This Cotton Candy Eye Makeup Look Is the Perfect Balance Between Soft and Edgy

January 27, 2021
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Cut crease eyeshadow and graphic eyeliner looks are two makeup trends that aren’t going anywhere any time soon. And just when I think I’ve seen every iteration of these looks, I stumble upon one that’s just a little bit different and absolutely stunning. Case in point: this outlined, cotton candy-colored cut crease by @watoniki. Something about the mix between the bold black liner and pastel hues is so striking to me, I wanted to recreate it. Keep reading for a step-by-step tutorial on how you can try it too.
  • STEP 1:

    Create Your Graphic Eyeliner

    I don’t have a steady hand, so creating the cut crease shape using liquid black eyeliner was the hardest part of this entire look for me. That being said, the Maybelline New York Hyper Easy Liquid Eyeliner Pen made it easier due to its intense pigmentation and easy-to-grip handle with a flexible tip. I started by creating a wing on the outer corner of my eyes then dragged the liner above my crease to create that half moon, cut crease look. 

  • STEP 2:

    Prime Inside Your Cut Crease

    Next, using a fine detail brush, I applied the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion on the inside of the cut crease shape to prepare for eyeshadow. 

  • STEP 3:

    Fill in Your Cut Crease

    I applied the shades Hacked, a soft peachy pink, and Lucid, an iridescent blue-green, from the Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Eyeshadow Palette on my lids. I focused Lucid on the outer part of my eye and Hacked on the inner corner, and blended until the two colors seamlessly merged into one another. 

    Tip: things might get a little messy during this step and your eyeliner might become faded due to eyeshadow fallout. Once you’re done, retrace your cut crease with your eyeliner to make it pop again.

  • STEP 4:

    Apply Eyeliner on the Bottom Lash Line

    This step is optional but to get an edgy effect similar to @watoniki’s look, I applied black eyeliner on my bottom lash line to mimic the look of lashes. Be sure to use tiny strokes for this. 

Photography and Makeup: Genesis Rivas, Design: Hannah Packer

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