How to Get the Look: Cut Crease Tutorial

by Ivy Boyd

How to Get the Look: Cut Crease Tutorial

With the sun setting earlier and earlier each evening, fall is the perfect time to start experimenting with more dramatic eye looks. I created a cut crease tutorial to show you how to add high drama and high impact!


Popularized by super fabulous drag queens, a cut crease is a sharply-defined, exaggerated eye crease shape, mostly commonly done with eyeliner and blended out. Although it looks complicated, and definitely takes a little practice, when broken down, this cut crease tutorial makes it quite simple and can make a small eye actually look larger. This would be a great look for a bachelorette party or a night out dancing.



To create this look, you’ll need the following products:


  • Pale, shimmery vanilla eye shadow like Urban Decay Virgin from the Naked Palette.
  • Black cream or gel eyeliner like Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner in Deep Black.
  • Black eye shadow like Urban Decay Creep from the Naked Palette.
  • Burgundy or purple matte eye shadow like MAC Blackberry.
  • Black liquid eyeliner like Kat Von D Tattoo liner in Trooper.
  • Maybelline Lash Discovery waterproof mascara.
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes mascara.
  • Optional: Set of false lashes like e.l.f. Natural Lash Kit.


Also, the following tools will make the process much easier for you:


  • Flat shader brush for applying lid color like Sephora Pro Shader Brush #18.
  • Smudge brush like Sephora Classic Smudge Brush.
  • Synthetic, angled liner brush like e.l.f. Studio Small Angled Brush.
  • Small crease brush like Sephora Classic Crease Shadow Brush.
  • Pencil brush like Sephora Pro Precision Smudge Brush #29.



Ready to cut those creases ladies? Let’s do the damn thing:


  1. Begin with primed eyelids and pat the shimmery vanilla shade all over the lid with your flat shader brush.
  2. Take your angled liner brush and draw a thin line of gel or cream liner just above your natural crease, winging it out at the end slightly.
  3. Immediately smudge and blend the line upwards with a dense smudge brush dipped in black shadow.
  4. Follow with a matte burgundy or purple shadow on a small crease brush, blending upwards toward the brow.
  5. Reinforce your original crease line by going back over with the gel or cream liner.
  6. Create a dramatic winged cat eye line with liquid liner.
  7. Apply a burgundy or purple shade to the lower lash line and follow with mascara.
  8. Coat your top and bottom lashes with mascara.
  9. Apply a set of false lashes if desired.
  10. Be awesome and fabulous and rule the world.


Watch the video below to see how to create a cut crease eye.



For more makeup inspiration from Ivy go to Wake Up For Makeup!