The surprising way to perfect cut-crease eye makeup

It may seem strange, but hey, if it works...

There are very few makeup techniques that can elevate your look and add instant drama and intensity quite like a cut-crease can. If you’ve never heard of the trend before, the eye-enhancing trick involves drawing a sharp line with eyeshadow or a super-blendable liner across the crease of your eyelid before blending the colour up and out towards the brow bone to add depth to to your eye makeup look. It is, however, notoriously tricky to master.

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Thankfully, beauty blogger, Juliana Leme has shared her surprising (and incredibly simple) hack for perfecting the cut-crease eye makeup look, every time. In fact, the hack is so simple, all you need is a soft drink bottle cap.

In a recent video posted on her Instagram, Leme used a bottle cap as a stencil for tracing a precise and defined line of eyeshadow across her crease. By using the bottle cap as a guide, not only is a well-placed and even line guaranteed, but the need for super-steady hands is also eliminated as shadow can be applied in a quick window washer style in no time at all.

Once Leme nails the defined line, she simply follows by blending the shadow upwards with a clean fluffy brush, creating a soft, yet multi-dimensional look.

The best thing about cut-crease eye makeup and Leme’s hack is that both light and dark shades can be used with differing outcomes. If you’re after a more natural look for day-to-day, lighter matte brown, peach or bronze shades can be used to add a hint of depth and definition, while darker browns, greys and black can also be applied for a dramatic look, perfect for any night out.

To see Leme’s mini tutorial in full, check out the video below:

If you’re after more makeup tips and tricks, check out our guide to mastering blush in just three steps and the easiest way to nail winged liner in 3.5 seconds.

Image credit: Getty; @lozcurtis; @hudabeauty; @chloemorello

Video credit: @julianaleme_

Kate has worked for BEAUTYcrew since early 2016, first as a contributor, before being named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine.