Posts Tagged ‘tightlining’




Oh hey big eyes! Our favorite pitch perfect mega babe Brittany Snow ventured out Tuesday night to support her new indie flick Dial A Prayer (opens tonight!), dazzling in a fitted LBD with lace peek-a-boo cutouts and a effortless top twist! It occurred to me that this winged-shadow sultry eye might be something you’d love to rock on your next night out , so here’s how I created her look. You might not have noticed, but the eye makeup was strategically placed in ways to make the eyes look bigger but piercing at the same time. And you can do that too! The key points are to wing the shadow out and up creating a bigger lid space than the actual lid space, then skip liner on the lashline and tightline & inner rim it instead. Here’s how:

TBDBrittanySnow Breakdown


  • Smoky Taupe Winged Shadow: To make her eye space as big as possible, I took my absolute favorite smoky taupe eyeshadow palette of all time (could I be more dramatic today?!) and swirled a blending brush in the taupe shade from the upper left corner. Then I started creating the shape by sweeping it across the lid then onto the crease, blending back and forth and dabbing it back into the palette often to load it back up with shadow. Then I determined how far out I wanted to shadow wing to go and dragged the brush back and forth as I elongated the space. See how far I took it above. If you ever take it out too far, don’t worry! You can just shorten it back with my baby wipe trick. I also swept the shadow along the lower lashline too. Then I took the gold sparkly shade from the center and swept it over the lid to really make her blue eyes pop.
  • Tightlining on Top: To keep with the commitment to big eyes, I didn’t line the lashline like I typically might as to not  lose an a millimeter of  lid space. Instead I tightlinted from up and under the lashes, wiggling this favorite black longwear pencil just below and in between the lashes. It’s my favorite because it glides on so smoothly with a lot of color payoff but then is waterproof and won’t budge.
  • Inner Rimming: To make her eyes more piercing, and still not lose a millimeter of lid space, I rimmed her inner waterline with this intense pure color kajal liner. Ok, yes technically this can “close” up the eye a little bit but in return, it makes them look like they can see right through to your soul!
  • Spiky Lashes: Britt and I have a thing for spiky lashes (for lack of a better word). That doesn’t mean clumpy though! We just like them really really defined and separated, with each lash coated, but again, not clumped. So the mascara choice is critical; it has to be really wet and intense right out of the gate so we don’t have to load them up with too many layers. We’ve found this mascara always brings it and used it that night.
  • Subtle Inner Highlight: I simply pressed my ring finger into the highlight shade from the palette and stamped it across the inner corners of the each eye, so it half covered the top and half covered the bottom part at the same time.

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  • Skin Perfecting: Ok, this beauty didn’t have much skin correcting work for me to do, as in none, but the flashes on the red carpet can be brutal, so I evened everything out with this industry standard liquid foundation that most of my colleagues and I trust to bring the skin to life while covering any redness, dark spots or blemishes. Brittany is shade #5 if that helps you determine if you’re darker or lighter.
  • Mattifying: I powdered only her T-zone with this setting powder that I know won’t ever get cakey.


  • Light Contour: I love a subtle sculpt so I merely swept this mistake-proof bronzing powder just under her cheekbones, along her temples, hairline and jawline.
  • Hint of Blush: Again, I wanted to just add a subtle glow to focus all of the attention on the eyes, so I swirled this magic blush on the top half of the apples and cheekbones.


  • Pinky Nude Touch of Color: I finished the look with this matte liquid lipstick (shade #500) that isn’t drying (like so many other matte liquid lipsticks out there) and adds the perfect amount of natural color.

TBDBrittanySnow final


If you want to know how to get her tousled top twist, you’re going to have to ask her lovely hair stylist Aviva Perea!



Tutorial & Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

Tutorial & Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

There are two gorgeous things that happen when you use a thin mini-mascara wand along the roots of your lashes. First, it stamps the lashline saving you from having to lift up the lid and trace in between the roots with a pencil. And second it flares the lashes upward, almost bending them as if you had pinched them with a lash curler. Once you try a thin mini wand, you might not go back to a big thick one!!



  1. Place the wand directly at the roots of the upper lashline by coming up from underneath of them as demonstrated above.
  2. Stamp the lashline with the wand by pressing it against the roots.
  3. Continue stamping across until you’ve covered every bare space in between each root. As you stamp, you’ll notice the lashes will start to flare upwards. Now you can pull the wand through the lashes all the way to the tips and repeat along the bottom lashline.



Who knew three little dots could do so much? Remember my Lower Lashline Intensity Study? That was where I first introduced the concept of drawing small dots along the lashline to make the roots of your lashes appear subtly thicker. You can do it with a sharp-tip pencil or a liquid liner. Or… you can do what I do and use this clever genius of an invention! It’s a liquid liner that stamps three dots perfectly spaced to emulate lash roots! I’ve found three versions out there and I’m sure other brands will catch on and make their own soon too! When you don’t want to lose lid space by lining your eyes, this is another great alternative to Tightlining. Here’s how: (more…)


top photos: getty images/tutorial photos + post by amy nadine/graphic design by eunice chun

Your boyfriend says he likes you better without makeup… you’re meeting your friends to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity… you’re headed to a study group with class mates… all occasions when you don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard! But the problem is you’re not used to seeing yourself without a lot of makeup on and somehow you’ve forgotten that you’re pretty without it. Don’t fret! I get it. I swear my eyes look beady and washed out without eyeliner. But I love the look of just mascara, especially when I want to look effortless, have all the attention go to my lashes or paired with a bright lip. So this is where tightlining comes in. It’s the sister technique to rimming your bottom waterline, but this time you are pressing a gel liner into your upper lashline from directly below it for the ultimate definition, like I had the pleasure of doing on each of the red carpet looks above for Emmy Rossum, Kate Bosworth, Mia Wasikowska and Brittany Snow. It’s particularly great when you don’t want to lose any of your upper lid surface area, but still want to frame your eyes. Here’s how: (more…)