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What is a cut crease and how can you achieve it?

Learn how to make a statement with this bold eyeshadow trend

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From strobing to glass hair, the beauty community sees a huge range of trends come and go. One trend that quickly rose to fame in 2017 and has been going strong ever since is the cut crease.

This fabulous eyeshadow look is one that a number of beauty bloggers have featured on their channel. However, it isn't the easiest look to recreate. Luckily, we're here to tell you everything you need to know to achieve a flawless application every time.


What is a cut crease?

The cut crease look has gained increasing popularity over the past few years as it helps to draw attention to the eyes and makes them appear larger. So, what exactly does it involve?

Essentially, the cut crease technique involves using different eyeshadow colours to "cut" a sharp line across the lid. Unlike with most eyeshadow looks, though, the line is not blended in, forming a bold crease on the eyelid.

Note that the more contrasted the eyeshadow shades you pick are, the sharper your line will ultimately look.


How do you do a cut crease?

  1. Prime your eyelids. This should really be the first step with any eye makeup look. Priming will not only help your makeup to last all day – it's also essential for a cut crease as the look won't work if your eyeshadow colours blend together.
  2. Use a light base colour. Start by applying a lighter hue on your lids all the way up to your brows. This will give you a base to work with and highlight your entire eye area.
  3. Apply a darker transition shade. Using your darker coloured eyeshadow, form a line in your crease and blend it out towards the outer corner of your eye.
  4. Wing it. With a dark eyeliner shade, draw a line in your crease. The line should be thin, but should also mimic the shape of winged eyeliner with a flick out at the end.
  5. Add concealer. Using a bright concealer, fill in everything below the crease line you've created. Once blended, you can go over this with another eyeshadow shade to create a greater contrast.
  6. Finish it off. The crease cut look is often finished off with winged eyeliner and false eyelashes. While this is entirely optional, it will help to make your eyes look even bigger.


Who can do a cut crease?

While some eye shapes are definitely easier to perform a cut crease on, with a little practice, anyone can master the look. There are also a number of tutorials on YouTube if you need a bit more of a step-by-step guide.


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