In this experiment, I am going to attempt to create the perfect cut crease in only 7 days. Cut creases are no small feat in the beauty world. They are visually stunning, but not so easy to perfect. Do you think I can achieve the perfect cut crease in 7 days? Keep reading to find out!

First, let’s begin by addressing what exactly is a cut crease?

According to this article on Glamour.Com, a cut crease is “a technique used to define the crease by “cutting” across it with a contrasting eyeshadow color and little to no blending.

“If done right, a cut crease will change your makeup game if you have a medium to heavy fold. It lifts your eyes and makes them appear more open,” says makeup artist and YouTuber Sona Gasparian. “You instantly lift your eyelids with this technique. And what’s great about it is that you can go super soft or really dramatic depending on your mood.”

Well, let’s get to the actual experiment to see if I can create a cut crease in only 7 days!

Cut Crease Experiment:

Statement of the Problem:

Is It possible to create a cut crease eye look in only seven days?

I did a bit of research on exactly what is a cut crease and what materials I would need. Once all my materials were gathered and preliminary research was finished, I was ready to start the experiment. 

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Hypothesis:

My hypothesis is:

With enough research and the correct beauty tools, I will be able to create a beautiful cut crease in only 7 days.

Materials:

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Beauty Products:

Tools:

Note: Eyebrows have already been done and are not included

Procedure:

Background: I have some knowledge of cut creases and have attempted a couple. I haven’t had much luck with them at all (they totally don’t look like the ones you see on Instagram).

I will be creating cut crease looks for 7 days in a row using the same materials. Note: the shades may change, but the products will not. I will only be using one of my eyes to create the cut crease. I will also be timing how long it takes me to accomplish each look.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Attempt first cut crease from preliminary research

Step 2: Spend 1 day watching YouTube videos on cut creases and attempt another cut crease

Step 3: Create a cut crease using this tutorial

Step 4: More YouTube research and attempt another cut crease

Step 5: Even more YouTube research and another cut crease attempt

Step 6: See if this cut crease hack and tutorial actually work

Step 7: Use all knowledge learned and attempt final cut crease

Results (Data):

Day 1:

This is my first cut crease attempt. I only used the knowledge I previously had and from collecting research. It is a fairly blind attempt at a cut crease. 

Here is my result:

Cut Crease Experiment Day

I am actually really impressed with how the first cut create turned out. I really love the brushes and palette I picked to create these looks. My blending could definitely use some work, especially on the outer corners. I could also benefit from some clean-up work to create sharper edges.

For this attempt, I used all the materials. I started by priming my eyes and added a flesh tone eyeshadow over the primer. Next, I used a black eyeliner to trace my crease and blended it out with the E.l.f. Professional Eyeshadow Brush. It looked really messy before blending.

I continued blending out the black eyeliner with an eyeshadow that was slightly darker than flesh tone. I used the Luxie 231 brush for this step. To retrace the original line, I used the Morphe M562 brush with black eyeshadow. Can I just say that I am obsessed with this brush? It was so easy to get right into the crease.

Finally, I added the white eyeshadow (L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Paris Beach) to my lid. I completed the look with winged eyeliner (Kat Von D Tattoo Liner) and mascara (Maelle Above & Beyond Mascara).

This whole process took me 17 min 21 sec for just one eye.

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Day 2:

Here are the videos I watched (I simply searched for “How To Cut Crease Eyeshadow” on Youtube and picked from the top results):

Let me know if you have any favorite Cut Crease YouTube Tutorials.

Here are some tips I took away:

  1. Use tape to get sharp lines
  2. Slowly build up eyeshadow
  3. Concentrate the darkest shade into crease line
  4. Use Q-Tip to clean up shadow on lid before applying lid shadow
  5. Apply concealer before shadow to really cut the crease
  6. Try gel eyeliner (brown) for cut creases
  7. Keep winged eyeliner thin to medium so it doesn’t take away from the cut crease
  8. Brush position matters. Hold brush “straight in” or “upwards”

Here is my result:

Cut Crease Experiment Day 2

I really love how the second cut crease turned out. I really love the brushes and palette I picked to create these looks. My blending still could definitely use some work, especially on the outer corners (this part is the trickiest for me). My clean up work is much better this time!

For this attempt, I used all most of the materials. I attempted a few of the tips I learned from the YouTube videos I watched to create this 2nd cut crease. I started by priming my eyes and added a flesh tone eyeshadow over the primer.  Next, I used a brown cream eyeliner (with an eyeliner brush) to trace my crease and blended it out with the E.l.f. Professional Eyeshadow Brush. It looked really messy before blending.

I continued blending out the brown gel eyeliner with an eyeshadow that was flesh tone. I used the Luxie 231 brush for this step. To retrace the original line, I used the Morphe M562 brush with a dark brown eyeshadow. I made sure to watch my brush position and kept blending until a soft look was achieved.

