How to draw arrows on the eyes

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Pencil or eyeliner? “Cat or classic? Black or color? Here’s how to draw arrows.

HOW TO DRAW ARROWS?


Eye liners can be created with a variety of beauty products, choose your option depending on the result you want to achieve.

1. Eyeliner

Eyeliners

It comes in liquid, gel and cream, comes in different formats (liner or felt-tip, in a jar), with tips and brushes of different thicknesses. All eyeliners are suitable for creating classic arrows with perfectly smooth edges, but each has its own characteristics.


If you’re a beginner, a thicker brush or a flick eyeliner is better suited to use.

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If you’re very handy, you can use a really thin eyeliner brush, and if you have a droopy eyelid then make sure to use really long-lasting eyeliners that can literally freeze on your eyelid. By the way, if the eyeliner dried out, do not rush to throw it away – you may be able to “revive” it.

2. Pencil

pencils for eyes

The easiest option for those who do not know how to draw arrows at all and are just about to take their first steps in this direction. It’s best to use a well-sharpened, perfectly formed pencil, but make sure that it must not scratch the eyelid – the lead must glide easily across the skin.

Tip! Put the pencil in the freezer for 30 seconds before sharpening.

Soft caials are not very useful to draw sharp arrows but they are perfect to trace mucous contour of eyelids and inter eyelid space. It can also be used for smoky arrows and as a substrate for a smoky eye makeup.

The gel- or cream-textured products are suitable for both mucosa work and for drawing arrows – but not graphic ones, but with soft flowing contours.

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3. Shadows


Use regular shadows to draw “smoky” arrows. In this case, a fine cut eyeliner brush will work for you, which allows you to create even lines.

HOW TO DRAW ARROWS WITH A PENCIL?

A step-by-step photo guide to help you create the perfect arrows, even if you’re doing it for the first time.

Prepare your eyelid

HOW TO DRAW ARROWS WITH A PENCIL?


This step is very important, as a good base is half the success. You shouldn’t use eye cream or other products that can leave a sticky or wet residue on your skin. Cleanse your eyelid with micellar water and apply a reliable eyelid primer. Or powder the eyelid thoroughly.

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Apply an inter eyeliner

HOW TO DRAW ARROWS WITH A PENCIL?


To make your eyelashes look thicker and to create a more harmonious and complete eye lash makeup look, use a permanent eyeliner pencil to blur between the eyelashes on the upper eyelid.

Edge your eyelashes with the pencil, working from the inner corner of the eyelid to the outer corner (don’t forget to sharpen it first!). To avoid liner imprinting on the lower eyelid, try not to blink for the first 10-15 seconds after applying the pencil.

Draw the ponytail of the eyeliner

HOW TO DRAW ARROWS WITH A PENCIL?


Looking in the mirror in front of you, draw a delicate arrow “tail”. Repeat this step on the second eye to achieve symmetry. If you want the arrow to be pointed, put the pencil to the corner of your eye and make a rather sharp jerky movement towards the temple, as if leaving a small stroke.

Accentuate the contour of your eyelashes

HOW TO DRAW ARROWS WITH A PENCIL?


Gently trace a line along the lashline with a pencil and connect it with the “ponytail.” For the line to be as straight as possible, as you draw it, use your finger to pull away a little the skin of the eyelid at the outer corner of the eye toward the temple. It is important to remember that you should never pull away the skin too much, and also don’t try to repeat this technique at the first stage when you draw the “ponytail” of the arrow, otherwise it will turn out very uneven.

Make it look thicker

HOW TO DRAW ARROWS WITH A PENCIL?


Moving from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner, gradually thicken the arrow, immediately duplicating any action on the other side as well. Apply mascara to the lashes.

For this photo tutorial, we used a hard lead pencil. If you’re more comfortable using video tutorials, however, look for the themed tutorial below.

You can also learn how to create perfect arrows with a gel eye pencil from our video tutorial.

HOW TO DRAW ARROWS WITH EYELINER?

