The “Floating Crease” Is The Instagram Beauty Trend You Need To Try

Refinery29 | Mi-Anne Chan

You don’t have to love ’90s fashion or want a Britney Spears-inspired belly button ring right now to know that trends always come back. However, rare is it that they reappear in the exact same form. For example, when colorful eye makeup reappeared on the scene earlier this year, the looks were brand new — and totally unexpected.

The same can be said for the cut crease. Makeup artists and bloggers have hit the refresh button on this eye look, which traditionally embodied the heavy, dramatic look of the ’60s. To the contrary, the iterations sweeping the ‘gram right now are fresh, modern, and wonderfully minimal.

Makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes calls the look the “floating crease” and wears it often. “It’s this graphic, Twiggy-like line between your lash line and brow,” she explains. “It’s different from a cut crease in the way that it’s graphic and simple, rather than heavily blended and layered.”

Hughes attributes its popularity to the rise of minimalism in the makeup world. “I think some people crave that simplistic look because much of Instagram is the opposite,” she tells R29. “I like to use a freshly sharpened pencil and etch the line bit by bit, then use a pointy cotton swab to clean it up.” Bonus: It’s also a fun way to inject color into an otherwise neutral makeup look.

But enough gushing, we know you want to see the look in action. Check out our favorite versions ahead.

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Screw precision and finger paint a sparkly shadow onto the outer corners and your crease for a party-friendly look that looks effortless, but cool all the same.

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If there’s ever a moment for the slime-green eyeshadow trend to shine, it’s in the crease of your eye.
A floating crease also makes for an unlikely cat-eye.

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Hughes’ favorite way to wear a floating crease is with little other face makeup. “I like super fresh, light, minimal skin,” she says. “It keeps the look modern.”

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Etch your favorite color into your crease (shades like green and purple will flatter brown irises) and finish off with a few coats of mascara.
Why have one floating crease when you can have two?
While we love layering floating creases onto bare lids, the technique looks gorgeous layered over shadow, too.

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Match your floating crease to your under-eye makeup.
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After drawing on your crease with your desired liner, blend it out with some matching eye shadow for a softer, more diffused effect.

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