I cleaned my lid from any powder using micellar water. This step really helps to prepare the lid for concealer, which I applied using a small concealer brush. Finally, I added the white eyeshadow (L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Paris Beach) to my lid.

I completed the look with winged eyeliner (Kat Von D Tattoo Liner) and mascara (Maelle Above & Beyond Mascara). I made sure to keep my winged eyeliner thin so it didn’t take away from my cut crease. The result was awesome! It is much softer than my first attempt and perfect for every day.

This whole process took me 15 min 53 sec for just one eye.

Day 3:

I used this tutorial to create my 3rd cut crease attempt. I went through all the slides step by step using my materials listed under “Materials”. 

Here is my result:

Cut Crease Experiment Day 3

This tutorial wasn’t really that easy. I had to blend more than usual and I had a lot of mistakes that I had to clean up. The end result was pretty good. I will totally have to keep practicing with this tutorial because I really think it could work. The eyeliner I used was probably not the best for this method. You need to use a very creamy eyeliner that is easy to smudge.

Overall, I do like this method and the steps were simple and easy to follow. I forgot to time this look. However, I believe it took me around 15 minutes to complete one eye.

Day 4:

Here are the videos I watched (I simply searched for “How To Cut Crease Eyeshadow” on Youtube and picked from the results):

Here are some tips I took away:

  1. Blend, Blend, BLEND
  2. Add color slowly and blend
  3. Drag concealer to create the “cat-eye” shape
  4. Don’t neglect your lower lash line
  5. For a cut crease, GO ABOVE your natural crease
  6. Angle brushes are best for cut creases

Here is my result:

Cut Crease Experiment Day 4

I really love how the fourth cut crease turned out. It is my favorite so far! My blending is getting so much better and so is my clean-up work. I finally feel like I am really getting the hang of cut crease looks and I love it!

For this attempt, I used all most of the materials. I attempted a few of the tips I learned from the YouTube videos I watched to create this 4th cut crease. I started by priming my eyes and added a flesh tone eyeshadow over the primer.  Next, I used a brown cream eyeliner (with an angled eyeliner brush) to trace my crease.

I started blending various shades above the cut crease line. A transition shade was used first and blended out with a fluffy Morphe brush. Next, I added a matte brown shade slightly above the crease and blended out with the Luxie 231 brush. To retrace the original line, I used the Morphe M562 brush with a very dark brown eyeshadow. I made sure to watch my brush position and kept blending until a soft look was achieved.

I cleaned my lid from any powder using micellar water. This step really helps to prepare the lid for concealer, which I applied using a small concealer brush. Finally, I added the white eyeshadow (L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Paris Beach) to my lid.

I completed the look with winged eyeliner (Kat Von D Tattoo Liner) and mascara (Maelle Above & Beyond Mascara). I made sure to keep my winged eyeliner thin so it didn’t take away from my cut crease. The result was awesome! I am finally starting to see Instagram beauty guru results! Practice really does make perfect!

This whole process took me 18 min for just one eye.

Day 5:

Here are the videos I watched (I simply searched for “How To Cut Crease Eyeshadow” on Youtube and picked from the results):

Here are some tips I took away:

  1. Start carving cut crease in the middle of the eye and blend out
  2. You can also use foundation to sharpen up the crease line
  3. Start with creating shape of cut crease

Here is my result:

Cut Crease Experiment Day 5

I really love how the fifth cut crease turned out. It is my favorite so far! My blending is getting so much better and so is my clean-up work. I am feeling more confident in my cut crease abilities. I now want to master some colorful cut crease looks.

For this attempt, I used all most of the materials. I attempted a few of the tips I learned from the YouTube videos I watched to create this 5th cut crease. I started by priming my eyes and added a flesh tone eyeshadow over the primer.  Next, I used a brown cream eyeliner (with an angled eyeliner brush) to trace my crease. I started outlining my cut crease in the center and blended outward.

After I had my cut crease line, I started blending various shades above the cut crease line. A transition shade was used first and blended out with a fluffy Morphe brush. Next, I added a matte brown shade slightly above the crease and blended upwards with the Morphe M503 brush. To retrace the original line, I used the Morphe M562 brush with a very dark brown eyeshadow. I made sure to watch my brush position and kept blending until a soft look was achieved.

I cleaned my lid from any powder using micellar water. This step really helps to prepare the lid for concealer, which I applied using a small concealer brush. Finally, I added the white eyeshadow (L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Paris Beach) to my lid.

