Yes, Cut Crease Eyeshadow Is Still a Thing — So Here's How to Do It

These six simple steps will take your makeup to new heights.

Yes, Cut Crease Eyeshadow Is Still a Thing — Here's How to Do It
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As far as eye makeup trends go, cut crease eyeshadow is one of the more evergreen ones. While it had its renaissance in 2017 during the YouTube boom, it's been around and prominent since the 50s.

Eddie Duyos, a New York-based professional makeup artist and Senior Manager of Pro Education & Artistry for Make Up For Ever in North America, says there have been three popular iterations of the trend in recent history. "There's a 50s Marilyn Monroe style that is matte in texture while soft and blended, a 70s Diana Ross disco cut crease that adds color and shine with a bit more definition, and lastly, a 60s Twiggy eye with strong contrast using black and white for a bold graphic effect."

Makeup has no rules, and you can adapt a cut crease to be whatever you want it to be. So, to clearly understand what it entails and how to create it, whatever your eye shape, we tapped two pro artists for tips.

What Is a Cut Crease?

"A cut crease is an eye technique of applying eyeshadow that clearly defines and separates the upper lid from the mobile lid by creating a sharp definition right in the contour of the eye," explains Duyos.

How Do You Do a Cut Crease?

Step one: Apply an eyeshadow primer to ensure your makeup stays put and goes on evenly. "If you don't have an eye primer on-hand, I like to take any excess foundation from my brush and sweep over the lid to act as a primer for eyeshadow and eyeliner," says Duyos.

Step two: Use a dark eyeshadow or eye pencil and apply it to the crease. "Starting with a darker shade will help to define the end result of the cut crease," explains Jamie Greenberg, a Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist.

Step three: Blend it out. "Using the tip of a small flat brush, blend the line towards the inner and outer corner of the eye as well as slightly blend upwards," suggests Duyos.

Step four: Add a transition shade above your newly defined cut crease, then Duyos says to blend it up toward the brow.

Step five: Apply full-coverage concealer to your lid. Greenberg says this will cut and cover your entire eyelid stopping right before the crease and giving you a precise and sharp eyeshadow look.

Step six: For your last step, Greenberg says to pack on a lighter eyeshadow shade directly where you placed the concealer to lock it in and prevent any creasing.

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How Can You Create a Cut Crease if You Have Monolid or Hooded Eyes?

Makeup is like painting in that you can create any look you want with the right technique. "If you have hooded or monolid eyes, follow the steps above, but instead of stopping before the crease, you would want to pull up a little above the crease to create the illusion," suggests Greenberg.

Are There Any makeup Hacks for Creating a Cut Crease?

"If you need help creating a cut crease, an easy hack is by using a spoon to help guide where to put the darker shadow in your crease," says Greenberg. "Simply place the spoon over your eyelid, and start blending the darker shadow above where the top of the spoon falls."

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