When you add eyeliner, you probably add it to the outer part of your eyelid. This makes the base of your lashes seem more prominent, but you need to add liner as close to your lash line as possible. To make lashes seem longer, add liquid or gel eyeliner to the very ends of your lashes, right where they meet your eyelid. This will make the lashes themselves seem longer and thicker there at the base. Your lashes will seem more prominent when you add just a small line of gel eyeliner right at the base of your lashes and right on their ends.
Another quick trick to make your eyelashes seem longer with eyeliner is to add the liner on the underside of your eyelid, along the water line. This is a favorite trick of makeup artists for photo shoots and modeling gigs, when eyes need to stand out or risk getting lost in the distance. This extra line will also make the base of lashes seem thicker and in turn, longer and more lush.
To do this trick on your own, gently pull your eyelid up and use a gel eyeliner on the inside rim, starting from the outer corner. As with applying eyeliner on the outside of your eyes, get as close to the lash line as possible so no skin is showing between the eyeliner and the lashes. Try not to blink as you allow the gel to dry, or the liner might run. Don’t get too far into the eyelid itself as this can irritate the eyes but stay right at the lash line. If it seems uncomfortable for you, just make a small swipe with the eyeliner on the outer corner and let this dry, and then see if you’re comfortable with going back to the liner and adding it to the rest of the lid.
This trick is typically called tight lining by makeup professionals and it refers to the tight line around the lash base. The trick makes your lashes seem longer and more prominent at the base so they’re more visible and seem thicker.
Be sure you curl your eyelashes and use mascara when you can so they look their best. Practice this trick a few times before you try it when going out, and your lashes will seem long and strong and beautiful.