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Blink and You’ll See it: How to Master the Cut Crease Eyeshadow Trick in Six Steps

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The “cut crease” is a makeup technique that utilizes the contrast between light and dark eyeshadows to define the crease above the eye. While the beauty trick is not a new one, it has recently risen to fame on Instagram for its glam, eye-opening results. The cut crease looks striking on every set of eyes, and makes for a stunning evening look—especially when accompanied by a sharp cat-eye and a set of dramatic false lashes. However, unlike the smokey eye, the cut crease is not an easy technique to master. Below, we highlight how to flawlessly execute the cut crease eyeshadow trick in six simple steps.


An eyeshadow primer
A light, medium, and dark eyeshadow
A blending brush
A black eye pencil
Liquid eyeliner
False lashes


1. Apply an eyeshadow primer over your eyelids and up to your brow bone to ensure your shadow goes on smoothly. We suggest the Dior Backstage Eye Prime (US $28; AED/SAR 103).

2. Next, dust a light, natural eyeshadow over your eyelids. Choose a color that’s one shade darker than your natural skin tone. Try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Singles (US $12; AED/SAR 44).

3. Then trace your crease horizontally from your inner to outer eye with a soft eye pencil. We recommend the Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner (US $25; AED/SAR 92). Use a soft, fluffy brush to blend out the line.

4. Using a flat, stiff brush, sweep a dark, matte eyeshadow with a hint of shimmer onto your lids. Opt for the Urban Decay Eyeshadow (US $19; AED/SAR 70) in “Oil Slick,” and apply it over the line you just traced. Don’t forget to blend, blend, blend.

5. Once you’ve created a defined crease, apply a high impact eyeshadow color to your lids. Kat Von D’s Metal Crush Eyeshadow (US $21; AED/SAR 77) comes in an array of colorful, metallic hues for you to choose from.

6. Finish off your striking beauty look with a sharp cat-eye and a pair of The Glossy Makeup Abu Dhabi Lashes (US $41; AED/SAR 151).

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