Have you spent hours and hours watching your favorite YouTube or Instagram MUA do cut crease, after cut crease so effortlessly? Did you feel that you watched enough of those videos that you could confidently accomplish the same cut crease? Or have you tried to do a cut crease and you were sorely disappointed with the lack of sharpness in your artistry? We’ve all been there haven’t we? I have few tips I believe will help you get that sharp cut crease you wish to achieve!
Many factors go into determining why or why not your cut crease may or may not be as sharp as you wish it to be. We have to take into consideration everything from the tools you use, to the products you use, to the techniques you use. Here are 5 reasons why your cut crease isn’t perfect:
We all know by now that not all concealers are created equally. You have to shop around and find one that works best for you. I know plenty of MUAs who use LA Girl Pro Concealer to cut their crease. While I love this concealer, I hate it for cutting the crease. It’s too wet, in my opinion. Even after letting it dry down, it’s still not quite dry enough for that sharp cut crease. I prefer the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Conceal & Contour in the shade C02. The product is very thick. This keeps the concealer from moving around and bleeding. Additionally, the concealer dries down completely. Once I have the cut crease the way I like, I don’t have to worry about blinking and ruining it. I’ve also heard great things about the P. Louise Makeup Academy Base, however I haven’t tried this product myself.
The products you use are important but not as important as the tools. You can have the best concealer in the world but if your brush isn’t up to par, you won’t be able to cut that crease perfectly. Which brush really comes down to preference, but there’s one thing they all need to have in common. The tip of the brush needs to be thin. Thick brushes pick up more product and they’re less precise. The thinner the hairs, the flatter the brush will be. If the brush is flat, the edges of your cut crease can be precise. One of my favorite MUAs, KiKi Adams, has an amazing video on how to prep your brush for a sharp cut crease!
You’ve got to take your time! “Slow and steady wins the race” is definitely a mantra to adopt during this process. Rushing can lead to lack of neatness, sharpness, and blended…ness. That’s not really a word, but you get my point. You can’t move quickly and expect a masterpiece. Set time aside and move slowly through the process. You’re less likely to make a mistake that way.
Lack of Practice
I know, I know! It’s probably not what you want to hear but at the end of the day, practice really does make perfect. You have to give yourself time to figure out what works for you. Some artists stamp each section of the cut crease, while others draw it with one continuous motion. Others draw it first, then sharpen it with a finer brush. Either way, the only way to figure out which method will work best for you is to practice! Furthermore, don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 10. There are plenty of MUAs such as Riquelle Medrano, better known as @makeupbyriquelle, who post their work from years ago side-by-side with their current work. The comparisons is shocking. Give yourself time to develop like the beautiful butterfly you are!
How do you get a perfect cut crease? Comment below!
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