For a showstopping look, try velvet makeup with a glitter cut crease

Holiday season is just around the corner, and you probably have more than a few parties and gatherings to attend. When the mood is festive, you may feel like venturing into new territory with your makeup routine.
You may not be familiar with the term “velvet makeup,” but the concepts behind it are timeless. Essentially, you apply makeup in thin layers to create a matte canvas that looks as poreless as possible. Once you’ve achieved the perfect base, it’s time to create a showstopping look for your eyes. A cut crease requires multiple steps, but if you’re hoping to turn heads and look amazing in photographs, this is one eye makeup style that’s worth trying.
- Facial balm (Tarte Cosmic Maracuja Concentrated Face Balm)
- Makeup primer (Fenty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer)
- Fluffy foundation brush
- Liquid foundation (Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation)
- Concealer (Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer)
- Stippling brush
- Powder foundation (Marc Jacobs Perfection Powder Featherweight Foundation)
- Powder brush
- Matte beige eye shadow (Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette, Sand)
- Small face brush
- Contouring powder (Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette, Desert)
- Bronzer (Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette, Terracotta)
- Cheek brush
- Coral blush (Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush, Ecstasy)
- Metallic gold highlighter (Becca Apres Ski Glow Face Palette, Opal)
- Brown eyebrow pencil with screw brush attachment (NYX Precision Brow Pencil, Espresso)
- Dark brown eyebrow powder (Smashbox Brow Tech, Dark Brown)
- Angled brow brush
- Taupe cream eye shadow (MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot, Groundwork)
- Small eye shadow brush
- Matte sand eye shadow (Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette, Dawn)
- Matte orange eye shadow (Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette, New Wave)
- Matte coral eye shadow (Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette, Roxy)
- Fluffy blending brush
- Matte wine eye shadow (Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette, All Star)
- Flat concealer brush
- Matte bronze eye shadow (Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette, Fudge)
- Metallic bronze eye shadow (Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette, Adorn)
- Flat eye shadow brush
- Pewter glitter liquid eye shadow (Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow, Smoky Storm)
- Pink pearl duo-chrome eye shadow (Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette, Cube)
- Pencil brush
- Flesh-toned eyeliner pencil (MAC Studio Chromographic Pencil, NC15)
- Black eyeliner (NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker)
- False lashes
- Lash glue (not shown)
- Black mascara (Too Faced Damn Girl! 24-Hour Mascara)
- Dark plum lip pencil (MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, Absolutely It)
- Nude matte lipstick (Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick, 1995)
- Facial spray (Mario Badescu)
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1. Makeup looks better when applied on moisturized skin, so pat and press a small amount of facial balm into your skin.
2. Prepare your skin for makeup by applying makeup primer with a fluffy foundation brush in gentle, downward strokes. The brush will help press the primer into your skin, so your base makeup will go on smoothly.
3. Use the same brush to apply your foundation. Tip: Don’t swirl the brush in circles because this will fluff up the tiny hairs on your face.
4. To cover discoloration and brighten your under eye area as well as the center of your forehead, nose, chin and cupid’s bow, apply concealer with the applicator wand, and then use a stippling brush to work the product into your skin.
5. Layer powder foundation over the concealed areas of your face with a powder brush. This step mattifies the concealer and sets it for the day.
6. To further brighten the previously concealed areas, dust matte beige eye shadow onto them with a small face brush.
7. To make your nose look slimmer or straighter, apply contouring powder down each side and along the tip with the small face brush. Swirl the brush gently to diffuse any harsh lines.
8. Sculpt your cheekbones, temples, and chin by applying bronzer with the cheek brush. Begin by sweeping a diagonal line of product along each area then swirl the brush to soften the pigment.
9. Dust coral blush onto the apples of your cheeks with the cheek brush.
10. Draw light to your face by sweeping metallic gold highlighter onto the tops of your cheekbones as well as the tip of your nose and chin. You can also apply highlighter along the temples for more drama.
11. Shape the outline of your brows with brown eyebrow pencil, and then diffuse the pigment with the screw brush attachment.
12. Use an angled brow brush and dark brown eyebrow powder to fill in your brows.
13. Apply taupe cream eye shadow to the entire eye area with a small eye shadow brush. Tip: Flesh-colored cream eye shadow covers discoloration and acts as a primer for eye shadow.
14. Highlight the area under your brow bone with matte sand eye shadow.
15. Combine matte orange and coral eye shadow, and blend it into the crease area with the fluffy blending brush.
16. Sweep matte wine eye shadow just below the crease with the fluffy blending brush. You should be able to see all three colors.
17. Apply concealer to the eyelid, and then use a flat concealer brush to smooth out the line below the crease. Take your time doing this because this is a crucial step when doing a cut crease.
18. Darken the outer corner of the eyelid by applying matte bronze eye shadow with the fluffy blending brush.
19. Gently pat metallic bronze eye shadow onto the lid with the flat eye shadow brush. Once most of the pigment is in place, you can sweep the brush toward the darkened corner without fear of fallout.
20. To really make the eyes pop, apply pewter glitter liquid eye shadow onto the lid.
21. Brighten the inner corner of the eye near the tear duct by applying pink pearl duo-chrome eye shadow with a pencil brush.
22. Line the lower waterline with flesh-toned eyeliner pencil.
23. Combine matte and metallic bronze eye shadow, and sweep it below the lower lashes to round out the look.
24. Line the upper lid with black eyeliner.
25. Hold the false lashes with your fingers, and then apply a small amount of lash glue onto the lash band. Let the glue set for 10 seconds, and then apply the lashes just above your upper lash line.
26. Apply black mascara to the lower lashes. Note: The model in the video also applies mascara to the upper lashes. If you choose to apply mascara and false lashes, it’s best to apply mascara first to avoid damaging the false lashes.
27. Line the lips with dark plum lip pencil, and fill them in with nude matte lipstick.
28. Set your makeup, and remove any powdery residue by misting your face with facial spray. Tip: Hold the bottle 6 to 8 inches away from your face to prevent droplets from forming on your skin.
Wow! Enjoy yourself and stay pretty!