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How To: Slim Your Nose with Makeup

Rhinoplasty is one of the top five most common plastic surgery procedures performed each year. The good news is makeup can be an effective way to slim your nose instead of choosing to go under the knife.

Plastic Surgeons say Kate Middleton has the most requested nose.

Using Makeup to Create the Illusion of a New Nose

What You’ll Need:

Contour Powder/Cream

You can use a product made specifically for contouring, or try a foundation 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone. Matte cool toned, brown eyeshadow can work just as well too. If you’re a makeup beginner, I recommend starting out with a powder product vs cream.

My favorite contour products are Kevyn Aucoin’s Sculpting Powder, and Senna Cosmetic’s Contour kit (cream). The contour shades are really unique and give off  a “shadow” color which is exactly what you want your contouring to look like.

.Senna Cosmetics Sculpting Kit: Perfect for Contouring


I prefer a matte highlighter when contouring noses. An off white/nude eyeshadow can work as well. My favorite highlight is a lighter foundation color. Try a color 2-3 shades lighter than your skintone.


Angled Brush

An angled brush works great for sculpting noses. Keep it small  and firm so that you have more control over where your product ends up.



Fluffy Blending Brush or Sponge

For blending your contouring. I prefer the Beauty Blender sponge to soften lines, but brushes work well too.

How To: Slim a Wide Nose

Step 1  Applying your foundation before or after your contour is a personal preference. I like to contour after I’ve done foundation because I feel like I have more control over what the end result will look like.

How to Contour Your Nose

Step 2 Dip your angled brush into your contour powder/cream/eyeshadow and draw a line down each side of your nose. Keep it light. It’s easier to build product than to take it away. (Check out the diagram above to get an idea about where to place your lines).

**Different Contour Placement Options: Depending on Your Specific Nose**

If your nose is consistently wide all the way up, carry your line to the bridge of the nose. Blend into the tip of your eyebrow for a seamless transition.

If your nose is wider at the bottom, draw a small line outward when you get to your nostrils.

If the tip of your nose is wide or bulbous (I hate that word! I had to use it though, sorry), draw a “down-facing arrow” once you reach the bottom. This will give the illusion of a slimmer tip.

Step 3: Clean off your brush, or get a new one.

Step 4: Dip your brush into your highlighter powder/cream/ eyeshadow and draw a slender, subtle stripe down the center of your nose. (See Diagram).

TIP: If the bottom or tip of your nose is wide, only take your highlight half-way down.

Step 5: Take a clean fluffy brush or makeup sponge and blend your lines (try not to blend them together though). Blend until you can’t see a “line” anymore; just subtle shadows. It should look natural! Blend Blend Blend!

Keep in mind, my diagrams are just for reference. Please don’t go outside with stripes down your nose. If you have followed the directions correctly, you should notice a subtle change in your nose. Let me know if it worked for you, or if you have any questions!

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  • Reply Cheryl January 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Thank you for this! My nose is really wide and I’ve always heard about this technique but never understood how to actually do it. The diagrams helped a lot. I hope it works on my nose!

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey January 26, 2010 at 7:18 pm

      I’m glad I could help! Actually seeing how its done always helps me better than reading the steps as well. Let me know how it goes and if you have any questions.

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    I have used the NoseSecret nose corrector for years and I find them very helpful when it comes to slim the nose without surgery or make up.
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    I’ve been conturing for a while, no one thinks there’s anything wrong wih my nose but i don’t like it, this is the best conture advice i’ve found on the web, you may have stopped me from considering going under the knife in the future :)

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  • Reply Sahiba May 11, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Hi, actually i need your help i’m sahiba. Actually my nose is so wide i just wanted to know is there any option to get my nose lil bit slim without sergery or make up. I’m so upset, plz help me out.

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey May 17, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Hi Sahiba,
      Outside of the tricks I listed in the post above, there is not much you can really do to reduce the width of your nose without surgery. Practice with makeup and you’ll see a difference. Good luck!