If pencil arrows for you already passed stage, move on to the creation of graphic arrows with liquid or gel eyeliner. Here are two photographic instructions: the first will help to create a classic thin arrow, the second – the basic variant cat eye.

Slim line

HOW TO DRAW ARROWS WITH EYELINER


Draw a fine line parallel to the lash line from the outer corner of the eye.

HOW TO DRAW ARROWS WITH EYELINER

Connect the resulting “tail” and the lash contour between each other.

HOW TO DRAW ARROWS WITH EYELINER

Between the eyelashes, on the upper eyelid, use a black waterproof pencil.

HOW TO DRAW ARROWS WITH EYELINER

Use a small pencil brush to put a “flare” of light shadow in the inner corner of the eye, and the same brush under the eyebrow. That way your eye won’t look flat against the bright arrow.

HOW TO DRAW ARROWS WITH EYELINER

Put mascara on your lashes. The look is ready!

L’Oreal Paris SuperLiner 

Wide arrow

How to draw arrows on the eyes

Prepare the eyelid by applying eye shadow base or powdering it. Pump the gel eyeliner onto a thin brush and draw in a line from the corner of your eye to the crease of the upper eyelid. The line should run parallel to the base of the eyebrow.

How to draw arrows on the eyes

Visually divide a line along the contour of the upper lashes into four equal parts. Step back 1/4 from the outer corner and draw a line toward the tip of the “ponytail.”

How to draw arrows on the eyes

From the inner corner of your eye, draw a smooth line to the middle of the line you drew in the previous step.

How to draw arrows on the eyes

Paint the resulting “empty” stripes.

How to draw arrows on the eyes

On the upper eyelid, apply mascara to the lashes.

Double arrows

Double arrows are one of the runway trends. But they have more powerful advantages: they visually increase the size of the eyes and make the lashes visually thicker. To draw them correctly, start the makeup with the tails of the arrows, and then draw lines along the lash contour.

If you like to experiment with makeup, don’t be tied to an eyelash contour – let the upper border of the arrow run above the crease of your eyelids.

In our video tutorials you will find more ideas for creating unusual eye makeup with arrows. Here is a detailed photo tutorial for creating a makeup with fancy double arrows.

Arabian arrows

This option of arrows can hardly be called everyday, but they look super effective in photos, that’s why they became so popular in social networks.

Arabian arrows do not mean any specific shape, but rather the overall impression of the image. Wide arrows with sharp ponytails directed to the temples; eyelids, brightly lined both top and bottom (like Jadie from “Clone” series); thin arrow plus “smoky” shading… Each of these makeup variations can be called Arabian.

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What they have in common is an accent: the arrow must be visible and clear, wide enough and long enough. In a word, do not spare the liquid eyeliner and do not economize on the kiale!

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Lifted arrows with a cat eye effect

Do you want to create a “cat” eye makeup? Then you need to learn how to draw raised arrows. It is not complicated: draw lines from the outer corners of the eyes towards the tips of the eyebrows, then paint between the mascara and connect everything with a smooth line.

When drawing the tips of your arrows, don’t pull the skin and don’t cover your eyes

For those who have absolutely no “cat” arrows, L’Oréal Paris invented Superliner Cat Eye eyeliner. It is equipped with a miniature stencil, designed specifically for creating a cat eye. All you have to do is to accurately fill the contours.

L’Oreal Paris Makeup Infallible Flash Cat Eye

HOW TO DRAW ARROWS WITH EYESHADOW?

  • Use a brush with a beveled angle for eyeliner. A similar brush for eyebrow makeup will also work.
  • Moisten the brush a little bit with water (but only slightly, it should not end up wet!).
  • Scoop up some dry shadow with the brush so as to “cover” both sides of the brush. Shake off the excess by running the brush over your hand. Otherwise, the shadow will immediately fall out under the eyes.
  • Starting from the inner corner of the eye, draw a line towards the outer corner, moving it slightly over the edge. Try to keep the brush as close as possible to the lash line.

