Is it possible to create a cut crease using only safer beauty products?
By now it shouldn’t be any secret that I’m leading a healthier lifestyle and am reading the ingredient labels of all my beauty products. It’s one of the many reasons why I joined Beautycounter. I’m also experimenting more with makeup and I’ve been wanting to tackle one thing outside my comfort zone: the cut crease using safer beauty.
But can it be done with safer beauty products? If you’re like most people, you’ll probably think that safer beauty = products that don’t work. To be honest, that’s also what I thought a few months ago. But that’s just simply not the case my friends.
See that cut crease up there? That was done with only safer beauty products. Is there room for improvement? Always! This was my FIRST time EVER attempting a cut crease. (To those of you who rock those on the daily–I bow down because ish ain’t easy!) I learned a lot, and while it wasn’t easy, it’s definitely a technique I’d love to practice more.
Because it was my first time attempting a cut crease, I needed lots of hand-holding. I followed this YouTube tutorial by the talented Kathleen Lights. Instead of using the products she used, I set out to challenge myself to replicate the look using only safer beauty. (Disclaimer: I do not know the safety of the ingredients in the products she used. But, since I have safer products at my disposal, I chose to use what I had on hand).
Was it easy? Uhhhh, considering this was my first time attempting a cut crease, not really, haha. But, would it really be me if I took the easy way out? I’m stubborn to the core LOL. There are so many ways to do a cut crease, and many of them are simple. But I fell in love with the look created by Kathleen Lights during my search for cut crease tutorials and I just knew I had to recreate it! Plus, it gave me an excuse to fiiiiinally use the shade Flame from the Necessary Neutrals palette!
I LOVE the gradient of colors in this eye look! I also love the combination of the warm Flame with the cooler Peacock from the Statement Palette. Don’t you?
I know that, with practice, I’ll be able to get a razor sharp cut crease. I think I used too much concealer, which made it difficult to control where it went, and made getting a straight edge almost impossible. So, lesson learned: use less concealer and use a thin second layer if needed. All in all, I’m quite pleased with the look and I’ll probably try it again for a special occasion like Christmas Eve.
Since I’m new to the safer beauty movement, the hardest part for me was replicating the shimmery half cut crease. I don’t yet have safer, high sheen powder eye shadows on hand but I do have the Stardust Cream Eyeshadows that have a sheen to them. I layered Celeste over Orion, and topped with Ivory from the Classic Palette to create the cut crease. I used a couple of different palettes to recreate this look, and I’ll list them below:
Safer Beauty Products Used to Create a Cut Crease
- Primer: Beautycounter Dew Skin in shade No. 3
- Foundation: Beautycounter Tint Skin in Honey
- Concealer + Color Corrector: Clove + Hallow Conceal + Correct in shade Concealer 4
- Concealer: Beautycounter Touchup Skin Concealer Pen in Medium 1
- Powder: Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder
- Bronzer: Beautycounter Radiant All Over Bronzer in Dune
- Blush: Beautycounter Satin Powder Blush in Date
- Highlight: Beautycounter First Light Highlighter in Halo
- Primer: Urban Decay Eye Potion in Original
- Cream Eyeshadow Base: Beautycounter Stardust Eyeshadow Cream in Celeste and Orion
- Beautycounter Necessary Neutrals Palette shades: Flame (transition), Brandy (crease and lower lash line), Midnight (outer V and lower lash line)
- Beautycounter Statement Palette: Denim and Peacock (above cut crease and outer V)
- Beautycounter Classic Palette: Ivory (inner cut crease). This could be swapped out for Halo from the First Light Highlighter palette.
- Lashes: Ardell Demi Wispies
- Lash Glue: KISS Strip Lash Adhesive with Aloe
- Mascara: Beautycounter Volumizing Mascara
- Brow Pencil: Beautycounter Color Define Eyebrow Pencil in Dark
There you have it! If you have any questions, please reach out to me! If you’re interested in safer cosmetics, join my VIP Facebook Page dedicated to Beautycounter news and specials.