Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Blue Cut!

To conclude 'Into the Blue' series, I was inspired by Illamasqua's famous Sophie-I technique, a cut crease smokey eye created by maverick Alex Box with proceedings from their sale going to Sophie Lancaster Foundation. There was a big buzz about this cut crease smokey eye and it did add another feather to this legendary makeup style.

I wanted to add my own twist to this technique and thought of using a bright shimmery sky blue to do the cut crease look.

This also happens to be one of the simplest looks I have done till now and its very malleable for anyone who wants to do a quick night-out makeup. Do make your own additions and I would love if you want to share them too.

Lets see how to do this easy-effortless-yet-glamorous-look.......

Since I have been totally obsessed by my BH cosmetics Tropical Shimmer palette a lot these days, I have used the color marked with star in this look.

BH Cosmetics 88 Tropical Shimmer Palette

Conceal under eyes to eliminate dark shadows especially when you are working with bright colors. Dark shadows can get accentuated and create an untoward effect so its important to conceal.

Prime the lids with Urban Decay Primer potion. Apply Clarins eyeshadow in Vanilla Beige over the lids to make them more neutral and matte. You could also use powder foundation in a color lighter.

Just above the crease, draw an inverted banana like should look like a parabola using NYX Retractable liner in Blue eyes.

Keep this line above the crease so when you open your eyes this line does not disappear.

Smudge towards the brow bone with a similar colored eyeshadow.

Trace the upper lash line with NYX Blue eyes and  join the line in the crease to create a 'V'.

This is how it looks.This technique btw is called 'Cut Crease'.

Trace the lower lash line with Blue eyes too. Tame the brows. You can keep brows looking natural and busy to add a bit of casualness to the look.

Highlight inner corners with Stila eyeshadow in Wheat which is a neutral beige shimmer and an incredible highlight.

Finish off with lots of Revlon Grow Luscious mascara after curling the lashes with Shiseido eyelash curler.

This is the finished look. I have added a bit of Bourjois Intense eyeshadow in Extrait 10 on the outer corners to add a bit of depth. But this could be an optional step. This look can be created using bright greens, chartreuse, lilacs, purples and even reds. I just dont advice neutral colors although extreme blacks, burgundies and deep browns may make the look more wearable.

Keeping the rest of the face with a soft shimmer just adds radiance and glow to this look.

  • MAC Pro longwear foundation SPF 10
  • Shiseido Natural Finish Creamy concealer
  • Inglot YSM compact powder
  • Clinique long last lipstick in Soft Bronze
  • NARS Orgasm Illuminator
  • Shiseido Accentuating Blush in Glistening Brown
  • Urban Decay Primer potion
  • MAC Bark for the brows
  • Clarins Mono eyeshadow in Vanilla Beige
  • NYX Retractable pencil in Blue Eyes
  • Stila Eyeshadow in Wheat
  • BH cosmetics 88 Tropical shimmery palette....steely sky blue.
  • Revlon Grow Luscious mascara
  • Shiseido Eye lash curler
  • Brushes used : Clinique Foundation Brush, Shiseido Blush Brush, Scott Barnes Contour Brush, NYX Large shader brush, Sigma Pencil brush, Smashbox Angled brow brush, Urban decay good karma brush.

Hope you liked this tutorials. Let me know in the comments section.

Till then,


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  1. this is sooooo stunning Neeraj .... loveddddd the color and it is springggg appropriate :D :D

    1. Thanks Rashmi....I am so happy with BH cosmetics palettes...they save so much of my money,,

      SO happy u liked it!

  2. a fine work of art there, Neeraj. seductive :)

  3. I luv d way youve added the blue eyeshadow.. It somehow looks more complete that way.. :)

  4. So true Zara...I wanted it to a look a bit blended and not too harsh...The fun of the makeup would have got lost otherwise. I smartly applied some black on the outer corners..very little but not so inconspicuous

    1. looks too start without that tiny bit of addition and blending...

  5. wow! i loved it..its something which i can easily wear too :)

  6. Thanks a lot anamika. Planning to do some more versions with this concept.

  7. Why did my comment din show up... :(
    Anyay...lovely tut..dr neeraj..i loved ur eyes here..

    1. Hi purplesnpinks....your comments go for moderation before they are published and I do them asap....Thanks a lot for liking the let me know if u r looking for something!

    2. I like the concept, I just feel it would be a bit incomplete for my tastes. It isn't bad whatsoever though so don't take it that way. I also favor extremely blended eyeshadow looks. I would add a shimmery cream colored shadow, or for less subtle, champagne colored, blend it into the blue, but keep the sharp blue in the crease.So blend it where the meet and then darken it in the crease itself. However it is a very nice look and compliments your eyes!


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