Tightlining Methods and Common Issues Video

In my Spring 2013 Favorites video, we were chatting about some issues with tightlining. I got inspired to make a video with the different techniques I use and a few tips for some common issues. I love tightlining and use it quite regularly, it's a fast way to boost the look of volume in your lashes - especially useful for lackluster mascaras.

(video link here)

Tightlining can be called invisible eyeliner and technically should not include your upper waterline. Ideally, the liner is just in the underneath root of your lashes.

In the video, I went over three main techniques/products I use. I thought I'd include some screenshots in this post in case you didn't want to watch the whole video that will hopefully help.

Tightlining with a Pencil, Problems with Transfer

Most times, people show tightlining as this (I have as well, many times):

It's the quick and dirty way to get liner in the tightline area, but it also gets liner on the upper waterline. This most often leads to transfer on the lower waterline, which can look a little messy.

Here you can see the liner is fairly far down and has transferred with blinking.
So, the way I go about getting liner only in the tightline/lash roots is by lifting my lid up (as gently as you can, of course) and applying the liner:

This will allow you to control the placement and avoid the transfer issue altogether.

Twitchy/Spazzy Eyelids

Another common problem, one I posted about, a long time ago is eyelids twitching while trying to tightline. Eventually I figured out a way to avoid it, mentioned in my Tightlining Makes All the Difference post. I found if I had the pencil or my finger or brush, whatever - near the pupil of my eye, it was much more likely to freak out. If I kept my pupil away from the offending object, my eye could relax.

Going in at an angle such as this, for me, is near-guaranteed spazz-attack. So, just turn my head and come from a different angle, much easier!
Tightlining with Gel/Cream Liner
I showed two different brush types for this, but there are surely more. One is a spin on a traditional push liner brush which has a flat horizontal brush, the other is a fine liner brush.

With the flat liner brushes, you can stamp the liner in and wiggle a bit. Gel and cream liners have the advantage of excellent staying power and are easy to get a fully opaque rich line. Downside, you have to use a brush and subsequently clean that brush.

Note: you can also use cake eyeliner powders (and test with plain shadows, some work better than others) activated with water or a liquid intended for cake liner with a push liner brush and apply similarly as the gel/cream liner.

Using a fine liner brush is a little different, you can draw the line in a bit more. I also find this type of brush is very handy for lining your waterline and once dried, it's much less likely to transfer. Typically, gel and cream liners will last on the waterlines much longer than most pencils. Only tricky part I find is that you might end up with too solid of a line which will look overdone.

Touching Up After Applying Mascara, Filling in the Gaps

Sometimes I have done top liner or tightlined, put on my mascara only to realize I still have a few bare spots at my lashline. Going back in with a pencil or liner brush that needs wiggling can jiggle loose mascara and cause fallout, so I like to use a richly pigmented marker style liquid liner.

In particular I've been enjoying the Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen mentioned in my favorites video, I also have liked Physicians Formula Eye Booster which is a very fine brush tip but applies like a fine marker. Both are pigmented enough at the tip to do the job with little dots.

So that about covers it! I hope this was helpful for anyone with questions about tightlining or some common problems encountered on the way. Please let me know if you have any questions and thanks for taking the time to visit my blog!