Is Eyeliner Safe to Use on My Waterline?

Using eyeliner on your waterline is one of the biggest trends of the year. Want to try this ultra-flattering look? Here’s what you need to know first.

Bored with your eye-makeup style? You need to check out the two easiest, most flattering looks of the year: waterlining and tightlining. Rather than just lining the outer portion of your eye, these looks are all about getting inside your lash line.

The terms 'waterlining' and 'tightlining' are sometimes used interchangeably, but they can also be used differently. Waterlining is applying eyeliner inside your lower lash line. Tightlining is about dotting liner between your upper lashes for a naturally lush look.


Is Eyeliner Safe to Use on My Waterline?


Which Eyeliner to Choose for Waterlining

Of course, when you're putting eyeliner on the rim of your eyelid, safety is a big deal. It’s really important to use waterproof eyeliner that's formulated for your waterline.

Many standard eyeliners contain ingredients that aren’t meant to go on your waterline. Certain colourants are irritating if they're applied too close to your eye. Using the wrong eyeliner on your lash line can cause an infection, particularly if you wear contacts or have sensitive, sty-prone eyes.

Glittery eyeliners in particular are a definite DON’T for this vulnerable area. A recent cosmetics trial showed that glittery liners worn inside the lash line spread to your eye within 5 minutes. The liner was almost completely gone from the eye within 2 hours.

Not only did the liner not last on the waterline, but most of the glitter ended up in participants’ eyes and on their contact lenses. Larger glitter particles could make that transfer downright dangerous. Definitely not the ideal way to get sparkly eyes!

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal Liner is formulated especially for use on your waterline. It’s safe and stays put all day long.


Is Eyeliner Safe to Use on My Waterline?


Hygiene Is Important

You need to be extra-careful when you're using eyeliner on your waterline. If there are bacteria on your eyeliner, you're basically rubbing those germs directly into your eye when you line your waterline.

The best way to keep your eyeliner pencils clean is to sharpen them each and every time that you them. Be sure to opt for a high-quality, ultra-precise tool such as the Benefit Dual Pencil Sharpener. You’ll lose a few flecks of liner each time, but it's well worth it to keep your eyes looking and feeling healthy.

Finish Off the Look

Once you’ve got all of your supplies together, work slowly along your waterline. It’s a slippery surface, and it’s important to stay within the lines so you don’t cause irritation to your eyes. Focus on making multiple, very short lines rather than trying to draw a single line the whole way across.

PRO TIP: If you want to maximise the impact of waterlining, go for a bold and dramatic mascara. For a gorgeous look, try a cult fave: Benefit They're Real! Mascara.


Is Eyeliner Safe to Use on My Waterline?