Cut creases are a go-to look for many beauty enthusiasts and probably one of the most repeated eye looks in the makeup world. At this point, we can definitely consider it a classic makeup style. Despite its uniformity, artists have figured out different ways to reimagine the shape, just like London-based makeup artist Ana Takahashi did in late 2021. She flipped the style on its head and created a reverse cut crease that’s quickly become a widespread trend.
On November 30, Takahashi posted her smoked-out version of the cut crease, which you can view here, for her 80,000 Instagram fans to gaze at. The crease is cut with precision, but the way she inverted the shadows above the crease — as opposed to the standard clean brow bone — adds an edge to the popular shape. Below the dark brown cut crease, she painted a white eye shadow on three-quarters of the inner lid and blended the brown hue on the remaining outer eye. She buffed the same brown shadow above the crease near the inner corner and applied the white shadow on the brow bone. There are also traces of the chocolate brown eye shadow in a cat-eye shape on her lid and below the waterline.
The unique twist on the eye look caught our eyes and the eyes of almost 27,000 other people who liked the post. It was so good that it inspired other reverse cut crease recreations from quite a few other makeup enthusiasts.
Denmark-based content creator Freja Bermann created her own version of the inverted cut crease, switching out the white shadow for a minty green. She told Allure that she loved the retro vibe of the look and that it reminded her of the ’90s. She used the Kaleidos Makeup Futurism III: Astro Pink Palette to cut her crease and create the smoked-out brown line, similar to the original. With Beauty Bay’s The Pastels Palette, she swiped the mint hue on the lid and brow bone. With a pair of falsies, full-coverage complexion products, and a matte peach lipstick, the look was complete.