Tips for Adding a Dark Crease Color

Using a darker crease color can help add depth and dimension to your eye look. And, it’s as simple as adding just a little color.  So, today I want to show you how to do it and the difference it can make.

First, let’s define the “crease”.  The crease is the section of your eyelid area that follows right below your brow bone.  You can find it by feeling along your eye for the eye socket, which is the bone directly above your eye.  That “dip” between your eyeball and the bone is considered the crease.

Next, when choosing a crease color, you have some options:

  • A matte shade will add depth
  • A shimmer shade will reflect light

Typically, you will use a darker matte or satin shade that coordinates with the colors you applied on your entire lid.  However, play around with different colors and different finishes (satin, matte, shimmer, etc.) to see what you like best and what look you are going for.  My personal favorites to use are a matte or satin finish in a maroon, purple, navy blue, dark gray, brown, or black.

When applying the crease color, you’ll want to use a crease brush.   A crease brush is a small brush that is more stiff because it doesn’t focus on blending. It’s focus is to precisely apply the color where you need it; in the crease.  And, since the crease of the eye is a smaller area, this brush is designed perfectly to keep the color exactly where you want it without it spreading much.

Once you’ve decided on a color, swipe the brush through the color, and start in the center of your crease.  From here, pull the color to the outside of your eye, and then using a windshield wiper motion, blend it back and forth throughout the crease.  This will keep the color slightly more noticeable towards the outside of the eye and softer towards the inner eye (close to your nose).  This is personal preference, so again, play around with the placement of the color and find what you like best.

After you’ve applied the color, grab a blending brush, and gently blend the crease color to soften the look.  Again, this is a preference, so if you don’t want to blend it further, you don’t have to.

Here’s the finished look from the tutorial with one eye (the right eye when looking at the photo) filled in with the maroon color.  You can see it adds depth and a bit more dimension to this eye look.  It’s also a great way to easily go from a daytime look to an evening look.


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