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Meredith Holt, Published April 01 2013

Tuesday Tip: ‘Tightlining’ gives eyelashes extra definition

FARGO – With small, almond-shaped eyes and short, blond eyelashes, I need all the help I can get making my eyes stand out.

Mascara’s a must, and I’ve been experimenting with different types of eyeliner since age 13.

Pencils, brushes, pens, liquids, gels and creams … I’ve tried ’em all.

But what I hadn’t tried until recently is an eyeliner technique called “tightlining,” sometimes referred to as “invisible eyeliner.”

Tightlining is when you apply eyeliner underneath your upper eyelashes instead of on top of them.

The method takes some getting used to, but like anything gets easier with practice. Gently holding your eyelid up, press and wiggle gel, cream or cake liner underneath and between your upper eyelashes.

It works best with a flat eyeliner brush and a cake liner like Laura Mercier’s Tightline Cake Eye Liner, available at Sephora.com for $30.

Laura Mercier also makes a flat eyeliner brush – as does Sephora – but I ordered mine for $3 from eyeslipsface.com.

Sephora recommends dipping the brush into clean water and working it into a thick paste before applying, but I’m afraid that might irritate my already sensitive eyes.

For the same reason, I don’t line my “waterline,” the inside part of your lower lash line.

I’m not ready to give up my dramatic black lines in favor of tightlining alone, but it does give my little lashes extra definition.


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