(L-R): Without waterline, tightline or false lashes (Circa early 1990’s), With waterline, tightline and 3 sets of false lashes (2012).
In this short tutorial, you will learn how to apply tightliner eye lining technique using a cake liner, flat brush and liquid activator. Tightliner defines the lash line and can add extra drama or look natural – while emphasizing any eye shape.
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Moderate
During my nearly two decade cosmetic career, I’ve had the opportunity to work for some of the top artist cosmetic brands in the world. While I credit Bobbi Brown with how I learned the bulk of my skills, there were key techniques that I picked up from Shu Uemura, NARS and Laura Mercier as well. One of the best tricks is from Laura Mercier – the “tightline” is incredibly easy to do, but takes a little practice, trial and error to perfect.
During the recent Beauty Trend Show in Nordstrom Honolulu, two of my less-than-enthusiastic and normally makeup-less friends bought all the tools to create this eye-opening look. Once you master the application, it literally takes a few minutes – but inspires big, defined and yet virtually makeup free eyes.
Here’s a list of products you’ll need to execute the “tightline” eyeliner technique:
1. Laura Mercier Flat Eye Liner Brush ($25, lauramercier.com). This firm, synthetic brush is designed to deliver precise placement of Eye Liner.
2. Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Black Ebony ($23, lauramercier.com). Highly pigmented and formulated to work in conjunction with the Tightline Activator for a long lasting look.
3. Tightline Activator ($20, sephora.com). This liquid activator mixes with Cake Eye Liner to form a smooth paste for best application results.
You can use any synthetic bristle brush with a similar shape – however, I’ve tried several different options and the original Laura Mercier in the shorter handled travel size works the best. The look can be done with any high pigmented shadow or cake liner (Fran Wilson Cake Eyeliner $6.99, beautyboutique) that can be used wet without having a white cast once product is dry. The Activator, however, can be easily replaced by the more economic La Femme Cake Eye Liner Sealer ($3.50, makeupmania.com). This is what I use to transform cake liner and shadows into high pigment liners. The large bottle will last over a year – even with daily use.
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