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What Is a Cut Crease?

Everything You Need to Know to Become a Cut Crease Queen

If you're a makeup and YouTube devotee, you've probably seen dozens of cut crease looks and tutorials, and there is no denying they are fabulous. But when it comes to re-creating at home, it all looks incredibly professional. You might find yourself unsure what the technique is or how to achieve it. If so, read on to become a cut crease queen.

What Is a Cut Crease?

A cut crease is the technique of using different coloured eye makeup to cut across the eyelid to form a sharp contrast in colours. This sharp cut is then not blended, forming a clear crease on the eyelid. Many makeup enthusiasts use neutral toned colours to make their eyes appear more open. Or you can go the dramatic route with bold hues.

How to Do It?

Start by priming your whole eyelid, then use a light base shadow colour for your lid. There are two ways to create the cut, either using concealer or creating lines with darker shadow. The former requires forming a line of darker coloured shadow in your crease and blending this out. Then add bright concealer with a small brush to form the round crease shape underneath the blended line you just created. Once blended, go over the concealer with a colour shadow to create contrast.

The other method involves using a shadow brush to create the shape carefully, then adding the next shadow underneath that cut but without blending the two together. A lot of people have used a plastic spoon to hack the perfect shape. Follow this with additional coloured shadows in the inner corners of the eyes or lower lashes, winged liner, and false lashes for a glam finish. There are so many variations of the cut crease so you can really play around with the technique to find out which colours and shapes suit you. Although it takes some practice to perfect, once you get it right, it can look incredible.

If you're still confused, allow us to point you in the direction of queen cut creases aka Nikkie Tutorials in the video above.

Who Should Do It?

Everyone! Cut creases open up the eyes due to the lack of blending and can make the eyes look more open and work on each eye shape. It is also a great technique if you want a brighter or more dramatic eye makeup look.

Ahead, see some of our favourite types of cut creases to inspire your next look.

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