When an occasion doesn’t call for glamorous eye makeup, there’s always the cut crease technique for a more understated approach that’s still sure to impress! This eyeshadow look defines the eye with a striking line across the crease, often against a contrasting colour visible on the rest of the eyelid. A soft cut crease is a shade lighter or darker than the rest of the eye makeup – and here’s how to do it.
What you'll need:
- Eyeshadow primer
- A nude eyeshadow palette
- Fine tapered brush
- Crease brush
- Blending brush
Begin your look by applying a creamy eyeshadow primer like Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Smear a small amount of the primer directly over your entire eye area and blend with your blending brush. This provides a smooth canvas for building your eye makeup and prevents creasing.
Next, apply a nude eyeshadow over your entire upper eye area, including the lid and under the brow. You want the colour to almost disappear against your skin, so choose a shade closest to your natural skin tone. This will neutralise any pigmentation and keep your skin colour even.
Now comes the fun part. Choose a dark shade from the Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette as your cut crease line. This palette’s dark brown shade will stand out on fair skin, while darker skin should opt for the blue-black shade. Use the crease brush and stroke the shade in a half moon movement, over your eye crease.
Apply the lightest shade of eyeshadow using a finely tapered brush. This colour should be right underneath your dark eye crease and stay on your eyelid only. Fair skin should opt for the pearly white, while dark skin will look fab with the shimmery bronze colour.
Blend, blend, blend. The minimal contrast is created by blending the light and dark colours, smoothing the lines and separating them. Use your blending brush from the inner corner of the eye, working your way to the outer corner.
Once you’re satisfied with your blend, coat your lashes with a volumising mascara like the collagen-enriched L'Oréal Paris Mega Volume Collagene Mascara and use an eyeliner pencil to line your upper lash line. This will complete your eye makeup look.
A cut crease is the smoky eye’s elegant and edgy little sister. Finish the look off with your brows polished to perfection, and your lips matte and nude, and you’ll be ready to glow.