Beauty Tips and Tricks, Face, General, How-To's:

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 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

  • Reply Sobia December 22, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    The tip was great.

  • Reply Palak February 8, 2016 at 10:27 am

    All tips are awesummmm

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