I completed the look with winged eyeliner (Kat Von D Tattoo Liner) and mascara (Maelle Above & Beyond Mascara). I made sure to keep my winged eyeliner thin so it didn’t take away from my cut crease. The result was awesome! I am finally starting to see Instagram beauty guru results! Practice really does make perfect! I can’t wait to try a double cut crease now!

This whole process took me 19 min 45 sec for just one eye. The longer it takes the better it looks.  

Day 6:

I used this tutorial and this video to create my 3rd cut crease attempt. I went through all steps using my materials listed under “Materials” and a plastic spoon. Below is my result!

Wow!! I am so shocked that this hack ACTUALLY WORKS! You can actually use a spoon to create a gorgeous cut crease. It was fairly easy to do too. The hardest part is holding the spoon at the correct angle for each eye.

I think the spoon works best for giving you a sharp line/guide as to where to start your cut crease. It also does a great job at preventing the shadow from falling onto your lid. If you have no idea how to do a cut crease or where to start, this hack is perfect for you.

Here is my result:

Cut Crease Experiment Day 6

Some tips for using this hack:

  • The tutorial video helps so I recommend watching it.
  • Remove the spoon every so often to make sure you are putting color exactly where you want it
  • Once you have your cut crease guideline remove the spoon and finish blending
  • Start with your darkest color on your smallest brush (I used an angled eyeliner brush) and finish with your lightest color on your biggest brush (I used the Luxie 231 small tapered blending)
  • Be sure to gradually add darker colors and blend, blend, blend
  • I didn’t use any concealer on my lids to carve out the crease. You can, but I find this hack creates a very sharp line and concealer isn’t necessary.

Overall, I am so impressed with how this cut crease turned out. It still requires practice and time, but it makes it much easier to know where to place your colors. This hack might not work for every single eye shape, but for my eye shape…it works great. I highly recommend trying it and I will definitely be using this hack more often.

There is no time for this look because I was following along with the tutorial as I was doing my eye.

Day 7:  

For my final cut crease attempt, I decided to experiment a little. I feel so much more confident in my cut crease abilities. Therefore, I decided to do a backward cut crease. It is a totally new concept and something I wanted to experiment with.

Usually, a cut crease is created using dark colors in the crease and light colors on the lid. I wanted to reverse this. Dark colors will be used on the lid, while light colors will be used in the crease.

Here is my result:

Cut Crease Experiment Day 7

This look was so fun to create. I didn’t time it because I was experimenting to see if it would even turn out. However, I am thrilled with the result. It is so different and cool.

I first applied a white cream eyeliner above the crease. This was my guideline. Next, I blended out the crease with light ivory, white, and pink shades. Then I added the brown cream liner as my base and applied the dark shadows on top.

Finally, I completed the look with winged white eyeliner (Lime Crime Lunar Sea) and mascara (Maelle Above & Beyond Mascara). I made sure to keep my winged eyeliner thin so it didn’t take away from my cut crease. The result was awesome!

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Conclusions:

I accept my hypothesis (With enough research and the correct beauty tools, I will be able to create a beautiful cut crease in only 7 days.)

I was able to successfully create a cut crease in only 7 days. My cut crease abilities greatly improved after each attempt. I now feel like I am ready to slay the Instagram cut crease game. Like the saying goes…Practice really does make perfect or at least close to it!  

My first cut crease attempt was fairly sloppy. I didn’t exactly know what I was doing. All I had was a picture and my products. It also took me a fair amount of time to create the looks. My blending could have definitely used some work.

As the days progressed, my blending skills and sharp lines improved immensely. I was also gaining confidence. Watching many YouTube tutorials and listening for tips definitely contributed to my success. You can seriously learn so much on YouTube these days. 

I was surprised to see that time it took me to complete each look was fairly consistent. The more I blended the more time it took me to create a flawless cut crease. The final result improved as I took more time to blend and slowly add various eyeshadow shades. 

To my surprise, the spoon hack actually worked. However, I do think it depends on your eye shape and what type of spoon you use in order for this hack to be successful. I used a plastic spoon which was great for my eye shape. 

Some possible experimental errors are as follows:

  • I do have background knowledge in basic makeup skills (a total beginner in makeup might not have the same results)
  • I did some preliminary research before starting the experiment. It was important to gather my resources before I began. My initial starting cut crease might have been worse without this preliminary research
  • I had a few days in between some of my cut crease attempts to work on other projects. Therefore, results might be different if the experiment is performed over 7 consecutive days. 
  • I am a visual learner so watching YouTube tutorials might not be as effective for someone that is a different learning type (audio, reader, etc)

I truly learned that Practice Is Key! This statement is true throughout so many aspects of the beauty world. Keep practicing and you too will be able to achieve an Instagram-worthy cut crease. 

I hope you enjoyed this cut crease experiment. Be sure to check out more of my Beauty Experiments and stay tuned for the next one!

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