pencil just beneath my lash line, pointing at an upward angle, and close the eye you’re working on so that the tip of the liner presses up against the base of the lashes.
  3. Slowly run the pencil along the lash line in short spurts, back and forth, back and forth, all the way along the line moving from outward to inward, making sure to go all the way to other end of the lash line.
  4. Open your eyes and check, is the line looks dark enough? If it doesn’t, then just repeat the same process until it does.

If you prefer to apply your liner with a brush, possibly try Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Gel Liner, £6.99, which is formulated to really stay put. Avoid soft, smudgy pencils which invariably transfer to your lower eyelids as soon as you blink – water-resistant formulas are best…I bought the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Crayon (gel) and it seemed to work well, unless I had watery eyes and it turned into a big black mess everywhere…


And that’s it! Everything you need to know about tight-lining and how to do it! It is now become an essential part of my every-day make up routine.

Have you tight-lined before? Let me know in the comments below! I love hearing from you!

Thanks for reading, hope this has been helpful!

~ Irish Rose Beauty ~


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