Eye Makeup Tutorial: 5 Useful Tips on Tightlining for Bigger Eyes and Thicker Lashes


Previously, we covered the basics of how to perform the technique of Tightlining. Tightlining is the simple method of applying eyeliner on the roots of the lashes and even on the underside of the lid to give the illusion of larger eyes and thicker lashes. You can check out this post to find out more about Tightlining.

Today, I share in this post more tips on Tightlining that I picked up along the path of makeup discovery, and think will benefit all of us!

Tip #1: Don’t Tug at the Lids!

Some people like to lift the eyelid to make the waterline more visible during application. I prefer not touching the eyelid at all, to prevent premature wrinkles and sagging. I do all I can to slow down the effects of time man!

Instead, what I do is simply tilt my head back and that will reveal more than enough of the base and underside of the lashes.

But if you still cannot see the underside of the lid, then use a brush and gently lift the lid.

This is especially helpful for when you approach the inner one-third of the eye.

Tip #2: Buy a Creamy Pencil Eyeliner

Forget about those cheapo eyeliners on sale from Chameleon or SASA or LA Girl. Well, unless proven otherwise. I’ve bought and tried many of them and they made my eyes go through torment from their dry and unworkable texture. I bet I can buy like 5 Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencils with all the money spent on poor quality pencil eyeliners.

I believe that what does not work on the upper lashline will certainly NOT work on the waterline. You want a super creamy yet non-greasy eye liner pencil that will glide on smoothly on the waterline.

It doesn’t have to be expensive. L’Oreal HIP Chrome Eyeliner in Black Shock is a great and inexpensive alternative to the much coveted Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero. Try Prestige Total Intensity EyeLiner too!

Get L’Oreal HIP Chrome Eyeliner in Black Shock here

Get Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero here

Tip #3: Do It Before Mascara

Some people tightline after mascara, but I find it a real hassle to be extremely careful not to accidentally draw ON the eyelashes and make them stick together.

So just finish up the eyelining and tightlining, then proceed to mascara application.

See, once mascara is on, the lashes are no longer soft, and they get in the way of the eyeliner.

Tip #4: Slow, Steady, and Short

Work slowly and carefully, especially if you’re not familiar with tightlining. Being careful onset beats cleaning up mess anytime!

Use short strokes – there is no need for a perfect line like the one on your upper lashline. As long as the waterline is coated with product, it’s good enough.

Tip #5: Open your eyes!

I don’t know why and how they do it, but I’ve watched plenty of tightlining tutorials filmed by Caucasians tightlining with their eyes CLOSED. It’s scary even to watch! They do it so effortlessly and it turns out fine too. Maybe it’s something to do with the natural contour of the Caucasian eye. I’m not sure.

But unless the closed eyes method works marvellously for you, I suggest that you keep your eyes OPEN during application.

It took many shots to get this shot! I was so scared when I took them because it really didn’t feel very good to have something jabbing my eye (the underside of the eyelid, not the eyeball!!) and yet force my eyes to close on the pencil eyeliner. But this is exactly how some people do it. =S

And there we have it!

Tips for easy peasy tightlining! Good luck!


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

Throughout this blog you will see Bun Bun in different poses.

Instead of using numbers (3/5, 4/5) or alphabets (B+, A+) to rate products, I put Bun Bun in different positions and expressions to represent the rating given to the product after a review.

In Bun-O-Meter, the first on the list would mean a 5/5 rating and the last one a 1/5 rating.

You can always refer to the sidebar any time you don’t understand what Bun Bun’s pose means.

I hope you enjoy reading my makeup and beauty posts as much as I did writing them.

Talk to you soon! =)


Juli & Bun Bun

  • Kyra

    the UD 24/7 Glide On Pencil is really nice to draw with, don’t you think? and the color is INTENSE. i love it! but it smudges on me :( i think i’ve a pair of very hard-to-please eyes :( but thanks for this post, it’s really helpful! :)

    • Bun Bun

      Yes really intense! Super duper black. It smudges on me too! Never stays on my lids, I always get panda eyes from Zero. But it works fine on the upper waterline. Very weird. Haha

  • Bags Under Eyes Treatment

    Looks really pro. Ps. love your eyebrows!