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  • Reply lola May 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    really great post ! i just have a question about contouring the nose tip specifically …i tried the upside down arrow but it does not help my nose tip somebody else recommended that i try the upside down “v”. I was wondering whether you could explain this alternate method further please ! :)

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey May 19, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Hi Lola!
      The V is pretty much the same as the arrow. The only thing that makes it different is the shading down the sides of the nose. If you don’t want to alter the width of the bridge of your nose, don’t shade down the sides; only shade the tip in the “v” shape. Basically you will be using your contour powder or cream to shade the sides of the tip of your nose, joining them in the middle at the very center of your nose tip, making it look slimmer.
      Hope this makes sense! It’s hard to explain without photos so If you have any other questions feel free to ask :)

  • Reply lola May 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

    thank you so much for the reply this is honestly the best nose contouring post on the internet by far! your are really great thank you soooo soo much. This post actually saved me from seriously considering rhinoplasty :)
    your explanation was helpful but i was wondering if you could please suffice a quick diagram like the ones shown above to illustrate it. I think i get what you are saying but it would be really beneficial to get your exact methodology behind the alternate method :)

  • Reply anna August 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    i ddnt had any confedence in public bcoz of my wide nose my colleages always used to tease me for the same now iam happy i hope this will work

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  • Reply jess March 21, 2013 at 8:58 am

    cool-hope it works for mine too-my nose is normal but i still want to make it smaller

  • Reply sara July 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    hello, i hope u relpy, but my nose goes staight down starting from my eyebrows then at the tip its a bump how can i concour that large bump and there is lots of sken from my nostils to the tip

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey July 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Hi Sara,
      Without seeing your nose it’s hard to know exactly where you should contour. Based on the description you gave, I’d follow the directions within the post in regards to the “bulbous” tip. Shading the the sides of the tip might work as well.

  • Reply Lola September 3, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Hi! This post is absolutely great! I’ve been considering rhino lately but I think I’ll give it one more try! My problem is that my nose is long and the tip goes down whenever I laugh. i hate my photos! And the bridge gets wider just above my nostrils and then slims down. Any suggestions? Thank you so much!!

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey September 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Hi Lola. Darkness recedes and lightness highlights so in order to give the illusion of a shorter tip, I’d (carefully!) contour it. Focus on the underside and curve of the tip of your nose . It will make it look a little shorter and a little more turned up. Hope this helps!

  • Reply Nimra Arif September 16, 2013 at 11:09 am

    hey…This post is absolutely fantastic… it really worked for me.. thank you soo much for this awesome post.. i have been looking all over the internet for a very long time but nothing found as effective as this post is..thank you again.. and you very very pretty :)

    can you please tell me how do i cover my dark circles?

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    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey September 19, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Hi Nimra,
      Thanks so much! Im glad that it worked for you. To cover dark circles I like to use a peach based concealer. Basic color theory says that orange (peach) is the opposite of blue (blueish tint of dark circles) so it cancels out the color perfectly. Eve Pearl is infamous for her peach concealer and she has shades for all skin tones. I highly recommend it!! Let me know if you have any other questions :)

  • Reply Poppy November 7, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Thank you so much for this! Just about to try it out for myself. I’ve been researching rhinoplastry all day and even considered applying for a finance loan to cover the costs. Seeing this has made me stall that option :)

    Thank you!!!

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  • Reply Vicki Strawn February 8, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Have you tried having nose right tool. it really make your nose smaller. i also used it from 2month now my nose really smaller and sharp.

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey February 8, 2014 at 11:08 am

      Hi Vicki,
      I’ve never heard of Nose Right but I just googled it and it looks interesting. Glad you’ve seen improvement!

  • Reply Nicole June 13, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I love your site! I’ve been looking and looking for someone to address the contouring issue of a nose with a skinny bridge and a rounded/bulbous tip. All I can find out there is stuff to contour a wide nose all the way down. The bridge of my nose doesn’t need to be any skinnier, but the ball on the end does! What do you do with that! Thanks a million! : )

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey June 14, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Hi Nicole!
      I have a similar nose as you, and you would follow a similar pattern as Option #3 on Step #1 but don’t contour the bridge, just focus on the tip. I usually tell people to draw a down facing arrow from the top of one nostril, pointing in the center of the tip of your nose, and back up to the other nostril. Blend well. Hope this makes sense.

  • Reply Ty July 16, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Hi! Loved your advice. How does this work for women of color? I have sienna colored skin with lots of gold undertones. Can I use the same technique. What about my friends with really dark skin. Can they do it too?

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey July 16, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Hi Ty! Yes, this technique works for any and every skin tone. For you, I’d contour with a cream foundation shade 2-3 shades darker than the shade you normally wear. Or, I also like makeup forever’s sculpting kit. Without seeing you, it’s hard to recommend the shade but they have 4 different ones that fit most skin tones. For girls that have really dark skin (think Alec Wek or Lupita Nyong’o), I actually use a black cream based product. It can seem scary at first but with proper blending it can turn out beautifully. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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  • Reply Barbara September 30, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Thanks for the best nose slimming instructions ever. My nose is still an issue even after surgery years ago. I know where contour needs to be applied, but my problem is which drugstore product to use. I have a limited budget. I also would like to tone down my aging lower face. However I have very fair skin and it becomes a problem to contour. Thanks so much

  • Reply manjinder gill February 14, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    hii….i m also wanted to try dis technique for thinining of nose….i hav wider and bulbous nose…i want to look gorgeous on my marriage …..plzz tell me any more products or technique ….

  • Reply bukky February 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Am a make up artist but I know I need to learn more, and my jobs are not really good at all, please give me some tips on how to improve myself. thanks

  • Reply Cheri Hartman March 2, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    According to my doctor there is one way try nose right tool for make your nose smaller permanent without makeup .

  • Reply Gail FitzGerald May 8, 2015 at 6:34 am

    without makeup make nose smaller just try to use noseright tool which is totally work natural i am also using that same tool and trust me i got amazing result

  • Reply Emily July 25, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I’ve always used dream matte mouse in light porcelain and put shed loads of stay matte powder by rimmel for a full face coverage with bronzer on my cheeks for colour. I want to know what I can do to get a very nice coverage without all of this foundation/powder as I’m freckly but my whole face becomes white as hell and I’m stuck in a make up rut

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey July 26, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Hi Emily, are you using full coverage foundation in order to hide your freckles?

      If you don’t want to completely cover your freckles, are you sure you need full coverage? What is your skin like? Honestly, I rarely use only full coverage on anyone because it ends up looking pretty mask-like (like you mentioned). I like to use a light/medium coverage foundation on the whole face, and then a heavier cream foundation or concealer to go-over areas that need more coverage. I’m also not a big fan of powder. I think with the right products, you can get the coverage you desire with just a light dusting of powder to set the foundation (if you’re oily, or really need it).

      If you want to totally cover your freckles, look into a fuller coverage foundation. Creams work best. Unfortunately, when it comes to foundation, I haven’t tried a drugstore version that I like that has both full coverage and a natural look. I’ve never used Dream Matte Mousse.

      I swear by Kevyn Aucoin SSE for heavy coverage, but a natural looking finish. He has a pale shades that would suit you. It’s expensive but you only need a tiny bit so one pot will last a quite while. Also look into Cover FX and RCMA. RCMA is a professional foundation but it’s great and has amazing coverage while still looking like skin.

      I hope this helps, feel free to email me if you have any other questions or need clarification!

  • Reply sara September 25, 2015 at 4:23 am

    I have a hump nose do suggest me any idea
    Other Dan surgery

  • Reply Richard October 5, 2015 at 12:15 am

    I am a Nigerian a male I have a bigger noise which makes me ashamed but seen ur steps I be gald if it works on my noise I pray so

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