How to Create a Perfect Cut Crease Eyeshadow Look
If you search on YouTube for “cut crease” you will be left in a sea of thumbnails of what seem like the perfect cut crease!
Most people believe it is just a different way of applying eye makeup but in fact, a good cut crease will do wonders for your eyes! This ingenious look will make any eyes appear bigger and brighter.
"Cut creasing" is actually a technique that has been around for a very long time! Defining the eye socket was essential before but today it’s all about the dramatic effect. It consists of applying a lighter shade of eyeshadow all over the lid and then, defining your eye socket by placing a darker shade right along the top of your crease line.
Here are all the steps to the perfect cut-crease look:
- Cut creasing will not work if the eyeshadows blend on each other so it’s essential that you apply a generous amount of eye primer - it will keep each color in its place.
- Apply a light colored eyeshadow all over your lids, up to your eyebrows - this will be the base for your look and it will also provide a great smooth finish.
- Use a pencil eyeliner (or liquid if your hands are really steady) and draw out an outer V-shape - start from the middle of your lid right over your natural lid crease. Extend that line to the corners and finish the outer corner of the eye by linking that line to the lash line (creating a horizontal V).
- Use a small blending eyeshadow brush to blend the eyeliner - try not to blend it downwards towards your crease, concentrate on blending the line upwards and in windshield side motions. This is when you will be defining the placement of the cut crease.
- You now have a blended line of eyeliner. The next step is to apply the darker eyeshadow of your choice (contrasting to the light shade you’ve applied first) - use the blended line as a guide and apply the eyeshadow over it and slightly above. Don’t go below the guideline!
- If your cut crease lacks definition, use a wet brush in a patting motion to enhance the cut - use the brighter, lighter color you applied first and go along the bottom of the eyeliner you created as a guideline. Use it as a sort of corrector to hide all darker eyeshadow spots under the guideline and to create the perfect definition.
- Now you must connect the make-up you have over your crease to your lash line. For that, you will create a line right along your lashes with the same eyeliner and darker eyeshadow you used before. Apply as a normal eyeliner and then connect the line in the outer corners to the guideline of your cut crease! You should create a thicker line at the outer corners - like a bold V shape.
- Clean up around the darker shade with a blending brush and if you like the drama, go ahead and use some false lashes!
Don’t give up on your first try - the cut-crease is one of the most difficult looks to achieve but if you dare to practice for a while, you will find it’s actually not that hard!
Here's an easy cut crease tutorial from Ronke Raji!