How to Do a Cut Crease If You're Not Into Instagram Makeup

Hallie Gould
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Now that we're all slowly (but surely) navigating our sights away from overdone, hard to replicate, FaceTune-inspired Instagram makeup, it's time a few of the biggest makeup techniques follow suit. The cut crease—a popular eye shadow application that differentiates between the and crease of brow bone—is one of those dramatic looks that made it big on social media, with difficult to follow tutorials and awe-inspiring time-lapse videos. But, you don't have to say goodbye to it entirely, even if you're after a more natural look. Kelli Bartlett, the director of artistry and education for Glamsquad explains: "This look has become popular because it re-defines the eye shape, creating a defined lid and crease. Eye shapes that are more smooth or hooded can create dimension to the eye with this technique. It is very artistic and can be a great way to incorporate dramatic colours into your look. Often times, a lighter colour is used on the lid and a darker colour on the crease—creating depth."

"However," she continues, "the way to keep it from looking cheesy is to use neutral tones and blend, blend, blend. If you want to dial up the drama and channel Twiggy, use a white on lid and black on the crease."

Keep reading for the easiest way to get the look.

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