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.
Using Makeup to Create the Illusion of a New Nose
What You’ll Need
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 perfect for giving off a shadow color, which is exactly what you want your contouring to look like.
Do NOT use bronzer. Bronzer is too warm to act as a contour color and your results will not look natural.
I prefer a matte highlighter when contouring noses because it looks more natural. An off white/nude eyeshadow can work well, but my favorite highlight is a lighter foundation color. Try a color 2-3 shades lighter than your skintone. If you’re going for the popular Instagram nose, use a shimmer highlighter such as Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer or Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators.
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. A thin, fluffy brush works 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.
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).
Contour placement depends on the shape of your nose! Use these guides to discover the proper product placement:
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!), 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).
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!
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!