Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Choose or Lose

Where do you line your eyes?

  • Upper and lash line (42%, 423 Votes)
  • Upper lash line only (34%, 335 Votes)
  • Waterline only (12%, 118 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (7%, 69 Votes)
  • Lower lash line only (5%, 52 Votes)

Total Voters: 997

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49 thoughts on “Choose or Lose: Where do you line your eyes?

  1. HoneyBrown1976

    I only line my upper lash. I would like to do my lower lash, but I can’t because I don’t really know how and I don’t have the patience!

  2. alexis

    Upper lash line and water line

  3. I line my upper lash line 98% of the time and usually my lower lash line at least 75% of the time. Only on occasion to I line my water line and I only tight line with my mascara which is totally unintentional but I always happens.

  4. Lily

    I usually like my upper lash line, when I have more time I would do both upper and lower. and sometimes waterline.

  5. Teresa

    Upper lash line and both upper and lower waterlines.

  6. ForeverApril

    I line my upper lash line and waterline.. sometimes if I’m feeling extra sassy I do the outer 1/3 of my lower lash line too…

  7. HoneyBrown1976

    Okay, I’m going to sound stupid, but what is the waterline?

    • Michelle

      It’s the shelf that’s above your lower lash line that’s moist – when you cry it’s where your tears build up before falling.

  8. I usually do both upper and lower lash line, then either lower waterline with white or upper and lower waterline with black or a coordinating color to my shadow

  9. jess

    I love the way lining my waterline looks, but I have very, very sensitive eyes and I can’t find a liner that doesn’t make my eyes red and watery and gross. :(

  10. AshBash

    i do upper only or upper and lower but never just lower.

  11. Traci

    I like my upper lash line usually but sometimes I will like upper and lower lash line and upper and lower waterlines. when i want to be super dramatic

  12. firepail

    I do any or all the above depending on my mood, but pretty much always line my upper lash line at least.

  13. Shefali

    Depends on the look – softer look, outer lower lash line. Bolder look, waterline and upper lash line.

  14. Lower waterline, always. Upper waterline, almost always, unless I’m using a white or gold liner on the lower waterline. Occasionally I do the lower lashline, and on rare occasions I line the upper lashline – when I’m doing a more dramatic or vintage-style look.

  15. lawyergirl

    I feel like the single greatest discovery I have ever made in 34 years is lining my waterline. Thanks to this site too!!! I followed the tutorial on the smokey eye look for a wedding and received so many compliments. Since then, I receive nothing but compliments on my make-up. I think that by not lining the waterline, i just looked washed out. Now my eyes look dramatic. I love it. Thanks Temptalia!!!

  16. Lexi

    Depends! When I do colorful or smokey eyeshadow I’ll line my bottom lash line with color, waterline with black and top lash line with black. When I do my every day face I only wear upper lid eyeliner.

  17. Macaddict

    I do any of the above or a combo of lower-upper lash line dependin g on my looks and or my mood.

  18. IZzySA

    For HoneyBrown: the water line is the light area over your bottom lashes right next to the actual eyeball.. As for me, I line upper, outer lower line and water line every day. I tried the Madonna style lining, catlike upper and winged lower and although it looked ok, I felt it was waaaay too much even for evenings.

  19. Carrie

    50% of the time, upper only for a “cute rounded doll-eye look”
    50% of the time, upper with lower waterline for “sexy rockstar look”

  20. Letitia

    I do a mixture of everything! Upper, tightline, waterline, lower lashline… It depends on the look I’m attempting to accomplish!

  21. tricia

    i line upper and waterline. i use prescriptives gel liner with nars #9 brush(works great no smudges) and almay eyeliner for waterline(ive been useing this for years,works perfect for waterline and its cheap!)

  22. DaniMae

    I generally only use liner on my lid, but I just discovered MAC Kohl liner and that works really well for me on the water line bottom lash line. I do liner on the bottom occasionally now.

  23. Kimberly

    I line both upper & lower lash lines & water lines as well.

  24. JillyB

    It depends on how much makeup I’m wearing. Always on the upper lash line. Fairly often on the lower lash line. I like wearing it on the bottom water line but have trouble finding a liner that will last- so far I can only use Fluidline.

  25. I’m definitely a “top” liner. I try to do the waterline, but no matter what brand I use it usually ends up running. Even Urban Decay 24/7 liners don’t last too long on my waterline.

  26. maddie

    upper lash and waterline most of the time.. i do the lower lash sometimes

    BTW, low do u do the upper water line??? i cant keep my upper lid from quivering!!!

