If you're looking for a new way to define your eyes, the cut crease eye shadow technique is the one to try. It contrasts eye shadow in the crease of your eye, sans extensive blending, for a defined look. Follow these steps to create your own version:
1. Prime! The first step is to use a primer made specifically for your eyelids. It will provide extra staying power for all the work you're about to do.
2. Apply. Next, apply your base shadow to the entire lid. We like a good neutral here.
Then grab your favorite highlighting product and apply it along the brow bone and the inner corners of the eyes. This will open up your eyes and make you look refreshed.
3. Sketch it Out. Here's where the fun begins. Using your favorite eyeliner, sketch a v-shape from the crease in the middle of your eye to the outer corner of your eye. The line should get thicker and heavier towards the outer corner and lighter as you move in.
Another way to think of it: you're creating a rounded check mark from the outer corner of your eye into the crease.
4. Blend. Now it's time to blend. Remember, you want to leave that sharp, defined line at the crease - it's what makes this look work! So when you're blending, start at the crease and work up and out.
5. Apply Shadow. Now that you have a nice guide for your shadow, apply any color you'd like over the top. Make sure to blend it out and in towards the corner of your eye.
At this point, you should also clean up any mistakes you've made.
6. BONUS steps. These are optional but really give your eyes a special flair. So if you've got an event or just want to feel fabulous, try them out!
You can wing out your eyeliner, which is so gorgeous, especially with this look. You can also use the same eye shadow from your lids along your lower lash line. It adds a sweet pop of color and really completes the look. If you're looking for some beautiful colors to try out with this technique, we highly recommend the Violet Voss Holy Grail eye shadow palette. It's a limited edition summer palette with 20 highly pigmented colors and includes mattes, metals and satin. We love this one! This technique can take a few tries to get just right, but once you do, it's so worth it! Take an off day to practice this look and wow your friends with your gorgeous eye definition. It's totally glamorous, but not just for the red carpets!