10 SECRETS OF HOW TO DRAW ARROWS PERFECTLY

  • Drawing straight beautiful arrows from the first time is unlikely to work, but if you know a few beauty tricks, you can achieve the desired result pretty quickly. Follow our tips.

 HOW TO DRAW ARROWS PERFECTLY
  • To avoid trembling when drawing the arrow, rest your elbow on a flat surface. Press the pinkie of the hand that is used to draw the arrow against your cheek, as this gives you an extra foothold.
  • If it doesn’t look perfect, use black shadow to soften any jagged edges.
  • Even if you chose a permanent eyeliner, wait until it dries and top it off with a transparent powder. This will help extend the life of your makeup.
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  • Concealer or corrector can quickly and easily fix the mistakes in your makeup: just use it to cover the sections where extra eyeliner or pencil were spotted. If you can’t find any of these products on hand, you can wipe those stray arrows with clear balm or lip gloss.
  • Another useful and popular tip for beginners: before drawing a line with eyeliner, place a few dots in a row along the eyelash contour. Connect them to get a more or less even line.
  • Before painting your eyes with eyeliner, use shadows to trace a “rough” line, and only then draw the main line.
  • Glue a strip of tape near the outer corner of the eye to create a neat and even “tail” of the arrow. For the same purpose you can also use other means at hand: a spoon, a business card or a discount card.
  • In order to make the arrows straight, it is very easy to draw them as you can, and then simply remove the excess with a cotton bud or a beveled synthetic brush dipped in makeup remover.
  • Start drawing from the “uncomfortable side” – from the left eye if you are right-handed, and from the right eye if you are left-handed.
  • Draw the “tails” of the arrows only with your eyes open – so it will be easier to control their direction, length and symmetry.

HOW TO DRAW ARROWS FOR DIFFERENT EYE SHAPES

Almond-shaped eyes

How to draw arrows on the eyes

Emphasize one third of the lower eyelid with dark eyeshadow or eyeliner, and then extend that line just above to the crease. This will be the direction of your arrow and its “tail”. Outline the contour of the lashes on the upper eyelid, connecting it to the “tail”. In your case, the arrow should thicken smoothly towards the outer corner of the eye.

How to draw arrows on the eyes

Eyes with drooping corners

How to draw arrows on the eyes

If the outer corners of your eyes are slightly down, accentuate the upper part of the arrow. The “ponytail” in this version of makeup should be long enough and impressive, pointing in the direction of the temple. Emphasize the lower eyelid by 1/3 with black shadow or pencil.

How to draw arrows on the eyes

Small eyes

How to draw arrows on the eyes

To visually enlarge the eyes, make the “tails” of the arrows longer. Underline the eyelid, draw a line further in the direction of the temple and finish it already behind the line of the fold of the eye. Then connect this line to the contour along the upper lashes.

Round eyes

How to draw arrows on the eyes

To narrow the eyes, on the contrary, darken the mucous contour of the eyelids with a dark pencil or eyeliner. Draw a fine line under the lashline. The “tails” of the arrows are better to draw almost horizontal, to visually stretch the eye toward the temple.

How to draw arrows on the eyes

Hanging eyelid

How to draw arrows on the eyes

In your case the arrow should be rather wide, filling the sufficient part of the mobile eyelid. Learn more in this step-by-step photo tutorial and in the video tutorial below.

To accentuate the beauty of your eyes, try doing a variation of cat eye makeup. Use eyeliner to highlight the lashes’ height line (both above and below), and point the “tails” of the arrows diagonally to the temple.

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How to draw arrows on the eyes

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Hello! My name is Victoria Zinchenko. I am 27. I love to travel, makeup and spend time with benefits. Also interested in music, teaching, foreign languages. I take notes, write on different beauty topics and share my experience.
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Hello! My name is Victoria Zinchenko. I am 27. I love to travel, makeup and spend time with benefits. Also interested in music, teaching, foreign languages. I take notes, write on different beauty topics and share my experience.

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