  27. Satine

    Always: top lash

    Sometimes: bottom lash

    Rarely: water line

  28. summer

    top lash and waterline

  29. I have been on a serious eyeliner kick lately so I line upper lower and both inner upper & lower waterlines. I SO love Urban Decay’s 24/7 eyeliners, especially in Rockstar! I also am addicted to MAC’s Wolf liner.

  30. monica

    upper lashline and lower waterline, always. i always thought JUST lining my upper lashline looked incomplete and awkward.

    and up until recently, i always thought lining your lower waterline was the ONLY way to put liner on your lower lid. silly me, i guess.

    i gotta figure out how to line the lower lashline though…lol.

  31. lower lash line…lower waterline…upper lash line…upper water line.
    i love dark lined eyes….BLACK
    with colored pencil n stuff…it depends on the look

  32. If I’m using pencil liner, I do both upper and lower lashline. I always have something on my lower lash line, because I normaly do a thick line with my shadow. I always line my waterline.

    That all being said, I don’t line my lower lashline with gel liner…

  33. Stephanie

    Lower lashline only. I have limited eyelid space, so upper lid liner looks like dark eyeshadow and mascara is usually enough. I feel it’s more important to emphasize my lower eyelids, as it really does make a difference! Without the lower lid eyeliner, my eyes looks “lost” in my face, lol. It’s also because I have sparse lower eyelid lashes, and putting eyeliner there is very effective/much more effective than mascara.

  34. Andrea

    I actually line the inside of my upper rim. Its amazing because you don’t look at your eyes and see Woah Eyeliner!!! but it defines your lashes and your lid so well. If I want to look more done up I’ll line the outside of my lower lid as well. Usually if I do the “waterline” (which I’m assuming is the inner of the lower lid) it gets everywhere because my eyes water sooo bad. Sometimes it even does this if I line the outside of the lower lid which is why I mostly stick to the inside of my upper rim. Don’t poke yourself but you should try it. Looks awesome. Its also a way to play with crazy colors without looking…well, crazy because it comes out very subtle.

  35. emily

    i do my lower waterline and upper tightline :)

  36. kat

    I either do the entire top and cat eye it, or more commonly I do the outside corner. Like top and bottom but only the outside part of my eye. I used to just do the bottom outside corner (I have tiny squinty eyes and this really helps open them up!) but I find it looks a bit more natural with the top a little bit too…. fun :)!

  37. I have fairly big eyes, and more lower eyelid than most (not Tim Curry lids or anything though!!) so I look TERRIBLE when I line the lower line! I only line the top, because it brings my eyes up. When I line the bottom, it brings them way down. I look like a cracked out hooker.

  38. Frances

    I line both my waterlines, as well as my upper lash line. I usually go for a sort of pointed corner.

  39. carriespooner

    Upper/lower always.

    Waterline when the smokey eye comes out.

    Not too much.. I think it looks weird on me.

  40. I usually do my upper lashline, upper waterline, and on occasion the lower waterline. I really like to line the inner corners of my eye, in the waterline area, because the skin in the corners of my eyes pulls down in a unique way and it really makes my eyes stand out.

    I’m also a big fan of just liquid liner swiped over the top lid, along with a neutral eyeshadow tone.

  41. It depends. If I’m not wearing eyeshadow, I’ll normally just line the upper lash line. If I am wearing more makeup, I’ll line the upper and lower lash lines and the waterline. The only thing I don’t like to do is tightline. I get freaked out when I see the brush coming at my eyeball like that!

  42. Carla

    I always do my Upper lash line and my lower waterline. Sometimes I will do the lower lash line also, but not every day!

  43. Haley

    upper lash line and waterline. always. :]

  44. karen

    upper 2/3+ lower 1/3+ white waterline alwayyss <3

  45. Sarah

    I wear eyeliner (pencil, gel, cake and liquid) as a small outward flick and always use a pencil to colour in my waterline – only the inner corner (top and bottom) waterline though, if i completely cover my waterline my eyes look small, plus it’s too dramatic for everyday, if i wear it the way i do (partially) it enhances the almond or catty shape of my eyes and makes them pop if i use a lighter (white/cream) liner pencil on the remainder of waterline.
    try it! :)

  46. Sloan

    I always line my Upper lid and I tight line.
    Always with Fluidline.

    Rarely do I intentionally line my waterline, but if i blink too many times before the fluidline sets, I usually get a faint bit on the waterline.

  47. Mirna

    Upper lash line and the waterline.