  • Kat

    Thank you for the great tips! I really like your eye makeup in this tutorial. I love the different colors that you used and yet it is so subtle.

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks Kat! =D You can try it too, I did a tutorial for that look.

  • Brenda

    My question doesn’t relate in any way to this tutorial, but, what contact lens are you wearing (if any?) lol It looks like a natural black lens :)

    • Bun Bun

      Oh! Acuvue Define. It has an opaque black rim to sorta enlarge the pupil. It’s for daily wear. Not cheap though. =(

  • Vonvon

    May I know what are the eyeshadows that you used in this EOTD?

    I am digging the lilac on your lower lash line.

    • Vonvon

      Pardon me, I found the post of the tutorial on this makeup look. :)

      • Bun Bun

        Glad you found it! But it’s Morocco by NYX and Stars ‘N’ Rockets by MAC for anyone else interested. :)

  • Saint_Kailix

    How do you prevent the liner from smudging? I tried tightlining my upper eyes and always smudges to the bottom…. Normally I don’t line my lower lashes but at the end of the day the liner from my upper waterline transfers to my bottom.. help?

  • starzgurl342

    @Bun Bun
    hi bun bun! ive just chanced upon ur blog few days back and have since followed u on fb! :) Im reading through ur makeup posts and I love it:)
    Btw, I would like to ask what should I use for tightlining if I don’t want smudges on the upper waterline? Will applying Urban Decay Primer before this step helps? Hoping u will do a video tutorial on this!
    Since ive not tried eye shadow before.. im not sure what colour should I try.. cause im afraid i’ll look weird in brown colours.. I want something natural (im fair skinned). Do you have a post on this?
    Thanks bun bun!! 😀

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      starzgurl342 Hello! Welcome and thanks for reading my blog! =D
      Oh how I LOVE the effects tightlining gives! I cannot go without it. My current method is actually using Sigma E15 brush and Lioele Gel Liner. I haven’t done a post on this fav combination of mine though. Will soon! 
      I personally don’t go for brown coz… I just love bright and bold colors. That said, every girl should have some basics in her makeup stash. If you’re starting out, get a simple palette. Don’t go for those that come in 69 shades. You’ll probably feel more stressed and confused. Haha. Wait till you get the hang of applying eyeshadow first, then go on to larger things. 
      You could try a palette consisting of purples as shades of purple look good on most Asian girls. 
      Keep me updated on your makeup progress! =)

    • starzgurl342

      BunBunMakeupTips hello! Haha purple shades? Mm.. Do you know which brand and the number of colours eyeshadow should I get? (Thought of urban decay naked 2) I’m wondering which YouTube video can I follow to learn how to apply eyeshadow.. Hahah I’ve totally no clue at all!
      Thanks for advising, bun bun!:)

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      starzgurl342BunBunMakeupTipsHmmmm I don’t know, Naked 2 might be a little confusing for you if you’re just starting out? Coz they’re really all browns and neutrals and unless you’re sure how to use them together, they might turn out muddy. But that’s just my humble opinion, you can always go for it. =)
      I would honestly recommend a palette that has a mix of browns and other colors. 
      You might wanna take a look at these:
      Not too expensive, fun to play with, not too intimidating.

  • Aussie_Donna

    Saint_Kailix Try tightlining as the FIRST process of your eye makeup routine.  Any mistakes are easily corrected without worrying about the work you have already done on your eye makeup.  Also, if you are using a darker colour on your tightline than the one on your waterline, the liner has plenty of time to dry before you line your waterline & if transfer occurs, it is very easily cleaned up.
    Hope this helps…

  • Phyllis1979

    If you have a single n double eyelid? how to drew even n natural? sometimes I drew it so thick.. it’s like my eyes look so dirty?

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