The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE | BEAUTY - WORDS: SALLY COAT ES For more beauty ad­vice go to natashabowl­ing.com

At­tempt­ing up­per lid eye­liner — or God for­bid a wing — for the first time can be fairly trau­matic. If there’s one thing in beauty that’s harder than it looks, this is it.

If you’ve been burned be­fore, but can work up the courage to try again, we’ve en­listed the help of make-up ex­pert Natasha Bowl­ing for some hot tips. The first tip is ac­tu­ally about a tip ... of a brush.

“If you want to use a brush to ap­ply, use a su­per thin pointed brush,” Natasha says.

“Don't press hard, be­cause the harder you press the thicker the line.

“And don’t try and draw the line in one go. Use short, feath­ery strokes with a light hand.”

If you’re not con­fi­dent with a brush, you can al­ways use a pen, but Natasha tends to steer clear of the old-school pen­cils in favour of more mod­ern ver­sions.

“Eye­liner pens are good for begin­ners — re­ally wet eye­lin­ers can be dif­fi­cult if you’re learn­ing, but are great once you nail it and have a steady hand,” she says. “I also love these when us­ing the tape method.”

The tape method is a lit­tle trick for the per­fect winged eye — Natasha refers to it as “the ul­ti­mate cheat”.

“The sel­l­otape method has ex­ploded on In­sta­gram and it re­ally does work,” she says.

“Press the tape on your hand a few times so it’s not su­per sticky. You don't want to hurt the del­i­cate skin around your eye area.

“Place the tape in line with the cor­ner of your eye and the end of your eye­brow.

“From the cen­tre of your lash line, draw a stripe to­wards the outer lash line.

“Now con­tinue the line out­wards to­wards the tape and stop where you would like your liner to end. Gen­tly re­move the tape and you have a per­fect wing. If it has leaked you can al­ways use a cot­ton tip or make-up re­mover wipe to gen­tly tidy it up.”

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