Cut crease eye makeup has been dominating social media in recent months - and we're hardly surprised. Makeup fans from around the world have proven that you can play around with the fun beauty technique, experimenting with different shades and textures, like glitter and bold hues, on .
If you're wondering what on earth cut creasing is, allow us to explain. "Cut crease is a technique which enhances and defines the crease of the eye," says Sascha Jackson, head makeup artist at told GLAMOUR.
She continues: "Unlike the 'smoky' eye, the cut-crease uses a contrasting shade and little blending, and makes the eyes appear bigger by creating separation between the crease and the upper eye area."
We've always been a fan of the classic look, but we've been tempted to try a little something new thanks to a viral Reddit post. The new trend comes in the form of honeycomb cut crease, and it's perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
The trend started on , posted by Topaztaylor, and was quickly upvoted into Reddit stardom.
Ever since, plenty of Instagrammers have unknowingly hopped on the trend:
The technique, which complements all eye shapes, "modernises the 60s look," says Sascha. Remember the gorgeous Twiggy-style makeup that inspired a generation? This is the 21st-century version.
A cut crease looks amazing in photographs, too. It's a great way of adding depth to the eye and giving your makeup look a special twist.
Want to achieve the look? Follow Sascha's steps:
- Start with an eyeshadow a few shades lighter than the darkest one that you will use. Work this into the socket, but avoid the lid - you want to keep this area clean and light.
- Then take a dark shadow, like a deep brown or black, and work this into the lighter shade but concentrating on the crease keeping the lower edge sharp.
- For maximum effect, you can also finish off the cut crease by adding a dash of glitter along the crease, like Stila’s Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow. This gives a more dramatic look, along with a hint of sparkle.
Cheat's way: If you're after a super defined crease, apply your smoky eyeshadow as you normally would. Then, using a light liquid concealer and an angled eye brush, draw a line along your crease and fill in towards the lash line. It will create a dramatic contrast.
Need further direction? Check out our guide to a cut crease for monolids, and have a look at this easy-to-follow tutorial: