F is for Finishing Touch: A Tricky Makeup Artist Move You Should Consider

Lining the upper inner rim of the eye lid is tricky for some people and icky for others. But if you can manage it, here's the difference this makeup-artist move can make.
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Lining the upper inner rim of the eye lid is tricky for some people and icky for others. But if you can manage it, here's the difference this makeup-artist move can make.
Michelle Yeoh for Guerlain: before and digital after

Michelle Yeoh for Guerlain: before and digital after

I have a pet makeup peeve. Well, I have a few, but the one on my mind right now is that bit of inner upper rim that sometimes shows between eye and liner. I notice it instantly on other people -- I'm sorry, but yes, on you too -- then have to resist the urge to whip out a pencil and fix it. This time, though, with lovely Michelle Yeoh in her beauty shot for Guerlain, I didn't have to resist the urge with Photoshop. Can you see what I mean on the left and the difference on the right? Or here:

Michelle Yeoh for Guerlain, original image: no liner on the upper inner rim of her eyes

Michelle Yeoh for Guerlain, original image: no liner on the upper inner rim of her eyes

See that bit of bare upper inner rim?

Michelle Yeoh for Guerlain: digitally edited with liner on upper-lid inner rims

Michelle Yeoh for Guerlain: digitally edited with liner on upper-lid inner rims

Now see the difference after I've digitally tightlined it? Or:

Michelle Yeoh with digital upper waterline liner

Michelle Yeoh before and digital after: lining upper-lid inner rims

Tightlining means lining the inner rim of the eye without smudging it. Actually, for some artists the definition is more specific: lining at the very base of the lashes without getting colour on the fleshy rim. Either way, tightlining the rim of the upper lid is a makeup artist trick I noticed in a mascara ad many, many years ago and adopted instantly. 

I know lining the upper inner lid rim can be tricky for some, even icky. For Asians it can be extra problematic because the liner transfers to the skin along the lower lashes, not in a good way. (Waterproof eyeliner such as Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes eye pencils, or MUFE Aqua Black waterproof cream shadow can help.)

But that little extra liner defines the eyes so much better, and makes lashes look more lush. Don't you think?

Makeup artist Alice Kilpatrick, who has worked with a number of celebs -- George Clooney? And I think Jason Segel, recently -- gave me a great technique tip years ago, too: Squint as you run the pencil tip along the rim -- it firms the surface area, which makes the application much easier. I've lined my inner upper lid on video for The Kit, too.

Do you line your upper inner lash line? Do you have a never-fail waterproof liner for that area?