You've probably heard the term cut crease—it's one of the most popular eyeshadow application techniques. But...what exactly is it? When you use the cut-crease technique you're essentially combining a light shade of eyeshadow, followed up by a line or "cut" placed in the crease to showcase definition and in return help the eyes appear wider, and more awake. If cut-crease eyeshadow looks are what you're after, you've come to the right place. We've rounded up some seriously gorgeous cut-crease looks right off Instagram that will undoubtedly inspire you for your next makeup look, (or several) and got some application advice from professional makeup artist Hayley Noel. From soft and natural to daring and dramatic, these looks will have you swooning in no time regardless of the occasion.
Re-create a 60's vibe cut crease look by using pastel hues like the ones shown here. Pastel green is applied on the lids while a deeper grey tone contours and enhances the crease. Makeup artist Hayley Noel says "To really sharpen the look and clean up any mistakes, I’d dip a tapered side of a beauty blender in a bit of makeup remover to extend and define the eyes’ outer corner" to help achieve this look.
A subtle feline click with liquid eyeliner paired with neutral shadow tones creates a gorgeous cut crease look that makes a statement at the same time. Makeup artist Hayley Noel points out, "For this look, I’d dip a pencil brush in a darker shadow and trace along the crease to outline the eye. I’ll even add some shadow to the lower lash line for more drama, and a 1960s effect."
Rock a silver cut crease that's elegant, you can opt for whichever shade of silver you like whether it has shimmering sparkles or more of a frosty finish.
Makeup artist Hayley Noel advises, "I always like to start a cut crease with a layer of concealer on the lid and up to the brow bone. I prefer using a shade or two lighter than my skin tone. This way you get the brightness at the center of the lid. Any bright shadow you layer will really pop."
Soft and Dreamy
The dreamiest and most natural of cut crease looks, this soft eyeshadow pairing of earthy tones shows that cut crease trends can be classic and simple. Soft ivory pink on the lids cut with warm shadow tones in the crease along with liquid eyeliner to create a gorgeous winged liner has us taking serious notice. Giorgio Armani Beauty Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil ($30) is an excellent choice for waterline eyeliner that will stay put.
Sugar and Spice
Frosted and shimmering shadow on the lids with rust colors cutting the crease makes us think of a sugary sweet treat reminiscent of a cinnamon bun or snickerdoodle cookie. Blending the warmer colored shadow towards the brow helps to tie the look together so the shadow looks cohesive throughout.
Cut crease eyeshadow isn't just for one type of eyelid, you can create cut crease looks on anyone when your imagination takes over. For instance, creating cut crease looks for monolid eyes consists of building a crease with a darker color and accenting with lighter, airier shades on the lids as seen here.
Earthy and Elegant
Elegant earth tones with rich chocolate browns strike again in this beautiful cut crease look. Minimal shadow on the lids and detailed deep contour in the crease just works so well together, don't you think? We love the tiniest highlight detail placed on the inner corners of the eyes.
Golden eyeshadow paired with emerald tones give this jewel-toned cut crease look some extra flair—the contrast between the two stunning colors is a lovely example of how to wear color in a chic, modern way. This eyeshadow palette from Fenty Beauty has a beautiful selection of gold and green hues.