Makeup with a gradient always looks unusual and spectacular. And even the usual arrows will play in a new way, if you choose bright colors instead of classic shades and connect them using smooth transitions. How? We'll tell you in step-by-step photo instructions

First, let's figure out what a gradient arrow is.

What does the gradient arrow look like?

Gradient arrows are a simple but effective solution for those who are tired of the usual black graphics. We already talked about how to create an ombre effect on the lips.In the case of arrows, the principle is the same: using several shades of eyeliner or eyeliner, you need to create a smooth transition. As a rule, a lighter shade is applied closer to the inner corners of the eyes, and a darker shade is applied to the outer.

How to draw an arrow with a gradient: step by step photo tutorial

Prepare the necessary cosmetics:


  • L'Oréal Paris Luxury Nutrition Cream

  • L'Oréal Paris Infaillible 24 foundation

  • Touche Éclat concealer by YSL Beauté

  • Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer blush


  • Eyes To Kill Stellar by Giorgio Armani

  • Maybelline New York Tattoo Liner

  • NYX Professional Makeup Off Tropic palette

  • Mascara Snapscara from Maybelline New York.

  1. Prep your skin with L'Oréal Paris Nourishing Luxury Cream

  2. Apply Infaillible 24 by L'Oréal Paris

  3. Hide puffiness and redness with YSL Beauté's Touche Éclat Pink Concealer

  4. Create a fresh look with Giorgio Armani's Fluid Sheer Blush. Apply them on the apples of your cheeks and blend a little in the crease of the eyelid.

  5. In makeup with a bright accent on the eyes, eyebrows should be as natural as possible. Simply brush them out and style them with clear gel.

  6. Urban Decay's Beached Bronzer for a subtle glow and tan effect

  7. For a cream base, apply a delicate shimmer eye tint to the upper eyelid.

  8. Set cream foundation with Eyes To Kill Stellar by Giorgio Armani

  9. Create the base of the wing with the Maybelline New York Tattoo Liner

    Work well on the eyelash contour and the base of the arrowhead.

    When you pull the tip, it is important to look straight ahead to achieve maximum symmetry.

  10. The gradient itself can be created using shadows from the Off Tropic palette from NYX Professional Makeup

    The whole arrow, including the ciliary contour, should be slightly shaded. Leave only the tip clear. Read more about how to draw arrows with shadows in this article.

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What lip makeup to choose for this look?

When it comes to such a self-sufficient eye makeup, it is logical to choose neutral shades for the lips. A transparent gloss with a volume effect or a matte nude lipstick in a faded rose shade will work well. They will be the final touch of the make-up, without distracting attention from the arrows.

At the same time, you can choose a more daring combination. For example, combine a spectacular arrow with a gradient and cherry lips.

Or use an ombre effect for both eyes and lips. But this option is more suitable for a party than for everyday life. If you decide to repeat, this video tutorial will help you.

Makeup with a gradient arrow for blondes

Blondes go with pastel colors. The image is fresh and romantic. Use blue and orange shadows as a base: this makeup will resemble a sunset. Draw the arrow with a blue liner, and highlight the inner corner with black. Makeup will look like the work of the Impressionists.

Gradient in ice tones is perfect, for example, for a New Year's party. Start with a silver glitter eyeliner at the inner corner, fading to shimmery blue mid-lid and black towards the ponytail. The image will be completed with blue mascara for eyebrows - for example, Brow Unlimited from Shu Uemura.

Makeup options with a gradient arrow for brunettes

Brunettes go for dramatic looks. Bright colors do not argue with a dark shade of hair. Girls can safely draw black arrows, turning into a rich wine at the outer corner.

You can find the shades you need in the NYX Professional Makeup Strictly Vinyl Eyeliner collection

If you prefer more subtle looks, use pink and purple shades of eyeshadow instead of gel eyeliner.

Choosing a pastel range, you can not be afraid to get too extravagant an image, even if the arrows go beyond the borders of the moving eyelid and reach almost to the very eyebrows.

With a synthetic brush, it's easy to draw even lines and fill them with color. Check out the Ultimate Shadow Palette in Cool Neutral by NYX Professional Makeup for the colors you want.

Would you dare to make up with gradient arrows? Tell us in the comments what lip makeup would complement this look.